Patrick Rothfuss was born in Madison, Wisconsin to awesome parents who encouraged him to read and create through reading to him, gentle boosts of self-esteem, and deprivation of cable television. During his formative years, he read extensively and wrote terrible short stories and poetry to teach himself what not to do.
Patrick matriculated at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, initially studying chemical engineering which led to a revelation that chemical engineering is boring. He then spent the next nine years jumping from major to major, taking semesters off, enjoying semesters at part-time, and generally rocking the college student experience before being kindly asked to graduate already. Surprisingly enough, he had enough credits to graduate with an English major, and he did so grudgingly.
Patrick then went to grad school. He'd rather not talk about it.
All this time Patrick was working on "The Book," as he and his friends lovingly titled it. When he returned to Stevens Point he began teaching half-time while trying to sell The Book to publishers. In the process, he disguised a chapter of The Book as a short story and won the Writers of the Future competition in 2002. This put him into contact with all the right people, and after deciding to split The Book into three installments, DAW agreed to publish it. In March 2007, The Name of the Wind was published to great acclaim, winning the Quill Award and making the New York Times Bestseller list.
All this success was wonderful. Patrick eventually had to stop teaching in order to focus on writing, though he screwed that up by having an adorable baby with his adorable girlfriend. He started a charity fundraiser called Worldbuilders and published a not-for-children children's book called The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle in July of 2010 through Subterranean Press, which was adorable, and seriously isn't for children.
After a great deal of work and a few cleared throats and raised eyebrows from his patient editor, Wise Man's Fear came out in March 2011 to even more acclaim, making #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. Life continues to rock for him, and he's working hard on writing the final installment of the series.
Convention Guest Appearances
- WonderCon 2018 - March 23-25, 2018 in Anaheim, CA
- Emerald City Comicon 2018 - March 1-4, 2018 in Seattle, WA
- JoCo Cruise 2018 - February 18-25, 2018 in Departing from San Diego, CA 2017
- New York Comic Con 2017 - October 5-8, 2017 in New York, NY
Salt Lake Comic Con 2017 - September 21-23, 2017 in Salt Lake City, UTCancelled Appearance
- JoCo Cruise 2017 - March 4-11, 2017 in Departing from San Diego, CA 2016
- Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016 - July 21-24, 2016 in San Diego, CA
- Phoenix Comicon 2016 - June 2-5, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ
- JoCo Cruise 2016 - February 21-28, 2016 in Port Canaveral, FL 2015
- Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2015 - April 24-26, 2015 in Chicago, IL
- Emerald City Comicon 2015 - March 27-29, 2015 in Seattle, WA
- JoCo Cruise Crazy 2015 - January 31 - February 8, 2015 in Departs from Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2014
- New York Comic Con 2014 - October 9-12, 2014 in New York, NY
- Phoenix Comicon 2014 - June 5-8, 2014 in Phoenix, AZ
- Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2014 - April 25-27, 2014 in Chicago, IL
- Emerald City Comicon 2014 - March 28-30, 2014 in Seattle, WA
- Vericon 2014 - March 21-23, 2014 in Cambridge, MA 2011
- Daisho Con 2011 - November 18-20, 2011 in Wisconsin Dells, WI 2010
- Daisho Con 2010 - November 19-21, 2010 in Stevens Point, WI 2009
- Daisho Con 2009 - November 20-22, 2009 in Stevens Point, WI
- Florida Supercon 2009 - June 5-7, 2009 in Miami, FL 2008
- Daisho Con 2008 - November 21-23, 2008 in Stevens Point, WI
21 confirmed guest appearances