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SPOILER ALERT!!!  If you have not yet read The Red Winter, you may not wish to continue reading this entry. I will be referencing events that occur toward the end of the book and I don't want to ruin anything for you. If you've made it all the way to the end of Max's journey, however, continue on a little further for the inspiration behind Max's trials...





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As some of you know, I used to teach history, specifically U.S. history to high school students in San Francisco. One of the things I really tried to stress to my students was how extraordinary the American Revolution was — not as a military conflict, but as an unprecedented historical phenomenon. Colonies almost inevitably revolt, but this uprising was different â [...]
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Posted on Nov 25, 2014                         
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Sneak Peek: THE RED WINTER Ch. 2

As we count down to the release of THE RED WINTER, here's another excerpt from the book. This is chapter 2. Click these links for the prologue, or for chapter 1. The book will be released as an e-book on November 25th.

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Ch. 2 - Shrope Hovel

Scholars classified hags among the lower orders of semiexotic, semi-intelligent beings. Their abrasive natures, willingness to be displeased, and readiness to eat the offending party set them apart from polite society. Lurking on the fringes of towns and villages, they inhabited dank cottages or burrows where they might brood over slights real or per [...]
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Posted on Sep 20, 2014                         
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Henry Answers Reader Questions
Henry answers reader questions about THE RED WINTER, The Tapestry series, and his new project, "Impyrium." He also shows off his awesome summer tan.


Posted on Aug 15, 2014                         
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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 [...]
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Posted on Mar 26, 2014                         
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Creating Compelling Characters
Henry discusses "Hook, Line, and Sinker" — his approach to developing characters for The Tapestry.


Posted on Dec 11, 2013                         
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Henry Answers Reader Questions
Today, I answered a few questions that readers submitted via Facebook. SPOILER ALERT: I mention events that occur in The Maelstrom. If you have not yet read the book, please keep that in mind.


Posted on Jan 08, 2013                         
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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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The Maelstrom, Chapter One!

The Xebec

The harbormaster’s bell rang clear and cold as the xebec slipped past the tall breakers and entered Rowan Harbor. Witch-fire burned at its prow, an oily plume of green flames that sputtered in the breeze and cast a spectral gleam on the dark swells. A dozen fishermen and smugglers scattered out of its path, coaxing their smaller vessels beyond reach of the ship’s oars as it skimmed toward the main dock like a huge black dragonfly.

On the cliffs above, Max McDaniels slung off his heavy pack and stopped to watch the ship’s progress. Despite the predawn gloom, he could make out a weather worker on the xebec’s deck. The [...]
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Posted on Aug 28, 2012                         
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A Compilation of Maelstrom Images

As a reader correctly pointed out, I've tended to post more drawings and updates to Facebook than my own blog. The reason is that it's often easier to update Facebook and that this website is a little unwieldy to administrate. That will remedied in the next version (the entire website will be getting an overhaul over the next few months) but in the meantime, here is a compilation of drawings from The Tapestry's upcoming book, The Maelstrom. I hope you enjoy them!
Posted on Mar 22, 2012                         
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The Maelstrom's Frontispiece....

The frontispiece (the illustration right inside the front cover) is arguably the most important drawing in the entire book. It is often the first image a reader experiences and sets the tone for the story to come. When brainstorming The Maelstrom's frontispiece, I wanted to create something that had an epic feel and would really showcase the book's central theme; namely the threat posed to Rowan by the forces of Prusias. Hopefully the image of Max astride YaYa is a fun teaser for readers who have never yet beheld such a sight. I wouldn't want to be that ogre!
Posted on Jan 25, 2012                         
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