Golden has written nearly fifty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Among her many projects are over a dozen Star Trek novels, over a dozen for gaming giant Blizzard's World of Warcraft and StarCraft novels, and three books for the now finished Fate of the Jedi series of Star Wars novels. Her co-authors on that series were Troy Denning and Aaron Allston.
She launched TSR's Ravenloft line of novels in 1991 with her first novel - Vampire of the Mists. and is the creator of the elven vampire archetype in fantasy fiction. She followed up with Dance of the Dead and The Enemy Within. Golden has also written short stories set in the Forgotten Realms, appearing in anthologies series in which she further explores the character of the elven vampire Jander Sunstar, whom she established in Vampire of the Mists. Golden has written at a dozen Star Trek: Voyager novels including the popular Dark Matters trilogy, the Homecoming duology, and the Spirit Walk duology.
Golden is also the author of two original fantasy novels from Ace Books, King's Man & Thief and Instrument of Fate, which made the 1996 Nebula Preliminary Ballot.
Among her work in the gaming fantasy novels, she wrote Warcraft: Lord of the Clans (2001), and World of Warcraft: Rise of the Horde (December 2006). She also authored a trilogy titled StarCraft: the Dark Templar Saga for Blizzard Entertainment and Simon and Schuster Pocketbooks. She also wrote World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King which was released April 21, 2009. It was Golden's first New York Times bestseller. Subsequent Warcraft novels are "The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm," "Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects," "Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War," and "War Crimes."
Under the name Jadrien Bell she wrote a fantasy thriller entitled A.D. 999, which won her the Colorado Author's League Award for Best Genre Novel in 1999.
She is currently hoping to reissue her original fantasy series, the Dancers Pentad. The first book in the series On Fire's Wings follows the discovery of the first of five dancers, Kevla the flame dancer. The second book In Stone's Clasp records both the flame dancer, Kevla and the stone dancer, the element of earth, Jareth. The book won her a second Colorado Author's League Award for Best Genre Novel in 2005. This series was released through Luna Books.
Golden has also written for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel anthologies. She has written novels based on Steven Spielberg's Invasion America animated television show, and film producer and screenwriter Harve Bennett was so impressed with her Invasion America work that he invited her to Hollywood to write for the show - however, the show was not renewed for a second season.
Golden has authored four Assassin's Creed works. Her first, "Blackbeard: The Lost Journal", is a companion piece for the video game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Another Assassin's Creed book, the in-universe "Abstergo Employee Handbook" hit shelves in December 2014. "The Accidental Knight," a novel set in the world of Cryptozoic's online card game, HEX, will be published later in 2014 as an online book, with a hard copy version to follow. Her Star Wars: The Clone Wars novel titled Star Wars: Dark Disciple was published in July 2015. And in 2017 she published the official movie novelization of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets through Titan Books - ISBN 978-1-7856-5384-1.
Golden was born on November 21, 1963 in Tennessee, USA. She currently resides in Michigan.