D.B. Jackson

Who is D.B. Jackson? That's actually a better question than you know.

THIEFTAKER, by D. B. Jackson (Jacket art by Chris McGrath)THIEVES' QUARRY, by D.B. Jackson (Jacket art by Chris McGrath)A PLUNDER OF SOULS, by D.B. Jackson (Jacket art by Chris McGrath)"D.B. Jackson," is the pseudonym of an award-winning author of more than a dozen books, including epic fantasies, media work, and non-fiction. D.B. has also published several short stories. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. The novels of the Thieftaker Chronicles , and the related short stories set in that same universe, are his first forays into historical fantasy; hence the name change. (Publishers call it "author branding" and it's not nearly as painful as it sounds. Google the phrase for more.)

D.B. Jackson was born in New York many, many years ago, and has since lived in New England, California, Australia, and Appalachia. He did his undergraduate work at Brown University, worked for a time as a political consultant, went to Stanford University, where he earned a Master's and Ph.D. in U.S. History, and finally returned to his first love: writing fiction.

AFTERHOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR, edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia BrayHis interests include photography (nature work, mostly: macro, landscape, and everything in between), music (he plays guitar and listens to rock, folk-rock, jazz, bluegrass, blues, and classical; his favorites include Little Feat, the Counting Crows, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Alison Krauss, Steve Earle, Jerry Douglass, Bela Fleck, Tony Rice, Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, Roy Hargrove, Nicolas Payton, Johnny A., among others), birdwatching (a world life list of over 800), politics ('nough said), and sports (just about all of 'em).

"A Spell of Vengeance" by D.B. Jackson, illustration by Chris McGrath"The Price of Doing Business," by D.B. Jackson (Art by Chris McGrath)"The Tavern Fire" was released in March 2011 (in the new anthology After Hours: Tales of the Ur-Bar, edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray); "A Memory of Freedom" was published as the feature story in the March 2012 issue of Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show;"A Spell of Vengeance" was released as the feature story for the week of June 13, 2012 on Tor.com; Thieftaker, came out from Tor Books in July 2012, from Audible.com later that year, and is now available in paperback; Thieves' Quarry, the second volume in the Thieftaker Chronicles has was released in July 2013 and is now available in paperback. The Audible.com version of the book is also available now. A Plunder of Souls, volume III in the Thieftaker Chronicles, has just been released in hardcover, ebook and audio formats and is available from all booksellers. And Dead Man's Reach, the fourth Thieftaker book is nearly complete and should be in production by summer. It will be available in summer 2015. Also, "The Price of Doing Business," a new Thieftaker short story was published on Tor.com in February of 2014. Two more Thieftaker short stories will be appearing in anthologies later in 2014 -- more on those as information becomes available. Suffice it to say that D.B.'s work in historical fantasy is keeping him busy. "A Memory of Freedom," by D.B. Jackson (art by Wayne Miller)

But he is also working on a couple of contemporary urban fantasies, he is reworking a fantasy for middle readers (ages 9 to 13), he is thinking about a new epic fantasy series, and several short fiction projects in the works, including a new Thieftaker story that will be out in 2014. It remains to be seen which name will be appearing on the bylines of these other books and stories.

D.B. is married to a college professor who is far smarter than he is, and together they have two beautiful daughters, both of whom are also far smarter than their father. Life's tough that way. They live in a small college town on the Cumberland Plateau.


From the Author
D.B. Jackson"Okay, I have to admit that of all the pages on this web site, this one was the toughest and strangest to put together. I mean, how do you talk about yourself without actually talking about yourself? I guess I'm still getting used to the whole "pen name" thing. On the other hand, it's liberating to feel that I'm starting over, delving into a new phase of my career, and blending my intellectual interests in innovative ways."