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Jay Kristoff is a tragic nerd, but has spent the last ten years dumping expeez into his Intimidation stat, with the result that nobody is brave enough to say it to his face. He grew up in the second most isolated capital city on earth and fled at his earliest convenience, although he’s been known to trek back for weddings of the particularly nice and funerals of the particularly wealthy. He spent most of his formative years locked in his bedroom with piles of books, or gathered around dimly-lit tables rolling polyhedral dice. Being the holder of an Arts degree, he has no education to speak of.

His first novel, Stormdancer, was critically acclaimed in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, shortlisted for the Aurealis Award, and nominated for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards. The Lotus War novella The Last Stormdancer won the 2014 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Fiction. Jay’s new series, the SciFi thriller Illuminae, which he co-authored with Amie Kaufman, is due for publication by Random House in October 2015. A new fantasy series, The Nevernight Chronicle, commences with book 1, Nevernight, from St Martins Press/Thomas Dunne Books in 2016. He is as surprised about all this as you are.

Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13380 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.

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