Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina, where he now lives with his wife Harriet, in a house built in 1797. He taught himself to read when he was four with the incidental aid of a twelve-years-older brother, and was tackling Mark Twain and Jules Verne by five. He is a graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army; among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. A history buff, he has also written dance and theater criticism. He enjoys the outdoor sports of hunting, fishing, and sailing, and the indoor sports of poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting. He has been writing since 1977.

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Robert Jordan is available for interviews and can discuss:

  • Why he believes that fantasy has become so popular, especially in the wake of 9/11
  • How he feels about being compared to J.R.R. Tolkien and why he believes that audiences are embracing fantasy more now: 
  • Time Magazine has attributed the incredible popularity of the Tolkien movies to "a new American obsession with fantasy, a national journey to a mythical past where evil is punished and virtue rewarded."

  • Why he has so many fervent fans - thousands have created The Wheel of Time™ websites, many have named children after characters in his books and still more have tattoos depicting characters and events from The Wheel of Time.
  • Click here to read about couples who have met through their common love of The Wheel of Time!

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