Joel Rosenberg (1954-2011) grew up reading Robert A. Heinlein, L. Sprague de Camp, Gordon R. Dickson and Rafael Sabatini, and found himself becoming a writer pretty much as a natural outcome of such early influences.
He was best known as the author of the Guardians of the Flame fantasy series, although his other science fiction and fantasy -- particularly the Mordred's Heirs series, published by Baen Books -- drew him new fans.
Outside of science fiction and fantasy, he was known as a terrific amateur cook, a particularly good firearms instructor and remarkably bad bridge player. He lived in Minneapolis MN, with his wife Felicia Herman and two daughters, five cats, and the most useless dog ever born.
Guardians of the Flame Series
THE SLEEPING DRAGON (#1)
THE SILVER CROWN (#3)
THE HEIR APPARENT (#4)
THE WARRIOR LIVES (#5)
ROAD TO EHVENOR (#6)
THE ROAD HOME (#7)
Keepers of the Hidden Ways Series
Thousand Worlds Series
Ernest "Sparky" Hemingway Mysteries