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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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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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Mysterious David Menlo

As I've been working on character studies for various illustrations, it occurred to me that we needed one for the mysterious, mercurial David Menlo. Here is our favorite one-handed Sorcerer looking intently at something unnameable while holding an antique thurible (a device for burning incense and used in many holy — or unholy! — ceremonies.... We'll be spending lots of time with David in The Maelstrom and I think readers will be pleased to get to know David a little better and to see his and Max's friendship grow. David might even find himself a girlfriend....
Posted on Nov 16, 2011                         
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The Perils of Playing with Magic

It sounds like an oxymoron, but I really do strive for "plausible fantasy". I want the characters to seem real, the emotions to seem real, and for the world to hang together logically. Magic can stimulate our imaginations, but it can also threaten a fantasy story's plausibility if the author isn't careful to place it within some parameters.

Take the common magical device of teleportation - the ability to instantaneously travel someplace else, even a location thousands of miles away. That is an incredibly powerful ability - one that is so powerful it can threaten to undermine the balance in any world where it exists. In Rowling's work, every young wizard learns this ability and very soon they're zipping off all around the world instantly and e [...]
Posted on Jun 01, 2011                         
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Some Maelstrom Teasers...

So here I am - working away on the manuscript while New York shakes off winter and eases into spring. Some nice days lately, blooming flowers, crowded ice cream shops, and strollers, strollers everywhere.

I find myself staring at strollers quite a bit (and probably frightening the parents). My wife and I are expecting our baby boy in less than two months now and the reality of becoming a father is starting to set in. We've been tackling a project each week - putting up drapes, building a crib, attending birthing classes, etc. Babies are complicated creatures who need a lot of stuff...who knew?!? We're very excited to welcome our little guy into the world and no...he will not be named Max ;)

But enough of that stuff - let's talk Maelstrom! I've been racing against the baby to [...]
Posted on Apr 27, 2011                         
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The Fiend and the Forge Trailer is here!
The video trailer for The Fiend and the Forge is finally ready - right before the book arrives in stores. Have a peek and share it with your friends on YouTube or Facebook. More coming soon!

Henry Neff - Fiend and the Forge - Book 3 of... by expandedbooks
Posted on Nov 21, 2010                         
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On to Book Four!
Well, The Fiend and the Forge is finally in the bag. Edits are completed, the drawings are finished, and now I turn my attention to Book Four....

Given the fact that I was so late with Fiend, I'm anxious to get back on schedule with the fourth book and ensure it's arrival in 2011. To make that happen, I'm now camping out in cafes and plotting out the storyline in some detail while also kicking around cover ideas so that the fantastic cover artist (Cory Godbey of Portland Studios) can get cranking. Typically, the publisher likes a cover well in advance so that the sales/marketing people can get excited about the book and start bringing it up in their conversations with booksellers, etc.

We're sti [...]
Posted on Jul 12, 2010                         
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Meeting the Fomorian....

Here's a sketch of a drawing that will come later in the book.  In this sketch, I'm not really bothering with facial expressions and character details as much as I'm trying to capture an atmosphere and composition.  I keep the background loose and focused most of my efforts on the Giant as that's where the reader's attention will naturally fall....
Posted on Apr 23, 2010                         
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