Diana Paxson's Biography
Diana L. Paxson (born 1943) is an author, primarily in the fields of Paganism and Heathenism. Her published works include fantasy and historical fiction novels, as well as numerous short stories. More recently she has also published books about Pagan and Heathen religions and practices.
Diana L. Paxson Career:
In addition to her multiple novels and collaborations, she has written over 70 short stories. Her best-known works are the Westria novels, and the later books in the Avalon series, which she first co-wrote with Marion Zimmer Bradley, then - after Bradley's death, took over sole authorship. Paxson's other books include Taking Up the Runes, Essential Asatru, and Trance-Portation. She writes a regular column for the women's spirituality magazine, called Sagewoman.
Paxson has been active in the leadership of a number of organizations. She hosted the first activities of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and was subsequently among that group's founding Directors and Corporate Officers when it incorporated. She was the western regional director of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and is a frequent panelist at science fiction conventions, especially Baycon, where she was the 2007 Fantasy Guest of Honor.
A leader in the Neopagan and Heathen revivals, Paxson is the founder of The Fellowship of the Spiral Path and has served as First Officer of the Covenant of the Goddess. She has been Steerswoman of the Heathen group, The Troth, a member of its Board of Directors, and currently edits its journal, Idunna. She is a pioneer in the revival of Oracular Seidh, which she has taught and performed at many Neopagan and heathen festivals and retreats.
Diana L. Paxson Bibliography (not full):
- "Westria" series
- "Wodan's Children" series
- "The Hallowed Isle" series
- "Chronicles of Fionn mac Cumhal" series
- "Avalon" series
- "Sword and Sorceress" series
- Other novels
-- Brisingamen (1984) ISBN 0-425-07298-3
-- White Mare, Red Stallion (1986) ISBN 0-425-08531-7
-- The Paradise Tree (1987) ISBN 0-441-65134-8
-- The White Raven (1988) ISBN 0-688-07496-0
-- The Serpent's Tooth (1991) ISBN 0-688-08339-0
- Other short fiction
-- "The Song of N'Sardi-El" in Millennial Women (1978)
-- "An Appropriate Hell" in War in Hell (1988) - part of the Heroes in Hell series
- Other books
-- Celestial Wisdom for Every Year of Your Life: Discover the Hidden Meaning of Your Age (with Z. Budapest) Weiser Books (2003) ISBN 1-57863-282-X, ISBN 978-1-57863-282-4
-- Taking Up the Runes: A Complete Guide to Using Runes in Spells, Rituals, Divination, and Magic Weiser Books (April 20, 2005) ISBN 1-57863-325-7, ISBN 978-1-57863-325-8
-- Essential Asatru: Walking the Path of Norse Paganism Citadel (December 1, 2006) ISBN 0-8065-2708-0, ISBN 978-0-8065-2708-6
-- Trance-Portation: Learning to Navigate the Inner World Red Wheel/Weiser Books (November 1, 2008) ISBN 1-57863-405-9, ISBN 978-1-57863-405-7