You Know Him From: Writer of many Star Wars and Dune spin-off novels.
Did You Know?:Kevin J. Anderson was born March 27, 1962 in Racine, Wisconsin. He is an American science fiction author with over forty bestsellers. He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, &!@*#an A.E., and The X-Files, and with Brian Herbert is the co-author of the Dune prequels. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity. He has also written several comic books including the Dark Horse Star Wars collection Tales of the Jedi written in collaboration with Tom Veitch, Predator &!@*#les (also for Dark Horse), and X-Files &!@*#les for Topps. Some of Anderson’s superhero novels include Enemies & Allies, about the first meeting of Batman and Superman, and The Last Days of Krypton, telling the story of how Krypton came to be destroyed and the choice two parents had to make for their son.
Anderson serves as a judge in the Writers of the Future contest.
He is also participating in the The Stellar Guild series published by Phoenix Pick. The series pairs bestselling authors like Anderson with lesser known authors in science fiction and fantasy to help provide additional visibility to them.
His wife is author Rebecca Moesta. They currently reside near Monument, Colorado.
The War of the Worlds greatly influenced him. He wrote his first story at eight years old entitled Injection. At ten, he bought a typewriter and has written ever since.
In his freshman year in high school, he submitted his first short story to a magazine, but it took two more years before one of his manuscripts was accepted. When it was accepted, they paid him in copies of the magazine. In his senior year, he sold his first story for money for $12.50. In 1988 his first novel, Resurrection, Inc. was published.
Anderson worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for twelve years. There, he met Rebecca Moesta (his wife) and Doug Beason, with whom he frequently writes.
After the publishing of his first novels, Lucasfilm offered him a chance at writing Star Wars novels leading to the Jedi Academy trilogy (1994), and 14 books in the Young Jedi Knights series (1995-1998).