Suzy McKee Charnas was born and educated in New York City, attending Barnard College and, after a two-year stint in Nigeria with the Peace Corps, New York University for a Master of Arts in Teaching. She taught at the New Lincoln School in New York until Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital hired her away as a curriculum consultant for their high school drug-abuse treatment program. In 1970 she moved to the Southwest, where she began writing fiction full-time.

Her first novel, Walk to the End of the World (1974), was a John W Campbell Award finalist. Her science fiction and fantasy books and stories published since then have won her the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Mythopoeic Society's Award for Young-Adult fantasy, and (twice) the James Tiptree Jr Literary Award. Two new non-fiction books, Strange Seas and My Father's Ghost , are currently in preparation for publication, the former in purely electronic formats.

Her career branched out into theater when she grew tired of having strangers contact her with offers to write a play based on a part of her novel The Vampire Tapestry. Her husband suggested that since all these people saw such stage potential in the third chapter of the book, she should write the play herself; so she did. The result was VAMPIRE DREAMS. Through a serendipitous internet connection she also has revised the book and lyrics to the stage musical NOSFERATU by British composer Bernard J Taylor.

She is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Her U R L is

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