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Rose Estes is the author of many fantasy and science fiction books, including full length novels and multiple choice gamebooks.
As an employee of TSR, Rose Estes came up with an idea for a new sort of game, which would become the Endless Quest.:14 Estes wrote the first four books in the series, beginning with Dungeon of Dread (1982).:14 These first four Endless Quest books were on the Best Seller list for more than six months. TSR considered Endless Quest ultimately a fad, and worked to diversify its new mainstream publishing; Estes and James M. Ward thus formed an education department, which ultimately failed due to TSR's decision not to hire educational sales staff.:14 After contributing extensively to TSR, Inc.'s Dungeons & Dragons Endless Quest series (of which she wrote the first six, as well as others later down the line), she wrote her first full length novel, Children of the Dragon (1985). After Gary Gygax left TSR, Estes wrote new books in the "Greyhawk Adventures" series, starting with Master Wolf (1987) and ending with The Eyes Have it (1989).:24 She continued to write for TSR by writing six volumes in a series of Greyhawk novels. She contributed to other series, but continued to write books and start series of her own that, like Children of the Dragon, take place in a fantasy or science fiction world created by her own imagination. She also wrote the Golden Book Music Video Sing, Giggle and Grin.
Rose Estes began reading at the age of two, and as a child she was already imagining fantastic places. Before becoming a writer, she "put in time as a hippie, a student, a newspaper reporter, and an advertising copy writer." She has traveled extensively throughout the Americas. She has four children.
Books in the Endless Quest series:
Her novel The Eyes have It uses exactly the same cover artwork (a Keith Parkinson painting) as the first Endless Quest Crimson Crystal Adventures gamebook, Riddle of the Griffon by Susan Lawson. In most instances, The Eyes Have It is given no volume number. It is not directly identified as part of the Greyhawk Adventures series on most websites, as well as official Dungeons and Dragons publications.