Patrick Rothfuss is the internationally bestselling American fantasy author of the Kingkiller Chronicles series of novels, which currently include day 1: The Name of the Wind and day 2: The Wise Mans Fear. Born in the Winsconsin town of Madison, he grew up as a keen reader (which he blames on lack of cable TV and poor weather). In 1991 Patrick enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and originally planned to be a chemical engineer.
While at the university he began writting a very long novel called "The Song of Flame and Thunder" and also wrote a column for the campus paper called the "College Survival Guide"
He changed his mind about the career he would like to do while at the university and chose to pursue a career in clinical psychology before eventually declaring his major "Undeclared".
Patrick Rothfuss graduated college in 1999 with a B.A. in English and then went on to recieve an MA at the Washington State University. Patrick submitted the completed novel "The Song of Flame and Thunder" to several publishing companies but was rejected.
2002 sees Patrick win the "Writers of the Future" competition with an excerpt of his novel, titled "The Road to Levinshir". He then chatted to Kevin J Anderson at a writers workshop and through this managed to secure a deal with his agent Matt Bialer. The full novel was sold to DAW Books and then split into a three volume series called "The Kingkiller Chronicle".
The first volume of "The Kingkiller Chronicle", The Name of the Wind was published to critical acclaim in April 2007 and has since won the 2007 Quill Award for best scifi/fantasy and has also been listed on the New York Times Best Seller list.
The second volume of the series, named The Wise Mans Fear was originally due to be released on the 16th April 2009 but has been posponed due to it not actually being finished, yet. It was finally released in March 2011.