Genrescience fiction, fantasy, historical fiction Notable worksRunelords, Nightingale, Ravenspell NominationsPhilip K. Dick Award BooksThe Sum of All Men, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Wizardborn, The Lair of Bones, Worldbinder Similar PeopleKevin J Anderson, Judy Blundell, Brandon Sanderson, Barbara Hambly, Ryder Windham
EducationBrigham Young University
Nightingale chapter 14 author interviews the birth of nightingale
Dave Wolverton (born 1957) is a science fiction author who also goes under the pseudonym David Farland for his fantasy works. He currently lives in St. George, Utah with his wife and five children and is best known for his Runelords series.
David farland dave wolverton on his writing workshops
Dave Wolverton began writing during college and entered short stories into various contests. His career began in 1987 when he won the top award in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest.
Dave Wolverton became a judge for that contest in 1991. In addition, he edited the annual anthology before passing on the role to Algis Budrys.
He has won several awards for his work. His novel On My Way to Paradise won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award for Best Novel in the English Language. His historical novel In the Company of Angels won the Whitney Award for best novel of the year. In 2012, his young adult fantasy thriller Nightingale won the International Book Award for best Young Adult Novel of the Year, the Grand Prize at The Hollywood Book Festival, and the Southern California Book Festival for Best Young Adult Novel. It was also a finalist in the Global Ebook Awards.
He has been nominated for other awards, including the Nebula Award in the Best Novellette category for his short story After a Lean Winter and the Hugo Award.
In the summer of 1998 Dave Wolverton broke the world record for the most book signings in one sitting, which he achieved with A Very Strange Trip.
Wolverton has also worked as an English professor at Brigham Young University. Today, he holds writing workshops for aspiring and established writers. He has taught writers Brandon Sanderson, Brandon Mull, Jessica Day George, Eric Flint, James Dashner, as well as others.
He has worked in the gaming industry and in Hollywood. In 1998, Wolverton started working part-time at Saffire studios, helping create video games. He is responsible for the concept of "lurkers" in the well-known RTS (Real-time strategy) game Starcraft: Brood War. In 2002, Wolverton began working as a movie producer and also greenlighted movies. He is working on a film adaptation of his Runelords series.
Under his pseudonym David Farland, he writes fantasy, leaving his real name for his science fiction novels.