Elaine Cunningham (born August 12, 1957)
Cunningham is a fantasy and science fiction author who is best known for her stories set in the Forgotten Realms and Star Wars universes. Only one of her stories is freely available, at least that I could find.
She has a great quote about author photos, that as a reader, I completely agree with. "I find this sort of thing unnecessary and
irrelevant. It's like that scene from 'Wizard of Oz,' when the wizard
admonishes Dorothy and company, 'Pay no attention to that man behind the
curtain!' It's the illusion—in this case, the story—that matters. What
difference does it make if an author is male or female, young or old, or
for that matter, a Caucasian human or a sentient dolphin?"
At Paizo: "The Illusionist" Fantasy. Pathfinder.
"My first impression of the Acadamae was,
admittedly, not very favorable. The compound itself is impressively
large, a walled city within the city, but the buildings are scattered
about in random fashion rather than arranged in a sun-circle to focus
power. It is strange to walk streets more twisting and contrary than
goat paths, to see water contained in wells rather than free-flowing
through the dreamwalk patterns of ancient cisterns. There is no symmetry
in the Acadamae, and little beauty. It seemed incredible that magic
could be called to such a place."