Janny Wurts

Janny Wurts

Janny Wurts is the author of eighteen books, twenty nine short stories, and the internationally best selling Empire trilogy written in collaboration with Raymond E. Feist. Her recent novel, To Ride Hell's Chasm, is a stand alone fantasy, with the newest in her ongoing Wars of Light and Shadows series, Initiate’s Trial, just released. Through her combined talents as a writer/illustrator, Janny endeavors to create a seamless interface between words and pictures. The book cover images, both in the US and in most translations abroad, are her own paintings reflecting her vision of characters and setting. Her research includes direct outdoor experience, at times lending her sailing, riding and wilderness scenes somewhat hair raising facets of realism. A self–taught painter, she draws directly from imagination in a representational style evolved from pencil drawings to oil paint. Says Janny of her work, "I chose to frame my storytelling against a backdrop of fantasy because I can handle even the most sensitive issues with the gloves off.” Beyond writing, Janny's award winning paintings have been showcased in exhibitions of imaginative artwork, among them a commemorative exhibition for NASA's 25th Anniversary; the Art of the Cosmos at Hayden Planetarium in New York; and two exhibits of fantasy art at the Canton Art Museum. The Delaware Art Museum has one of her paintings from its collection on display in the current illustration exhibit. She lives in Florida in a state of creative havoc with a husband, two Bengal cats, three horses, and a back yard likely to be visited by wildlife, bagpipers, and sword bearing reenactors for period black powder demonstrations.

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