Main genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Epic Fantasy
Main audience: young adult on
Main books: most noted for the The Wheel of Time series
Short summary of the author: Robert Jordan succeeded in writing a series of books (The Wheel of Time) which had people waiting impatiently for the next book to come out (sound familiar to HP fans?) and which continued for a total of 14 books. Mr. Jordan's ability to create a whole world, and fill it in with exactness and minutiae, is completely astounding. Starting with The Eye of the World, and culminating in A Memory of Light (co-written with Brandon Sanderson), he succeeded in creating a world filled with ... everything. Want excitement and adventure? There it is. Want drama and villains? That's there too. Want people who 'don't fit in'? Oh, yes, there you go.
Good points / bad points: I've only read the one series of books by him, so cannot comment on anything else he's written. That said, having read 14 books by him (albeit the last three are co-authored with Brandon Sanderson based on what Robert Jordan outlined as what would happen), I think he is one of the great 'epic' authors. He's not everyone's cup of tea -- and there were some complaints when the books were coming out that it was taking too long to get to the final battle -- but in the end, it's so worth it. Folks who complained about a couple of the books ("Nothing is happening!") have since written that, while those books were not their favourite, now they reread them gladly because in them are details upon which the rest of the books are based.
This is part of the Goodreads write-up on Robert Jordan
Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr., under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also wrote under the names names Reagan O'Neal and Jackson O'Reilly.
Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to 1970) with the United States Army as a helicopter gunner. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. After returning from Vietnam he attended The Citadel where he received an undergraduate degree in physics. After graduating he was employed by the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer. He began writing in 1977. He was a history buff and enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting.