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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                         
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Building Worlds at SCBWI

On February 6th the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) kicked off 2015 with its winter conference in New York City. This was the third conference I’ve attended, and my first as a member of the faculty.

If you’re interested in writing or illustrating children’s books, I really can’t recommend the SCBWI more highly. Writing can be a very solitary career, and it’s wonderful to come together now and again with like-minded people to discuss your shared pursuits and passion. The SCBWI brings together writers, illustrators, agents, editors, and other publishing professionals to provide what is really an unrivaled collection of talent and experience. At any given conference you’re likely to fi [...]
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Posted on Feb 28, 2015                         
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Takeaways from SCBWI

This past week I attended the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) national conference in Los Angeles. For those unfamiliar with SCBWI, it's an organization that brings together people from all areas of children's publishing — writers, illustrators, editors, agents, art directors, publicists, etc. If you're interested in making children's books, it's an organization you really need to join.

The week was inspiring and exhausting. I can't think of another context in which one can converse with an aspiring writer, all-mighty publisher, and Newbery award winner in the space of ten minutes. Yes, that actually happened. You get to take some time and focus on your craft while gleaning [...]
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Posted on Aug 07, 2014                         
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Pitching "IMPYRIUM"

If you want to make a living as an author, you have to think one project ahead. Even before I started working on THE RED WINTER, I was kicking around ideas for a new project — a series that would take place in "The Tapestry" world, but unfold thousands of years later. That world, while sharing some of The Tapestry's foundations and mythology, would be very different and reflect tectonic shifts not only in societies, cultures, and religions, but even geography. That world — and the empire that predominates — is called "Impyrium."

The moment I finished edits and illustrations for RED WINTER, I started work on Impyrium's first book, with the goal of writing several sample chapters and some supplementary materials that would introduce the world and my vision to pote [...]
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Posted on Jul 25, 2014                         
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Henry Answers Reader Questions
A video blog in which Henry answered questions from readers on everything from his inspirations to his creative process, The Maelstrom, and what may come after The Tapestry is complete.


Posted on Sep 29, 2012                         
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BIG News!!!
I'm happy to announce that there will be a fifth book to complete The Tapestry series. The development occurred as I was working on the manuscript for The Maelstrom and realizing that there were too many interesting aspects of the world and interesting story lines to explore to wrap up the series in a fourth book of manageable size (i.e., not a a thousand-page book). It's a tricky topic to broach with one's publisher - after all, they thought the series was originally going to be a trilogy - but fortunately they were open to expanding Max's tale.

I can't tell you how thrilled I am. As I was writing The Maelstrom - and thinking it would be the last book - I was agonizing over how best to economize certa [...]
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Posted on Oct 05, 2011                         
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Happy Mother's Day!

My mother is the first person who reads each new chapter of my books. I can always count on her to provide timely encouragement and constructive criticism as The Tapestry takes shape. On Mother's Day I want to say a great big THANK YOU to the woman who brought me into the world and raised me. Without her, Max McDaniels would not have made the leap from thought to page.

Here she is in 1971 - a spectacular photo of a new mother in front of the Eiffel Tower with her firstborn (my older brother, John). A beautiful, loving, and thoughtful lady. My siblings and I are very fortunate.

And here's to mothers everywhere - thank you for everything you do. It's a hard job and sometimes a thankless one, but your kiddies love you for it...
Posted on May 07, 2011                         
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Lions and Tigers and Rumbas...Oh My!

Alright, I promised an update post-dancing lessons and I'm a man of my word.

Danielle and I opted for the special "introductory" package of lessons at the Fred Astaire dance studios in Manhattan.  We arrived to see a variety of students and teachers gliding gracefully about the floor, engaged in everything from the rumba to the foxtrot to cha cha cha.  Alas, there was no one engaged in Lamada...the infamous "forbidden dance" popularized on the silver screen.

Anyhow, back to the lesson.  Nadia - our very patient, very skilled instructor - explained that the rumba is a stationary dance while the foxtrot is one which travels.  We tried both and spent the next forty-five minutes giggling, blaming one another for missteps, and doing our best to master the basic [...]
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Posted on Feb 17, 2010                         
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