Rowena Cory Daniells is passionate about writing. Her speculative fiction stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies including ‘Dreaming DownUnder’ which won World Best Fantasy and ‘Dreaming Again’. In 2015 her story ‘The Giant’s Lady’ appeared in the David Gemmell ‘Legends 2’ anthology. This story went on to win an Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Story.
She has supported the writing community by serving on the management committees of two national genre awards, the Queensland Writers Centre, the Brisbane Writers Festival and Fantastic Queensland. While doing all this, along with her long suffering husband she raised six children. In her spare time she devoted five years to studying each of these martial arts Tae Kwon Do, Aikido and Iaido, the art of the Samurai Sword.
When she sat down to write The Chronicles of King Rolen’s Kin, she set out to write the kind of book that you look forward to after a tough week at work, the kind of book that carries you away. KRK is published by SOLARIS. She is delighted with Clint Langley’s artwork. There is also an ebook and a fifth book. For the full timeline of the King Rolen’s Kin series see this page. The KRK series was a finalist in the Inaugural Sara Douglas Fantasy Series award in 2016.
Her trilogy The Outcast Chronciles was released in 2012, with absolutely fabulous covers by Clint Langley again. It was shortlisted for the Hemming Award in 2013. This award is the exploration of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in Australian speculative fiction.
In 2015 Solaris republished her original trilogy in an omnibus edition, The Fall of Fair Isle.
In 2016 Rowena was stunned when she was awarded the Peter McNamara Achievement Award for services to the speculative fiction genre.
In 2016 Solaris Press launched their Solaris Classics line by re-releasing the King Rolen’s Kin series.
Her agent is John Jarrold.