Austin was born in Providence, Kentucky. As her father was career military, she and her two siblings grew up in Germany and Japan, as well as the United States. She studied art and biology at the University of Houston, Texas, and has since worked in both Canada and the United States.
She has illustrated books by Robert E. Howard, C. L. Moore, Andre Norton, Harold Lamb, Poul Anderson, Lewis Shiner, and Ursula K. Le Guin; and she has done illustrations for Amazing, Destines, and Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.
- 1978 — 4th World Fantasy Convention
- 1981 — LepreCon 7, AggieCon XII
- 1983 — Westerchron
- 1991 — Disclave 35
- 1993 — World fantasy Convention
- 1994 — Loscon 21
- 1999 — Empirecon
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