Robin McKinley is an American fantasy writer best known for her retellings of classic fairy tales. Her novels are of the "Girls Who Do Things" variety--no damsels in distress, McKinley's heroines are smart, intrepid, and courageous.
Born on November 16, 1952 in Warren, Ohio, McKinley traveled extensively as a child while her father served in the United States Navy. Growing up around the world, McKinley was an avid reader and was inspired by writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and T.H. White.
Earning a B.A. in English from Bowdoin College in 1975, McKinley's first novel, Beauty, began as a writing exercise but soon became something more. Published in 1978, Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast earned high praise and remains one of McKinley's most popular works.
Robin McKinley lives in Hampshire, England with her husband, fellow writer Peter Dickinson, two hellhounds (Chaos and Darkness), countless rosebushes, and Rhodanthe, a 1987 Steinway upright. Between writing, McKinley spends time gardening, riding, change ringing, and practicing the piano.
Robin McKinley's recent publications include Fire: Tales of Elemental Spirits (2009), written in collaboration with Peter Dickinson, Chalice (2008), and Dragonhaven (2008).