Elizabeth Wein’s most recent young adult novel, released last month, is The Lion Hunter. It is the first of a two-part sequence called The Mark of Solomon; the second book, The Empty Kingdom, will be out in spring 2008. The Mark of Solomon continues Elizabeth’s chronicle blending Arthurian legend with events in 6th-century Ethiopia. The first three books in this cycle are The Winter Prince, A Coalition of Lions, and The Sunbird.

Elizabeth also writes short stories, and has produced an eclectic tale of circus life, trains and Brer Rabbit for “Always the Same Story,” forthcoming in Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling’s anthology The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales. Elizabeth is also a contributor to Sharyn November’s Firebirds anthologies of original fiction for teens, with “Chasing the Wind” in Firebirds (1) and “Something Worth Doing” coming up in Firebirds Soaring (3).

Elizabeth has a BA in English from Yale and a PhD in Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband share a passion for maps, and they both fly small planes as private pilots. They live in Scotland with their two small children.

Elizabeth’s web site is www.elizabethwein.com. She keeps an erratic blog at eegatland.livejournal.com.