Author Elisabeth Waters has contributed multiple short stories to Valdemar anthologies, as well as co-writing a Tarma and Kethry story.

From Fantastic Fiction:

Elisabeth Waters sold her first short story in 1980 to Marion Zimmer Bradley for The Keeper's Price, the first of the Darkover anthologies. She then went on to sell short stories to a variety of anthologies. Her first novel, a fantasy called Changing Fate, was awarded the 1989 Gryphon Award. She is now working on a sequel to it, in addition to her short story writing and anthology editing.

She also worked as a supernumerary with the San Francisco Opera, where she appeared in La Gioconda, Manon Lescaut, Madama Butterfly, Khovanschina, Das Rheingold, Werther, and Idomeneo.
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Works by Elisabeth Waters have appeared in the following volumes:

Standalone stories Edit

Animal Mindspeakers MiniseriesEdit

Detailed descriptions of the stories in this miniseries, including spoilers, are provided at Animal Mindspeakers Miniseries.

This miniseries of stories begins with Maia, who has the Gift of Animal Mindspeech. She can communicate with all animals, not just Companions, and crows are her closest friends. She meets people who are comfortable with her gift, and in subsequent stories they adventure together or apart.

Other miscellaneous storiesEdit

"A Dragon in Distress" - this Tarma and Kethry story, co-written with Mercedes Lackey, has not been included in any Valdemar publications. It is not quite a Valdemar story, as Tarma and Kethry travel to an alternate story universe created by Elisabeth Waters. It was published in 1995 in Sword and Sorceress XII. A Dragon in Distress is now sold as an e-book, as well as being included in the 2012 e-book The Princess, the Dragon, and the Frog Prince.