Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

An award ­winning professional writer for forty-­six years, Yarbro has sold more than ninety books in a variety of genres and more than ninety works of short fiction, essays, and reviews; she also composes serious music. Her first professional writing was as a playwright for a now long-defunct children's theater company. By the mid-60s she had switched to writing stories and hasn't stopped yet.

After leaving college in 1963 and until she became a full-time writer in 1970, she worked as a demographic cartographer, and still often drafts maps for her books, and occasionally for the books of other writers.


She has a large reference library with books on a wide range of subjects, everything from food and fashion to weapons and trade routes to religion and law. She is constantly adding to it as part of her on-going fascination with history and culture; she reads incessantly, searching for interesting people and places that might provide fodder for stories.

Her novel Hotel Transylvania was among six nominated for the Horror Writers Association one­time Stoker award for the Most Significant Vampire Novel of the (20th) Century. In 1997 the Transylvanian Society of Dracula bestowed a literary knighthood on Yarbro, and in 2003 the World Horror Association presented her with a Grand Master award. In 2006 the International Horror Guild enrolled her among their Living Legends, the first woman to be so honored; the Horror Writers Association gave her a Life Achievement Award in 2009. In 2014 she won a Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Convention.

She lives in the San Francisco East Bay Area - with two cats: the irrepressible Butterscotch and Crumpet, the Gang of Two. When not busy writing, she enjoys the symphony or opera.

Learn more about her at her website, chelseaquinnyarbro.net.