Karen Traviss is a science fiction author and full-time novelist from Wiltshire, England. Traviss worked as both a journalist and defence correspondent before becoming a writer of fiction. She also served in both the Territorial Army and the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service. Traviss is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy workshop. Her science fiction novels have focused on a Star Wars series and also a Gears of War series of books. Her title Halo: Glasslands made Publishers Weekly Best Seller List for 2011.