Arwen Elys Dayton began her career as a teenage staff writer at a foundation that produced Peabody Award-winning educational shows for PBS.

Soon afterward, she began writing screenplays and novels, including Sovereign’s Hold and Resurrection, the #1 Amazon bestseller in Sci-Fi in both the US and the UK (and the #2 book on all of Amazon, behind The Hunger Games). Her Seeker series for Penguin Random House is published all over the world.

Arwen spends months doing research for her stories. Her explorations have taken her around the world to places like the Great Pyramid (which she explored by flashlight when researching Resurrection), Hong Kong and its many islands, and lots of ruined castles in Scotland. She enjoys creating complete worlds inhabited by characters who charm, frustrate or inspire.

Arwen lives with her husband and their three children in both sunny Southern California and the rainy Pacific Northwest. You can visit her at and follow @arwenelysdayton on Twitter and Instagram, or reach her by email at

Arwen is represented by Jodi Reamer at Writers House. For interview inquiries, please contact Kathleen Dunn,

Arwen’s desk

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  1. Teapot
  2. Brachiosaurus
  3. Headphones
  4. Virgil’s Zero Rootbeer (addicted)
  5. Timer to keep me from spending too much time on the Internet
  6. Therizinosaurus
  7. New book!
  8. Blank paper. I’m partial to yellow legal pads.
  9. Raptor
  10. Finger pushing thingy that is constantly asking for new batteries
  11. Old timey writing things
  12. Secret project
  13. Rooibos tea with milk
  14. Lily’s chocolate (addicted)
  15. T-rex
  16. Well annotated copy of Seeker used for writing books 2 and 3
  17. Short story
  18. Unicorn
  19. Stegosaurus
  20. Stapler
  21. Seeker lookbook
  22. Triceratops
  23. Scribbles