Name: RIGNEY, James Oliver, Jr. (1948- )
Variant Names: Robert Jordan, Chang Lung, Reagan O'Neal, Jackson O'Reilly
PERSONAL: Born October 17, 1948, in Charleston, SC; son of James Oliver and Eva May (Grooms) Rigney; married Harriet Stoney Popham McDougal, March 28, 1981; children: William Popham McDougal.
EDUCATION: The Citadel, B.S., 1974.
MEMBER: Science Fiction Writers of America.
Author (under pseudonym Reagan O'Neal) of books in the "Fallon" series, including The Fallon Blood, 1980; The Fallon Pride, 1981; The Fallon Legacy, 1982. Also author (under pseudonym Jackson O'Reilly) of Cheyenne Raiders (novel), 1982. Contributor, sometimes under pseudonym Chang Lung, to periodicals, including Library Journal.
SIDELIGHTS: James Oliver Rigney, Jr., writing under various pseudonyms, is a prolific author of genre fiction. As Robert Jordan, he has produced several fantasy volumes featuring the heroic Conan, a powerful barbarian who roams a magical land of strange creatures and supernatural villains. Among these works --which are based on a character created in the 1950s by Texan Robert Howard--are Conan the Invincible, Conan the Unconquered, and Conan the Triumphant. Rigney's other writings under the Jordan pseudonym include the "Wheel of Time" fantasy series about the struggle between good and evil in a long-ago land of brutality and sorcery. Among the works in this series are The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt, and The Dragon Reborn. Rigney has also produced many other writings, including--as Chang Lung--dance reviews.