David Farland is an award-winning, international bestselling author with over 50 novels in print. He has won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award for “Best Novel in the English Language” for his science fiction novel On My Way to Paradise, the Whitney Award for “Best Novel of the Year” for his historical novel In the Company of Angels, and he has won over seven awards—including the International Book Award and the Hollywood Book Festival, Grand Prize—for his fantasy thriller Nightingale. He is best known, however, for his New York Times bestselling fantasy series The Runelords which may eventually be made into a movie.
Farland has written for major franchises such as Star Wars and The Mummy. He has worked in Hollywood greenlighting movies and doctoring scripts. He has been a movie producer, and he has even lived in China working as a screenwriter for a major fantasy film franchise.
As a writing instructor, Farland has mentored dozens who have gone on to staggering literary success, including such #1 New York Times Bestsellers as Brandon Mull (Fablehaven), Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time), James Dashner (The Maze Runner) and Stephenie Meyer (Twilight). Farland teaches various writing workshops both online and in person and offers free writing tips on his website, MyStoryDoctor.com
Due to his success, David Farland once had Scholastic approach him looking for advice on which novel their company should push big. After going through a box full of unknown novels, Farland selected one he thought would sell very well. His choice, though, turned out to be the one Scholastic’s marketing team hated—the book was too long and too difficult of a read for its intended audience. Farland convinced them to advertise it anyway. The novel was called Harry Potter. His talent for picking out up-and-coming blockbuster novels and writers led KUTV to call him the “Author Whisperer.”
Farland judges L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future, one of the largest worldwide writing competitions for new fantasy and science fiction authors. In the video game industry, he has been both a designer and a scripter and was the co-leader on the design team for StarCraft: Brood War. He set the Guinness World Record for the largest single-author, single-book signing.
David Farland has been hailed as “The wizard of storytelling” and his work has been called “compelling,” “engrossing,” “powerful,” “profound,” and “ultimately life-changing.” Orson Scott Card, the author of the bestselling novel Ender’s Game, said “David Farland has long been one of the best writers of fantasy in the world.” And Algis Budrys of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction stated, “No one who has read David Farland doubts that he is a major talent.” ‘
David Farland lives in southern Utah, where he is working hard on the last book in his Runelords series, preparing to plot the next book in his Nightingale series, editing writers’ manuscripts, teaching writing courses, and enjoying the company of his family.