More About Me

I have been writing science fiction and fantasy professionally since 1982, served as Secretary of Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers of America, chaired the 2017 jury for the Philip K. Dick Award, attended LaunchPad Astronomy Workshop, and have taught a whole bunch of writing and led writer's workshops.

As Deborah Wheeler, I wrote 2 science fiction novels, Jaydium and Northlight, as well as short stories in Asimov's, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sisters of the Night, Star Wars: Tales From Jabba's Palace, Realms of Fantasy, and almost all of the Sword and Sorceress and Darkover anthologies. Collaborators, a sf novel under Wheeler, was a Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. My most recent projects -- under my birth name, Ross -- include Darkover novels with the late Marion Zimmer Bradley, and an original fantasy series, The Seven-Petaled Shield. I made my editorial debut in 2008 with Lace and Blade and then The Feathered Edge: Tales of Magic, Love, and Daring, continuing the Darkover anthologies, and co-editing Sword and Sorceress. I've been nominated for a bunch of awards and several of my short stories were awarded Honorable Mention in Year's Best SF.

In between writing, I've lived in France, worked as a medical assistant to a cardiologist, revived an elementary school library, studied Hebrew and yoga, and have been active in the women's martial arts network. I also knit for charity, so if your good cause is having an auction, contact me about donating one of my creative hats. I also work to abolish the death penalty and for the rights of gender and sexual minorities.

My pronouns are she/her.