Author of ten books and over one hundred shorter pieces of fiction, Dave Smeds works across many genres and types of writing. His endeavors, called “stylistically innovative, symbolically daring examples of craftsmanship at the highest level” by the New York Times Book Review, have seen print in over a dozen languages and many countries.
A Nebula Award finalist, his contributions can be found in multiple issues of such magazines as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and Realms of Fantasy, and in anthologies such as Full Spectrum 4, Best New Horror 7, David Copperfield’s Tales of the Impossible, In the Field of Fire, Warriors of Blood and Dream, Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers, Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn, Deals with the Devil, Enchanted Forests, The Shimmering Door, Dragons of Light, Far Frontiers, Vol. XI, Future Earths: Under African Skies, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Worlds, Nanodreams, and the Sword and Sorceress series. Dave’s books include novels The Sorcery Within, The Schemes of Dragons, Piper in the Night, X-Men: Law of the Jungle, and the young-reader biography Martial Arts Masters: Chuck Norris. Recently he has been creating screenplays for Lee/Shultz Productions, with the first project due to be filmed by Warner Bros.
Dave lives in the Napa/Sonoma wine country of northern California with his wife, Connie, and children Lerina and Elliott. In addition to writing, he has worked as a typesetter, karate instructor, and commercial artist.