Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss

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genre = Fantasy
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notableworks = "The Name of the Wind" (2007)
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Patrick Rothfuss (born 1973) is an American fantasy writer and college lecturer. He is the author of "The Name of the Wind".


Patrick Rothfuss was born in Madison, Wisconsin, June 6, 1973.Fact|date=September 2008 According to his website, he grew up as an avid reader in part due to inclement weather and a lack of cable television.cite web
title= Bio
accessdate= 2008-09-01
last= Rothfuss
first= Patrick
year= 2007
work= The Author
publisher= Patrick Rothfuss
] He enrolled at the Stevens Point branch of the University of Wisconsin in 1991. At university he originally planned to be a chemical engineer, changed his mind to pursue a career in clinical psychology, and finally declared his major as 'Undeclared' after three years—continuing to study any subject that caught his interest. During that time, while holding odd jobs, Rothfuss workied on an extremely long fantasy novel called "The Song of Flame and Thunder". Somewhere during this time he began to write the "College Survival Guide," a column in "The Pointer", the campus paper. He continues to write this column to this day.

He graduated in 1999 with a B.A. in English. After receiving his MA at Washington State University, he returned two years later to teach at Stevens Point. After completing "The Song of Flame and Thunder", Rothfuss submitted it to several publishing companies, but it was rejected. In 2002 he won the Writers of the Future competition with "The Road to Levinshir", an excerpt from his novel.cite web
title= 2002
accessdate= 2008-09-02
date= 2007
work= Writers of the Future Contest Winners
publisher= Author Services, Inc.
] After chatting to Kevin J. Anderson at a subsequent writer's workshop, Rothfuss secured a deal with his agent, Matt Bialer, who subsequently sold the novel to Betsy Wollheim at DAW Books. "The Song of Flame and Thunder" was split into a three-volume series entitled The Kingkiller Chronicle, the first installment of which, "The Name of the Wind", was published in March 2007. The novel subsequently won the 2007 Quill Award for best sci-fi/fantasy and was listed on the New York Times Best Seller list.cite web
title= UWSP lecturer’s fantasy novel climbs New York Times Bestseller list
accessdate= 2008-09-02
date= April 21, 2008
work= UW-Stevens Point news release
publisher= University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point


The Kingkiller Chronicle

#"The Name of the Wind" (March 2007)
#"The Wise Man's Fear" (scheduled for April 2009)cite web
title= When Will Book Two Be Out?
accessdate= 2008-09-02
last= Rothfuss
first= Patrick
date = April 18, 2007
work= Blog
publisher= Patrick Rothfuss
#"The Doors of Stone" (working title, scheduled for 2010)

This trilogy was originally one very long story with the working title "The Song of Flame and Thunder". It was split in three for publication due to its length. The series is essentially the autobiography of a famous musician, wizard, and adventurer named Kvothe. After gaining notoriety at a young age, he disappears from public life and is eventually tracked down to a backwater inn by Devan Lochees, who goes by the name 'Chronicler'. After some persuasion, Chronicler convinces Kvothe to tell him his life story. However, the story is occasionally punctuated by interludes, during which it becomes clear that someone is looking for Kvothe, and that Kvothe's friend Bast is unwilling to let Chronicler tell all of Kvothe's story. The story thus proceeds on two levels, as we learn how Kvothe came to be the man he is now, whilst other events take place in the present hinting at a greater story to follow.

Literary Recognition


#"Quill Award" (2007) - Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror []
#"Best Books of the Year" (2007) - Publishers Weekly - Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror []
#"Best Book of 2007" - []


External links

* [ Patrick Rothfuss' homepage]
* [ Writers of the Future winners' bio]
* [ Patrick Rothfuss: Novel synopses, cover art, and reviews at Fantasy]


* [ Interview with Patrick Rothfuss] conducted by, 26 March 2007.
* [ Interview with Patrick Rothfuss] conducted by Fantasy, March 2007.
* [ Interview with Patrick Rothfuss Part I] conducted by, 10 June 2007
* [ Interview with Patrick Rothfuss Part II] conducted by, 12 June 2007
* [ Interview with Patrick Rothfuss - Part One] conducted by A Dribble of Ink, 8 June 2007
* [ Interview with Patrick Rothfuss - Part Two] conducted by A Dribble of Ink, 10 June 2007
* [ Interview with Patrick Rothfuss] conducted by Illusion TV, January 2008.

NAME = Rothfuss, Patrick
SHORT DESCRIPTION = American fantasy writer
DATE OF BIRTH = June 6 1973
PLACE OF BIRTH = Madison, Wisconsin

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