"The great new fantasy writer we’ve all been waiting for."
Orson Scott Card

Patrick "Pat" James Rothfuss is an award-winning American writer of fantasy fiction, and a former college lecturer. He is best known as the author of the as yet unfinished trilogy, The Kingkiller Chronicle.


Rothfuss was born on June 6, 1973 in Madison, Wisconsin.

He received his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point in 1999, after spending nine years exploring various majors, such as Chemical Engineering and Clinical Psychology. He contributed to the campus paper titled "The Pointer" and produced a widely circulated parodic warning about the Goodtimes Virus.[1] He then attended Washington State University for graduate study (which "he'd rather not talk about"), after which he returned to teach at Stevens Point.[2]


In 2002, he won the Writers of the Future 2002 Second Quarter competition with "The Road to Levinshir", an excerpt from his then-unpublished novel The Wise Man's Fear. He subsequently sold the series now known as The Kingkiller Chronicle to publisher DAW Books.

Patrick is currently working on the third installment in the series, titled The Doors of Stone, for which a publication date has yet to be set. He has published two short stories and a novella set in the same world since the publication of the Wise Man's Fear: How Old Holly Came to Be, The Lightning Tree, and The Slow Regard of Silent Things.


He has published a not-for-children picture book series as well, titled "The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle", which includes two books: The Thing Beneath the Bed and The Dark of Deep Below.

In August 2012, Patrick partnered with Geek & Sundry to participate in a monthly YouTube event titled "The Storyboard". It ran for eight episodes and featured many different authors, primarily from the fantasy genre. It focused on various methodologies for writing.

Pat is an avid gamer and has worked with Albino Dragon to construct a playing card deck with artwork based on The Name of the Wind. He has also worked with Cheapass games to construct the pub game Pairs, which he plans to feature in his novels. Additionally, he has created a character and accompanying comic book for the upcoming Torment: Tides of Numenera video game.

Pat also runs a yearly fundraising event for Heifer International called Worldbuilders. His blog features updates on all the fun stuff the organization does to aid those in need.


  • Your College Survival Guide (January 2005, Cornerstone Press)
  • "The Road to Levinshir" in Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy (July 2008, Subterranean Press), also published in Epic: Legends of Fantasy Anthology (January 2012, Tachyon Publications), edited by John Joseph Adams
  • The Name of the Wind (April 2007, DAW)
  • The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle Part I: The Thing Beneath the Bed (July 2010, Subterranean Press)
  • The Wise Man's Fear (March 2011, DAW)
  • "How Old Holly Came to Be" in Unfettered (July 2013, Grim Oak Press), edited by Shawn Speakman
  • The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle Part II: The Dark of Deep Below (November 2013, Subterranean Press)
  • "The Lightning Tree" in Rogues (June 2014, Bantam), edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things (October 2014, DAW)
  • The Doors of Stone (In Progress, DAW)

Personal life

Rothfuss has two sons whose real names he does not use on the internet, allowing his boys the choice whether or not to reveal their real names as adults; on his blog, he instead calls them "Oot" and "Cutie Snoo".[3][4] He currently lives in Wisconsin in a house he bought with his girlfriend, Sarah, in 2007.[5]


  1. Rumor Mills: The Social Impact of Rumor and Legend (2005), "Legend/AntiLegend: Humor as an Integral Part of the Contemporary Legend Process"
  2. Patrick Rothfuss Website. The Author
  3. Patrick Rothfuss Blog. Adventures abroad: Prologue (June 12, 2009)
  4. Patrick Rothfuss Blog. Following up, Moving on, and the Cuteness of Cutie (February 11, 2014)
  5. Patrick Rothfuss Blog. Why I Love My Editor…. (July 9, 2012)

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