David Eddings was an American poet who wrote several best-selling series of epic fantasy novels. David Eddings' wife, Leigh Eddings
, was an uncredited co-author on many of his early books, but he had later acknowledged that she contributed to them ll.
David Eddings' first books ( which were general fiction) sold moderately well. He later switched to writing epic fantasy, a field in which he achieved great success. In recent interview with sffworld.com, he said: " I do n't take orders from readers. "
On January 26, 2007 it was reported that Eddings accidentally burned about a quarter of his office, next door to his house, along with his Excalibur sports car, and the original manuscripts for most of his ovels. He was flushing the fuel tank of the car with water when he lit a piece of paper and threw into the puddle to test if it was still flammable.
On February 28, 2007, David Eddings' wife, Leigh Eddings ( born Judith Leigh Schall), died following a series of strokes. She was 69.
David Eddings died on June 2, 2009 at the age of 77.