Janci Patterson

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Janci Patterson, sometimes referred to as Janci Olds, is a novelist and collaborator with Brandon Sanderson. A friend and former student of Brandon's, she is the coauthor of the young adult novel Bastille Versus the Evil Librarians, as well as the Skyward novellas Sunreach, ReDawn, and Evershore. She is also writing the Skyward Legacy books.


Janci's first published novel was Chasing the Skip (later renamed Skipped) in 2012. She has written contemporary and science fiction books in the young adult category, and coauthored adult romance novels and adult fantasy novels.


For years, Brandon has mentioned Janci as an influence on his female characters, notably Vin.[1] She helped Brandon fix a scene in The Hero of Ages, which led to him renaming a character Lady Patresen as a cameo.[2]

She provided Brandon with feedback on the Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians novels throughout the series.[2] The final novel in the series, Bastille Versus the Evil Librarians, is written from Bastille's point of view, and Brandon had difficulty settling in on her voice. He thought of Janci as a good fit to help him coauthor the book, since he was seeking a different voice but a similar tone and spirit to the rest of the series.[3] The duo worked on the novel from 2018 to 2020, with each author writing about half of the book.[4] The book was completed and sold to Tor Books in 2020,[5] and was published in 2022.

Janci also co-wrote the Skyward novellas Sunreach, ReDawn, and Evershore, which accompanied the release of Cytonic.[6] Janci selected FM, Alanik, and Jorgen respectively as the primary characters of the novellas.[7][8] She and Brandon brainstormed the novellas together, then Janci did most of the outlining while still tossing different ideas around with Brandon. Then Janci wrote almost all of the first draft, with Brandon doing a redline edit.[9]

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