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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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"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                         
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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                         
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Welcome to Shrope Hovel!

As I work on The Red Winter, I've been having some fun sketching some of the locations that we'll be visiting during the course of the story. Here are two different mockups of Shrope Hovel, home to our favorite hags.
Posted on Feb 19, 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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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 [...]
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Posted on Apr 27, 2011                         
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The Haglings!

Sketch of the Day: I'm working on plates these days (full page illustrations scattered throughout the book). Here's a little beauty - or eight of them. Haglings have arrived at Rowan. Not quite as cute and cuddly as they might initially appear, please note their little muzzles.... Regarding the sketch itself, I lik...e the overall composition, but have some things to work out with the lighting. Also, Mum's a little too "pretty"...

Posted on Apr 21, 2010                         
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Haglings

Some of my favorite additions to The Fiend and the Forge (September 2010) are undoubtedly the haglings.  These toothy creatures might be small and dressed in starchy little uniforms, but don't turn your back on Bellagrog's hungry little brood.  In fact, according to some, haglings can be even more ferocious than their full-grown counterparts.  A few things to keep in mind:

  • Hag reproduction is a mystery.  In Bellagrog's own words, "there ain't no male hags."
  • Haglings seem to be spawned and, like sharks and serpents, are almost immediately lethal
  • Haglings don't receive names until they reach their tweens.  Relatively few haglings reach their naming ceremony as the life of a hagling is often nasty, brutish, and short.
  • A wee hagli [...]
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Posted on Feb 21, 2010                         
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Life in the Big City

Well, here I am - living, breathing, sleeping, and writing in the Big City.  New York is a far cry from San Francisco or even Chicago.  Altogether busier, which is both good and bad.  Good in the sense that there's an incredible, inspirational crush of energy, cultures, noise, sights, and even smells.  Bad in the sense that there are times when you'd like to turn all of that off and just be.

Fortunately, I'm living in Brooklyn in a leafy neighborhood called Park Slope.  Lots of cute restaurants and cafes to explore when I can emerge from the packing boxes.  Lest you think I'm ignoring Max McDaniels, however, I can assure you that I am not.  In fact, here are some updates on the series generally and The [...]
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Posted on Jul 07, 2009                         
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