Oh, yeah: before I forget, there's one more reason that I'm lucky, and that is because YOU have taken the time to give The Chronicles of Whimsy a chance. Take it from someone who knows first hand: writing a story (even one as long as this one) is the easy part. Getting the book out on the market for readers to enjoy is the most frustrating and difficult part of the process, but the fact that you're here makes all of that work worthwhile. It is my sincerest hope that you will enjoy Birthright and that it will leave you looking forward to the release of Broken.
For now, though, you can keep following the adventure by exploring ChroniclesofWhimsy.com, and be sure to check back often for extras that you won't be able to find anywhere else!
Thank you, and never stop believing!
I am also very lucky because I have had the unflagging support of my friends and family while I have pursued this dream. The cliché in every sitcom is that a guy's “In-Laws” are the bane of his existence, but it just so happens that I love mine. My father-in-law, Joel Himmelfarb, lent me his eyes as an editor, but both he and LuAnn have been supportive of this endeavor since the first time that I mentioned it to them. I can't recall a single instance where they have uttered a discouraging word or done anything but build me up. I am very fortunate to have them in my life. I must also tip my hat to Josh Goehring, my “brother-in-law(ish),” who has so generously contributed artwork to make this project look and feel as professional as we could make it. As for my side of the family, what can I say? While I have been chugging along like The Little Engine That Could moaning, “I think I can, I think I can,” they have been standing on the sidelines cheering, “I know you can, I know you can!” To my mom, Marleah, and my sisters, Nicolle and Trish, I just want to say thanks. It's like I said before...I'm a very lucky guy!
But you still don't know anything about ME, so here goes: I have lived in South Florida for most of my life, and have been married for the lion's share of it to my best friend. I couldn't imagine my life without her. When not reading, writing or caring for our menagerie of pets, we spend our time watching movies and TV shows, playing video games and spending time online. I grew up with Star Wars, Star Trek, and Marvel Comics, but, now that I'm in my forties...well, I STILL LOVE THAT STUFF! I don't think that growing up means that you have to give up all of the things that you enjoyed as a kid. Your priorities and tastes may change, but that doesn't mean that you can't make time to have a little fun now and then, too.
I am also what I refer to as a “History M&M.” (I used to call myself a “History Nut,” but then I actually met one and decided that I prefer the sweet, satisfying crunch that comes with understanding the actual lessons from history rather than just memorizing the names and dates associated with it!) I closely follow politics and the news, and I am very distressed by the things going on in our world today. I strongly believe that the solution to our problems won't be found in Washington or in expanding the power of our Government, but in individuals (like you and me) actually taking the Personal Responsibility to take care of themselves and their neighbors. I realize that this last statement may be considered by some as being “Controversial,” but it's the truth, and I refuse to pretend to be something that I'm not just to sell a book!
The other thing that you should know is that I'm still writing. The next book in the Chronicles of Whimsy Trilogy, Broken, has already been written and is currently being edited, so you shouldn't have to wait too long for the chance to read it. I'm still writing the third installment, Reborn, but (fingers crossed) it should at least be in the process of being edited by the time Broken is released. After that, well...who knows? The Chronicles of Whimsy is a Trilogy, but there's still a lot of Everwynn left to explore, so you never know!
It just so happens that I am a very fortunate person. For the better part of two years, I have spent the majority of my free time in a magical world of my own creation watching the events of Whimsy's adventure unfold before my very eyes, and having the opportunity to share these adventures with readers is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. (Well, maybe lifelong is a slight exaggeration, but definitely since High School! That counts, right?)
It's not an exaggeration, however, to say that this book would not have existed without my beautiful wife, Kami. She is a huge fan of fantasy-fiction stories, and the whole reason that I started writing it was in the hopes that she might read and enjoy it. (Good news: she did!) Kami has been my inspiration, my motivation, the boot to my butt and, at times, the light at the end of the tunnel that has kept me working when I wanted to quit. She has put up with my distractions and frustrations, patiently listening to my whining about writer's block and trying to figure out what I should do next. Without her, I don't think I could have gotten through it.