Blog
Results for the "Characters" Category
Interested in learning a bit more about IMPYRIUM? Watch the animated trailer! The book arrives on October 4, 2016. You can pre-order signed copies and extra goodies here.

Posted on Sep 09, 2016                         
   Comments (8)


Meet Sigga Fenn

One of my favorite characters from the upcoming Impyrium series is Sigga Fenn, newest member of the Red Branch and a native of the savage Grislands which lie beyond the empire's borders. No longer mystic knights, the Red Branch have become cold-blooded assassins who report only to the Divine Empress. When enemies infiltrate the palace, Sigga is assigned to protect Hazel Faeregine, the youngest member of the royal family.
Posted on Dec 22, 2015                         
   Comments (1)


Some Impyrium characters

While I'm writing a manuscript, I'll take a break now and again to sketch some of the characters. Here's a drawing from two of the main players in Impyrium: Hazel Faeregine and Dame Rascha. Hazel is one of the Faeregine triplets; direct descendants of Mina I and the granddaughters of Mina XLII (informally known as "The Spider"). Dame Rascha is Hazel's tutor, an Elder vye from a family that has served the Faeregines for centuries. More to come!
Posted on Mar 17, 2015                         
   Comments (6)


The Final Chapter!

Today, I begin writing THE RED WINTER's final chapter. While I realize many people wish I'd arrived here sooner, I'm very happy with how it's turned out and the journey Max and myself have taken since I started writing the THE HOUND OF ROWAN almost a decade ago. When that book was published in 2007, I was a bachelor living in California. Fast forward 7 years and I'm living on the east coast as a happily married father of two beautiful boys. That is a lot of change in a relatively brief period of time. It boggles my mind to think of it. While I wish I could have written more books in that span, I'm proud of the five I managed and am optimistic that you'll enjoy The Tapestry's final installment.

Let's talk about THE RED WINTER. In my opinion, it is unquestionably the best book in the [...]
Read More...
Posted on Mar 26, 2014                         
   Comments (19)


An Approach to Word Building

Every author is a world builder, an architect of settings and characters that interact in various ways. Fantasy and science-fiction writers are particularly reliant on world building because the settings, denizens, or rules by which their world(s) operate are more imaginative. The best are able to balance fantastical elements with plausibility and realize a place that has real weight and dimension — a world that the reader finds both authentic and enticing. This is easier said than done and thus I'm going to share an approach that I've found helpful.

When I tackle world building, I use an acronym from my days as a history teacher. The acronym is S.P.R.I.T.E and its letters stand for the following aspects of a civilization: Society, Politics, Religi [...]
Read More...
Posted on Jan 13, 2014                         
   Comments (2)


"Mum, you have a turkey on your head...."
Here's a fun little sketch involving Mum taunting Bob whilst wearing a turkey on her head. When sketching, start simple and layer in details along the way. Happy Holidays!

Posted on Dec 20, 2013                         
   Comments (3)


Creating Compelling Characters
Henry discusses "Hook, Line, and Sinker" — his approach to developing characters for The Tapestry.


Posted on Dec 11, 2013                         
   Comments (0)


Answering Some Reader Questions
Some readers were kind enough to lob in a few questions via Facebook. Here are their answers.



Posted on Jul 28, 2013                         
   Comments (18)


The Red Winter - A Sneak Peek!

Prologue

The Witchpeaks are the tallest mountains in the world. At one time they were called the Himalayas, an “abode of snow” in ancient Sanskrit, but no longer. That name — like so much else in the world — had changed when Astaroth came to power. Although the mountains were still wreathed in snow, they were now named for their chief inhabitants.

Most of the witches lived below the timberline, but their holy places nestled nearer to the summits. Some were little more than primitive shrines, storm-lashed ledges where the witches prayed to their gods and wove the wild magic of their kind. But the most sacred spaces were inside the mountains themselves, carven temples containing treasures that [...]
Read More...
Posted on May 10, 2013                         
   Comments (31)


Let's Visit the Shropes

What happens when haglings receive their names? You get a whole bunch of hags from miles around. That's what we'll be seeing at Shrope Hovel in The Red Winter. Let the hijinks ensue!
Posted on Mar 15, 2013                         
   Comments (6)