Author Guest of Honor
International and NYT Best-selling fantasy author Tracy Hickman is best known for the ‘Dragonlance’ series of fantasy novels and has over fifty books in print. He is a pioneer of New Media Publishing and is the author of ‘Wayne of Gotham’, a Batman novel for DC Comics.
A record of both Tracy and Laura Hickman’s DNA currently orbits on the international space station and he is the writer and editor of the first science-fiction movie actually filmed in space.
Tracy Hickman was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 26th, 1955. He graduated Provo High School in 1974 where his major interests were in Drama, music and Air Force JROTC. In 1975, Tracy began two years of service as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons). His initial posting was for six months in Hawaii before his visa was approved and he moved on to his final calling in the nation of Indonesia. There, he served as a missionary in Surabaya, Djakarta and the mountain city of Bandung before being released honorably in 1977. As a result, Tracy can still speak conversational Indonesian and occasionally basis his magical phrases on that language.
Tracy married his High School sweetheart, Laura Curtis, within four months of his returning to the United States. They have been married ever since and are the parents of four children and five grandchildren.
Tracy has worked as a supermarket stockboy, a movie projectionist, a theater manager, a glass worker, a television assistant director, and a drill press operator in a genealogy center. It was in 1981 — between jobs and wanting to buy shoes for his children — that he approached TSR about buying two of his modules . . . and ended up with a job instead. The result was the publication of some of the best known adventure modules for the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game, including the original ‘Ravenloft’ created by both Tracy & Laura. That job lead to Tracy’s association with Margaret Weis and their first publication together: the Dragonlance Chronicles.
Since that time in 1985, Tracy has authored or coauthored over sixty book titles. Tracy’s first two solo novels, “Requiem of Stars” and “The Immortals” were published in the spring of 1996.
More recently, Tracy and his wife Laura have been able to fulfill a long-time dream; they once again are writing together. Their first joint novel, MYSTIC WARRIOR, was published in 2004 followed by MYTIC QUEST and MYSTIC EMPIRE. They also wrote the adventure ‘Out in the Black’ for the ‘Serenity’ role playing game.
Tracy’s ‘Annals of Drakis’ trilogy is his most recently completed series. He recently authored ‘Wayne of Gotham’ … a Batman novel for DC Comics.
His current projects include:
- Lead Story Designer for the ‘Shroud of the Avatar’ electronic game where he will also be writing a novel for that game coauthored by Richard Garriott. (http://shroudoftheavatar.com)
- ‘Dragon’s Bard’ (http://dragonsbard.com) where they are writing a fantasy series exclusively for subscribers.
- ‘Knights of the Red Band’, a fantasy trilogy for DAW books.
- ‘Nightbirds’, a Gothic Horror for Tor books.
- ‘Dragons of the Confederacy’ steampunk series coauthored with Dan Willis.
- ‘Sojourner Tales’, a storytelling board game designed by Tracy & Laura Hickman being launched soon as a Kickstarter project. (http://sojournertales.com)
Tracy remains highly active in his church and pursues a number of hobbies including guitar, singing, piano, models, DVD and Bluray movies (although he STILL maintains that HD-DVD was a better format), computer games, television production and animation. He loves to read biographies, histories and popular science books — especially now on his Kindle and iPad.
Tracy currently resides with his wife and writing partner Laura in South Jordan, Utah.