Yasmine Galenorn

Yasmine GalenornEducation

B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1983

Email Addresses

For workshops, lectures and booksignings contact Lisa Regul at Ten Speed Press at lisa@tenspeed.com (1-510-559-1600) or Lisa Braun at lisab@llewellyn.com or Llewellyn Publications (1-800-THE-MOON) or view Yasmine's guidelines regarding book signings, etc.


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Biographical Note

I was born on January 17, 1961 and am a Capricorn with my Moon & Mercury in Aquarius, my Sun, Saturn & Jupiter in Capricorn, my Venus in Pisces and my Mars in Cancer, for those of you interested in astrology. I am three-quarters Irish and one-quarter Cherokee and more than a little bit on the fringe.

I graduated from The Evergreen State College with a B.A. in creative writing and theatrical management in 1983. 1 began college when I was 15, in 1976 (1 was skipped ahead from 9th grade into junior college) and received my Associates of Arts Degree in 1978. Then I hitch-hiked to California, and returned to Washington State, where I've been for most of the time since 1979.

I write novels, nonfiction and poetry, and am also a professional Tarot Reader. I love novels and find myself drawn to the works of Amy Tan, Toni Morrison, Michael Crichton, Philip K. Dick, Richard Adams, Ray Bradbury, J.R.R. Tolkien, Margaret Atwood, Pearl S. Buck. I have a very special place in my heart for Daphne Du Maurier and find the woman as rich and as fascinating as her novels. I occasionally sneak into a Victoria Holt or Laveryl Spencer novel for mind candy. My favorite book of all time is Watership Down,by Richard Adams - if I could write one book that has already been written, it would be this one. I still cry when I read the end of it, even now - years and many readings later.

I read all types of nonfiction - James Herriot being one of my favorite authors in this category. But I don't limit myself - I read everything from books on Hawai'i (the Big Island - a favorite place of mine) to books on gardening to sailing to scientific work to sociological studies... I also admit to reading true crime stories, if they're written by Ann Rule. I read a lot of trade books - books about my vocation (writing) and of course, I peruse the metaphysical bookshelves on a regular basis. About the only nonfiction I'm not interested in involves political work and math books (I leave those to my husband).

As far as poets- Frost and Blake and, of course, Yeats. Tennyson! William Wordsworth - how about Gerard Manley Hopkins? Oh, we can't forget Erica Jong (her poetry but not necessarily her novels) and May Sarton.

I'd rather watch Shakespeare being performed than read his work and I admit to missing the thrill of working in the theatre, but I simply have no time for it, so I make do with going to plays when I can. I blend tradition with an eclectic view looking towards the future. My mind is quick and active, and I aim towards achieving/maintaining a home that reflects a classic, romantic atmosphere along with clean, contemporary lines.

On a more personal note, 1 am shaped much like the Willendorf Goddess with long hair that varies from burgundy to copper to sienna brown depending on mood.

And yes, I'm a Witch and a Priestess of Mielikki and Tapio, Finnish Forest Deities. I also consider myself a devoted admirer of Pele, the Hawaiian Volcano Goddess. I've been in the Craft since 1980, and first entered the service of the Goddess through a mystical experience, described in my second book Embracing The Moon.I work primarily as a solitary, though I sometimes celebrate the Sabbats with others. Sam, my husband, is Pagan, but not a Witch.

My magical totems are the black panther, the green boa, and the peacock. I'm also an artist. I paint mystical paintings of Goddesses, Elementals, etc., and I do some landscape work (mainly of Hawai'i). I am attempting to put together an Oracle Deck.

Some of my favorite loves: Victoria Magazine; Opium, Casmir and Organza perfumes, powders, body creams, soaps (and anything else they make in those fragrances); tattoos (on myself as well as others), food - namely: chocolate, fried chicken, cranberries, chicken soup, TOMATOES in any shape or form, berry teas, peaches; shopping (as art form and therapy); and books and office supplies.

I also love media; (old sitcoms like "I Love Lucy"); Frasier, X-Files, Deep Space Nine, Hercules and Xena. As far as movies, among my favorites you will find: Rebecca, Babe, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Lost Weekend, Rear Window, Muriel's Wedding, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, The Mighty Quinn, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Secret Garden, Shirley Valentine, and all the 1950's and 60's B-Grade science fiction movies.

My favorite musical groups vary widely. I love classic rock like the Animals, the Doors, Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons, Cream, CCR ... my favorite group of all time is Jethro Tull. I also like technopop - Talking Heads, the Cars. I love classical music, soundtracks and have recently joined the 90's ... listening to more modem music like Radiohead, Live, NIN, Beck, Godsmack, Nirvana, Rammstein, Ween and several others I've recently discovered.

My days are devoted to writing and painting, and I tend to be rather solitary, though I do enjoy my time with friends.
I am married to Samwise, we were married on Beltane in 1993, and we have four wonderful felines (at this time-the number could grow, given the right circumstances and a bigger house).

Yasmine Galenorn (nee Corbally--class of 83), just saw her 21st book come out and, for the third time in a row, she hit the New York Times extended bestseller's list. She's currently working on book eight of her Otherworld Series--urban fantasy, book one of a new urban fantasy series--The Indigo Court Series, (both Berkley Publishing), and several short pieces for various anthologies. She's joined Twitter and maintains a website, a MySpace page, and a FaceBook page. Her husband Samwise is working contract for Nokia right now, in the IT division. They still live in Bellevue, and in the past six months, sadly lost three of their senior kitties (21, 18, and 15 years old) to various ailments. They've still got one 15-year old, and they've adopted two young kittens--both currently six months old--from shelters. 

Yasmine Galenorn book

Publication Types

Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry

Latest Publication Titles

Courting Darkness, Jove, 2011
Blood Wyne, Berkeley, 2011

Additional Publications

Sisters of the Moon:
Witchling ISBN 0-425-21254-8
Changeling ISBN 0-425-21629-2
Darkling ISBN 978-0-425-21893-8
Dragon Wytch ISBN 978-0-425-22239-3
Night Huntress ISBN 978-0-425-22546-2
Demon Mistress ISBN 978-0-425-22864-7
Bone Magic ISBN 978-0-425-23198-2
Harvest Hunting ISBN 978-0-515-14853-4

Chintz 'n China Mystery Series:
Ghost of A Chance ISBN 0-425-19128-1
Legend of the Jade Dragon ISBN 0-425-19621-6
Murder Under A Mystic Moon ISBN 0-425-20002-7
A Harvest of Bones ISBN 0-425-20726-9
One Hex of a Wedding ISBN 0-425-21117-7

Bath and Body Series (writing as India Ink):
Scent To Her Grave ISBN 0-425-20533-9
A Blush With Death ISBN 0-425-20966-0
Glossed and Found ISBN 0-425-21294-7

Anthologies including Otherworld Series short stories:
Never After ISBN 978-0-515-14728-5
Inked (January 5, 2010 US)

Nonfiction Pagan titles:
Crafting the Body Divine: Ritual, Movement and Body Art ISBN 1-58091-104-8
Embracing the Moon ISBN 1-56718-304-2
Sexual Ecstacy ISBN 1-58091-113-7
Magical Meditations ISBN 1-58091-155-2
Totem Magic ISBN 1-58091-155-2
Trancing The Witch's Wheel
Dancing With The Sun
Tarot Journeys

Indigo Court Series:
Night Myst
Night Veil (Jul 2011)