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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                         
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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.

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 [...]
Posted on Sep 20, 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 [...]
Posted on Mar 26, 2014                         
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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                         
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Holiday Joy!

Well, the holidays are upon us — a cherished time to reflect, snuggle with loved ones, quaff eggnog, and toss innumerable catalogs in the recycling bin. It's also a time to coax one's bewildered toddler into sitting on a stranger's lap. I'm not certain which aspect of this photo is more upsetting; the fact that my son is howling or Santa's glazed, semi-creepy smile. Hopefully, Charlie will forget all about the experience and we can put this little gem aside for his wedding slideshow....

Apologies for the sporadic blog postings, but I was in California to launch The Maelstrom and returned to the NYC-area just in time for Hurricane Sandy. Exciting times as the Neffs camped out in the basement while the hurricane raged outside. Couldn't help but think of Yuga. Having lost [...]
Posted on Dec 03, 2012                         
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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 [...]
Posted on Aug 28, 2012                         
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Ooh La La — Max goes to Paris!

It's always exciting to see The Tapestry translated into another language and to see foreign editions with alternate covers. Most recently, The Tapestry's first book was translated into French where the series is called "The Golden Tapestry" and the first volume is titled "Rowan Academy" Here's a peek at the cover, which I think is very lovely. The only question I have is why Max is holding a broomstick or wand type of object. Neither appears in the book and lord knows I don't need any more Harry Potter comparisons! :)

Now, I just need to dust off my French and dive right in....

Posted on Nov 29, 2011                         
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Working on Plates

Working in pen and ink requires a commitment - after all, there's no erasing a mistake on the final art and it's always been important to me that I have a finished piece of art (as opposed to simply a computer file). It's truly a headache to have to start all over due to a silly mistake or not having thought through my composition and thus I spend some time working out the larger illustrations before diving right in.

This is a good example of how I might work - a combination of sketching, manipulating my own drawings to create something like this palanquin, and using objects such as the chairs and rug to help give me the sense of of how to balance the room. While I'm sure there are Photoshop gurus who use things like perspective grids, I'm hardly a guru and thus I do much of the per [...]
Posted on Nov 06, 2011                         
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New Additions at Rowan!

Any artist (or writer) loves to create new characters and creatures. In my case, the same goes for new buildings and settings. In my humble opinion, a setting is a character and can play an instrumental role in shaping the mood and tone of a story.

There are many new sights and settings in The Tapestry's upcoming fourth book, The Maelstrom. We experience some on Max's travels, but there are many changes taking place at Rowan itself. With the arrival of tens of thousands of refugees and construction taking place [...]
Posted on Oct 27, 2011                         
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