Diana L. Paxson

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Diana Lucile Paxson (born February 20, 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. She is a founder of the Society for Creative Anachronism, where she is known as Diana the Listmaker.[2]

Diana L. Paxson
Born (1943-02-20) February 20, 1943 (age 78)[1]
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.[1]
EducationBA Mills College[1]
MA University of California-Berkeley[1]


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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

A leader in the Neopagan and Heathen revivals, Paxson is the founder of The Fellowship of the Spiral Path[6] 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.

Personal lifeEdit

She composes and plays music for the harp. She currently lives at her home, Greyhaven, in Berkeley, California.



  1. Lady of Light (1982) ISBN 0-671-45597-4
  2. Lady of Darkness (1983) ISBN 0-671-45882-5
  3. Silverhair the Wanderer (1986) ISBN 0-8125-4860-4
  4. The Earthstone (1987) ISBN 0-8125-4862-0
  5. The Sea Star (1988) ISBN 0-8125-4864-7
  6. The Wind Crystal (1990) ISBN 0-8125-0040-7
  7. The Jewel of Fire (1992) ISBN 0-8125-1110-7
  8. The Golden Hills of Westria (2006) ISBN 0-7653-0889-4

Lady of Light and Lady of Darkness have been republished in the U.S. as a single volume under the name Mistress of the Jewels (1991), and in the UK as Lady of Light, Lady of Darkness (1990)

Wodan's ChildrenEdit

  1. The Wolf and the Raven (1993) ISBN 0-688-10821-0
  2. The Dragons of the Rhine (1995) ISBN 0-688-13986-8
  3. The Lord of Horses (1996) ISBN 0-688-14606-6

The Hallowed IsleEdit

  1. The Book of the Sword (1999) ISBN 0-380-78870-5
  2. The Book of the Spear (1999) ISBN 0-380-80546-4
  3. The Book of the Cauldron (1999) ISBN 0-380-80547-2
  4. The Book of the Stone (2000) ISBN 0-380-80548-0

These were also published in two volumes, as The Hallowed Isle: Books I & II (2000) and Books III & IV (2001)

Chronicles of Fionn mac CumhalEdit

In collaboration with Adrienne Martine-Barnes:

  1. Master of Earth and Water (1993) ISBN 0-688-12505-0
  2. The Shield Between the Worlds (1994) ISBN 0-688-13176-X
  3. Sword of Fire and Shadow (1995) ISBN 0-688-14156-0

Avalon seriesEdit

In collaboration with Marion Zimmer Bradley:

As sole author:

Other novelsEdit

Sword and Sorceress seriesEdit

Paxson has authored the following stories from the Sword and Sorceress series, an annual anthology of fantasy stories:

  • Sword of Yraine
  • Shadow Wood
  • Equona's Mare
  • The Sword Slave

Other short fictionEdit

Other booksEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Welcome to My World". Diana Lucile Paxson.
  2. ^ "Founders Page". Society for Creative Anachronism. Archived from the original on 2016-11-29. Retrieved 2016-11-29.
  3. ^ SageWoman
  4. ^ The History of the Kingdom of The West, Annotated History Project, Appendices, The Original Articles of Incorporation
  5. ^ BayCon 2007 Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine archived web site
  6. ^ The Fellowship of the Spiral Path
  7. ^ Marion Zimmer Bradley, ed. (August 1994). Sword and Sorceress XI. p. 32. ISBN 0-88677-614-7. ... If you haven't read Diana's other books, look them up in Books in Print: They're good. So good in fact, that when I decided to write the story mentioned at the end of Mists of Avalon—about Roman Britain and the Druid priestess Eilan—it was Diana I chose to collaborate with me on it. Because of marketing decisions, Viking decided my name alone would sell better—I'm not sure why—but here among friends, so to speak, I'm happy to acknowledge Diana's help and input. It should be out in April 1994; look for The Forest House. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)


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