Ever since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, I’ve been looking for magic.

And speaking of “grasshopper”, the old TV show “Kung Fu” seemed magical enough for me. I was certain that it was some sort of proof that magic existed in the world. Yeah, you might think that such are the thoughts of those too young to know any better but I am still of that opinion: there is magic all around us in the world but most people have simply “learned” that it no longer exists.

Now, the short psychological profile complete, I will talk about my writing. I have always had an affinity for the children’s stories I was raised on that involved magic – which I have passed along to my own children – and I have always thought of expanded versions which are the ones I usually treated the kids to when simply re-reading the old stories would no longer do. The first novella, Beamish Boys, expands the story of the Jabberwocky as mentioned first in Lewis Carroll’s Alice books. More are being prepared along the same vein.

Most fantasy novels I have read involved a lot of traveling. It was true in Tolkein’s work as much as the volumes by David Eddings. There’s nothing wrong with the traveling as it fits the period of the story and it does give the author ample time to develop the characters… but that vehicle seems to be so boring!

There is little of the traveling motif in my novel, The Stones will Tell, as it is more a tale of political intrigue – those small conflicts set against a background of the larger, more epic conflict in which the wizards are involved. Oh, yes, there are wizards, and magic, and the prophesied “hero” everyone is waiting for, but all that takes a back seat to the very deep political conflict tearing their world apart, hero or no.

So, that’s where things stand at the present. If I think of anything to add, I certainly will.

And if you have any questions about me or my work, ask away.


[Author of the novel the Stones will Tell (and its prequels Dance of Ages and Song for Heroes both due in 2013) available in digital and print formats, and author of the juvenile fantasy tale: Beamish Boys, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble among others.]

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