Sherwood Smith

Sherwood Smith (born 1951) is an American fantasy and science fiction writer for young adults and adults. Smith is a Nebula Award finalist and a longtime writing group organizer and participant.

Sherwood Smith
Born (1951-05-29) 29 May 1951 (age 70)
United States
OccupationAuthor, retired teacher
GenreFantasy, science fiction, historical romance

Smith's works include the YA novel Crown Duel. Smith also collaborated with Dave Trowbridge in writing the Exordium series and with Andre Norton in writing two of the books in the Solar Queen universe.

In 2001, her short story "Mom and Dad at the Home Front" was a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story. Smith's children's books have made it on many library Best Books lists. Her Wren's War was an Anne Spencer Lindbergh Honor Book,[1] and it and The Spy Princess were Mythopoeic Fantasy Award finalists.[2]


Sherwood Smith was born May 28, 1951, in Glendale, California.[2][3] On her website, Smith describes herself as a middle-aged woman who has been married for over thirty years. Besides writing, she taught part-time at a K-8 school, though she is now retired.[4] She has "two kids, rescue dogs, and a house full of books."[5]

Smith began making books out of taped paper towels when she was five years old.[2] When she was 8, she started writing about another world, Sartorias-deles, though she soon switched to making comic books of her stories, which she found to be easier. Although she first tried to send out her novels when she was 13, nothing sold. However, some of the novels Smith first wrote as a teen, including Wren to the Rescue, were sold after she learned to rewrite.[5]

In the years it took her to learn to rewrite, Smith "went to college, lived in Europe, came back to get [her] masters in History, worked in Hollywood, got married, started a family and became a teacher."[5] She received her degrees from the University of Southern California (B.A.) in 1973 and the University of California, Santa Barbara (M.A.) in 1977.[3] In 2010 she became a member of Book View Cafe.

Smith currently resides in California.[2]

Partial bibliographyEdit

Smith has co-written The Change Series with Rachel Manija Brown.

Books written under other pseudonymsEdit

Smith has written some of the books in the Planet Builders series as Robyn Tallis. She has also written four books in the Nowhere High series as Jesse Maguire and one book in the Horror High series as Nicholas Adams.[6]


Wren BooksEdit


Sartorias-deles is the name of the fictitious world that is the setting for many of the books by Sherwood Smith. It is one of four inhabited planets in the Erhal system.[7] According to Smith, humans first arrived on Sartorias-deles through world gates untold millennia ago. Occasionally, still more humans arrive. However, in non-canon commentaries the author informs readers that most of the early human history on Sartorias-deles has been lost since the so-called Fall of Sartor approximately 4,000 years before the events of the books such as Senrid.[7] Smith does indeed appear to intend these humans be portrayed as having been Terrans prior to their immigration to the Erhal system. For example, in numerous references throughout the stories, they appear to have brought with them several domesticated animal species, including cattle, horses, and dogs, as well as many foods such as coffee, rice, the tomato,[8] and concepts such as the seven-day week.[9]



Andre Norton's Solar Queen UniverseEdit

Andre Norton's Time Traders UniverseEdit

Oz SeriesEdit

TV tie-in NovelsEdit

Short storiesEdit


  1. ^ "Previous Winners". The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation. Archived from the original on April 11, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "Sherwood Smith". Fantastic Fiction. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Sherwood Smith", Contemporary Authors Online, Detroit, MI: Gale, 2015, retrieved December 8, 2019
  4. ^ "Sherwood Smith", The Writers Directory, Detroit, MI: Gale, 2018, retrieved December 8, 2019
  5. ^ a b c "Frequently Asked Questions". Sherwood Smith's Website. Archived from the original on January 1, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "Featured Review: The Crown and Court Duet". SF Site. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Sartorias-deles: The Underlying Concept". Official Sherwood Smith Site. Archived from the original on January 3, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. ^ Wren to the Rescue, page 38, paragraph 7 (2004 Firebird edition)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 11, 2014. Retrieved September 10, 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "News". From the Desk of Sherwood Smith. Archived from the original on July 5, 2008. Retrieved September 10, 2014.

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