Liz Williams was born in 1965. Her mother was a Gothic novelist (Veronica Williams), and her father was a part time conjurer, so it was no big surprise that she became a science fiction fan at the age of 10. Jack Vance’s “Planet of Adventure” series was the first SF to really get her enthused. She also became a fan of the following authors: Ray Bradbury, Mary Gentle, Ursula Le Guin, C. J. Cherryh, George R. R. Martin, Tanith Lee, and Marion Zimmer Bradley. Liz Williams attended the University of Manchester from 1983 to 1987, the University of Sussex in Brighton from 1987 to 1988, and Magdalene College at the University of Cambridge from 1988 to 1993 (where she did her PhD in the philosophy of science). Prior to working as a writer full time, Liz Williams did a variety of part time jobs, most notably as a tarot reader on Brighton Pier. After this, she worked as an administrator for an education programme in Kazakhstan. Liz Williams moved out to the region in 1996 when she worked for an educational consultancy in the region. She spent time in both the UK and Kazakhstan for the next few years, but the collapse of the post-Soviet economy meant the loss of her business. Liz then ran an IT programme at Brighton’s Women Centre for a year before becoming a full time writer in 2002. Over 40 of Liz Williams’ excellent short stories have been published in a variety of magazines: “Interzone” was the first to publish her (“A Child of the Dead”), “Terra Incognita” published “Voivodi”, “Asimov’s”, “The Third Alternative”, “Visionary Tongue”, and she’s had several stories published in “Realms of Fantasy” (such as “Dancing Day”). Liz is secretary to the Milford SF workshop. Liz’s first novel, which she first started writing when she was 13, was “The Ghost Sister”, was published in 2001. This was followed by “Empire of Bones” (2002), “The Poison Master” (2003), “Nine Layers of Sky” (2004), “Banner of Souls” (2004 – shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award), “The Snake Agent” (2005), and “Darkland” 2006. A short story collection, “Banquet of the Lords of Night and Other Stories”, was published in 2004. Both “The Ghost Sister” and “Empire of Bones” were nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award. Several Liz Williams novels are due to be published in the near future: “Bloodmind” (2007), “The Demon and the City” (2007/2008), “Vanished” (2008), and “Precious Dragon” (2008/2009). As well as writing, Liz Williams is currently a director of a witchcraft supply shop in Glastonbury.
“La Malcontenta” – a Liz Williams short story published in “Strange Horizons”
“Dancing Day” – a Liz Williams short story published in “Storyville”
The Blood Thieves – our review of this Liz Williams story, which marries Norse mythology to modern day genetics.
Dog Years – our review
Adventures in the Ghost Trade by Liz Williams
The Unthinkables – our review of the Liz Williams story that first featured the alien race from “Empire of Bones”
Read our Liz Williams interview – probably the first ever!
Alchemical Marriages and Alien Bureaucrats – Nick Gevers interviews Liz Williams for the SF Site from December 2002
Strange Horizons – Cheryl Morgan’s interview with Liz Williams from October 2003
Suite101.com – Debbie Lesesma’s interview with Liz Williams
Liz Williams: The Magician’s Daughter – excerpts from an interview published in May 2004
The Druid Network – Sioned Wynn’s interview with Liz Williams from 2005
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