Elaine Isaak is the author of The Singer's Crown (Eos, 2005), and its sequels, as well as the "Tales of Bladesend" epic novella series. As E. C. Ambrose she writes "The Dark Apostle" series of dark historical fantasy novels about medieval surgery. The Dark Apostle started with Elisha Barber (DAW, 2013), described in a starred Library Journal review as, "beautifully told, painfully elegant." The second volume, Elisha Magus, came out in July. Her short fiction has won the Tenebris Press Flash Fiction contest and appeared in the New Hampshire Pulp Fiction series, Fireside magazine and Uncle John's Bathroom Reader.
In addition to her novels, she has written how-to articles for the Writer Magazine, non-fiction at Clarkesworld, and authored the Lady Blade fantasy writing column at AlienSkin magazine for three years. Her speaking engagements have included local chapters of Romance Writers of America as well as other writing groups, the World Science Fiction and World Fantasy Conventions. Visit www.TheDarkApostle.com or www.ElaineIsaak.com to find out why you do not want to be her hero.
A former professional costumer specializing in animal mascots, Elaine lives in New Hampshire with her family where she works part-time as an adventure guide. In addition to writing and teaching, Elaine enjoys taiko drumming, kayaking, rock climbing, and all manner of fiber arts.