Mercedes "Misty" Lackey is a bestselling American author of fantasy novels. Many of her novels and trilogies are interlinked and set in the world of Velgarth, mostly in and around the country of Valdemar. Her Valdemar novels form a complex tapestry of interaction between human and non-human protagonists with many different cultures and social mores.
The other main world in which she writes is one much like our own, but includes clandestine populations of elves, mages, vampires, and other mythical beings.
She and her husband, Larry Dixon, have in the past worked in raptor rehabilitation and she often refers to her various parrots as her "feathered children".