(pronounced ron-lin doh-mang, equal emphasis on all syllables) is the author of The Mapmaker's War and The Chronicle of Secret Riven, Books 1 and 2 of the Keeper of Tales Trilogy. The third book, The Plague Diaries, is forthcoming in August 2017.
Her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Mercy of Thin Air, was published in ten languages, was a fiction finalist for the 2005 Borders Original Voices Award and 2006 SIBA Book Award, and was a long list nominee for the 2005 James Tiptree, Jr. Award.
Ronlyn's essays and short stories have appeared in The Beautiful Anthology (TNB Books), New England Review, Clackamas Literary Review, The Independent (UK), Border Crossing, and Shambhala Sun, as well as on mindful.org, The Nervous Breakdown, and Salon.com.
She holds a MFA degree in creative writing from Louisiana State University, taught composition and fiction writing at the college level, and served as a fiction editor and co-editor in chief of New Delta Review. During the past 15 years, she’s edited and mentored writers of fiction and nonfiction, from short stories to memoirs.
Born and raised in the Deep South, she lives there still.