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Cover of The Last Tsar's Dragons by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple

The Last Tsar’s Dragons

So, I got an email asking for a short story for a new dragon anthology and thought: I am SO done with dragons. But no sooner had I said that aloud, then my traitor mind responded: “The tsar’s dragons were harrowing the suburbs again.” The next three or four sentences spun out quickly.

Cover of Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

Briar Rose

The idea for an adult novel on the subject of the Holocaust came to me when I was watching the documentary “Shoah” in which the concentration camp Chelmno was described. It was a camp in a castle. Castle, barbed wire, and the gassing of innocent folk. It suggested the fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty” in a horrible way.

Cover of White Jenna by Jane Yolen

White Jenna

The sequel to Sister Light, this actually contains the chapter based on a short story of the same name written for Jessica Amanda Salmonson’s anthology “Heroic Visions.” Published in 1989, White Jenna and its companion Sister Light comprise one single book. In the late 90s, the two

Cover of Sister Light, Sister Dark by Jane Yolen

Sister Light, Sister Dark

Based on a short story of the same name written for Jessica Amanda Salmonson’s anthology “Heroic Visions,” Sister Light and its companion White Jenna comprise one single book. Published in 1988, the two would be put together in the late ’90s as The Books of Great Alta. (My husband always

Cover of Cards of Grief by Jane Yolen

Cards of Grief

My first adult novel, this is the story of the Anthropologists Guild who travel across galaxies in ships and study other planets’ peoples. It was based on two of my short stories, “In the Hall of Grief” (“Elsewhere, Vol. 3, edited by Terri Windling and Mark Arnold, Ace Books) and “Cards of Grief” (from