Nicole Galland

Nicole Galland is an American novelist, first known for her historical fiction. She has gone on to write a near-future thriller, The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. with Neal Stephenson and a contemporary/comic novel, Stepdog. She was an author of The Mongoliad, an historical epic fantasy. As E.D. deBirmingham, she wrote Siege Perilous, The Mongoliad Cycle, Book Five.


Galland was born in New York, but grew up in West Tisbury, Massachusetts, a farming community on the island of Martha's Vineyard, where her maternal family has roots going back to the 18th century.[1] Her mother works as a nurse and her stepfather, a Vietnam vet, was a Physician's Assistant at Martha's Vineyard only hospital. On her father's side she is first-generation American, her heritage being a combination of German Jew and Iraqi-Kurdish Jew.[2]

She graduated from Martha's Vineyard Regional High School as valedictorian of her class, before going on to study theatre and earn an honors degree in Comparative Religion at Harvard University, with a focus in Buddhism. She received a full fellowship to pursue a Ph.D. in Drama at the University of California at Berkeley.[1] However, she withdrew from the program while battling severe depression and post-traumatic stress following a violent and bizarre assault at gunpoint, an encounter she would eventually use as fodder in her writing.[3]

Galland spent her 20s and 30s working in theatre, teaching, editing and juggling various odd jobs. This included co-founding a teen theater company in California that debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.[1] Galland once described her eclectic life as existing at the whim of serendipity.[1]

Her screenplay, The Winter Population, won an award in 1998 but has yet to be produced.[4] When her first novel, The Fool’s Tale, was published by William Morrow in 2005, she left her position as Literary Manager/Dramaturge at Berkeley Repertory Theatre to write full-time. While at Berkeley Rep she had written Revenge of the Rose, her second novel. Her third novel, Crossed: A Tale of the Fourth Crusade, was written over a 2-year period during which she essentially lived out of a backpack.[3]

Having resided in the California Bay Area, Los Angeles and New York City for years, Galland returned to Martha's Vineyard to live full-time.

In addition to her novels, Galland has written for and several Vineyard-based publications, including the Vineyard Gazette, Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, and Edible Vineyard, of which she is a contributing editor.[5]


  • The Fool’s Tale (2005, William Morrow; translated into Spanish)
  • Revenge of the Rose (2006, William Morrow; translated into four languages)
  • Crossed: A Tale of the Fourth Crusade (2008, Harper Perennial)
  • Moby Rich (2007–2008, serialized novel in the Vineyard Gazette)
  • The Mongoliad (launched 2010)
  • I, Iago (April 2012, William Morrow)
  • Godiva (July 2013, William Morrow)
  • Stepdog (August 2015, Harper Collins)
  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. with Neal Stephenson (June 2017, William Morrow)
  • Master of the Revels: A Return to Neal Stephenson's D.O.D.O. (February 2021, William Morrow) [6]

Other informationEdit

She appears in the CD-ROM Star Wars: Rebel Assault II as Ina Rece.[7] Galland has studied aikido. She has been involved in Vineyard theatre, working at the Vineyard Playhouse and with ArtFarm Enterprises. She is also the co-founder, with Chelsea McCarthy, of Shakespeare for the Masses, an off-season series presenting irreverent adaptations Shakespeare's plays on Martha's Vineyard.


  1. ^ a b c d "Shakespeare for the Masses - "Wouldn't it be cool," and it is. : Theater : The Martha's Vineyard Times". 2010-02-18. Archived from the original on 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
  2. ^ [1] Archived October 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b A. Kisselgof (2005-08-05). "Telling Tales: Nicole Galland Finishes Novels at Record Rate - 8/5/05 - Vineyard Gazette Online". US-MA: Retrieved 2012-09-07.
  4. ^ "Nicole D Galland (author) on AuthorsDen". 2008-02-05. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
  5. ^ Miller, Tina. "Edible Vineyard". Edible Vineyard. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
  6. ^ "Master of the Revels: A Return to Neal Stephenson's D.O.D.O." HarperCollins. Retrieved 2020-07-25.
  7. ^ "Nicole Galland". Retrieved 2012-09-08.

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