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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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IMPYRIUM's cover is here!

IMPYRIUM's cover has arrived! Here's a peek at the cover for the upcoming book, scheduled to be in stores on October 11th. Isn't it beautiful? It was created by the talented Antonio Caparo, who's done many book covers along with some artwork for Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series. He really did a wonderful job of bringing the characters and the Lirlander Vault to life. What attention to detail!
Posted on Feb 15, 2016                         
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Impyrium Updates

Sorry for the dearth of posts but I've been busy working away on IMPYRIUM. Here are a few characters and creatures you'll be seeing (to scale no less!). The book is tremendous fun and I can't wait to share it with you. I'll be posting the cover as soon as I get the okay from the publisher. It will be arriving in book stores on September 13, 2016. In the interim, I'm working on a new website, book 2 of the series, and a whole host of goodies. More soon!
Posted on Nov 21, 2015                         
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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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A New (and Early!) Arrival

The Neff family is proud to welcome James Henry Neff to the family. James was so impatient to read a draft of The Red Winter, he decided to arrive 5 weeks early. Needless to say, he was quite a surprise and triggered a mad scramble as mom/dad headed off to the hospital and a bewildered Charlie was left in capable hands. He arrived at 7:57 a.m. on August 30th. His first words were "This needs revision." Tough critic.

Despite being an early bird, James weighed in at a hefty 6.5 lbs. and is doing great. The name "James Henry" is a tribute to my wife's father (James Raymond) and my grandfather (Henry Rothschild). While it's very early and newborns tend to look like squashy puppies as opposed to the walking, talking humans they will become, James looks a great deal like his big brother C [...]
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Posted on Sep 10, 2013                         
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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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Some BIG Life Changes Ahead!



Some readers have been emailing lately about why I haven't been making many (translation:  any) entries to the Blog on the new website.  Well, there's a reason.  Actually, there are many reasons, but there are two big ones:

I just got engaged and will be moving from San Francisco to New York!

Big news, big news.  While some might choose to propose and others might swap coasts, I decided to tackle both simultaneously and I'm confident that you're both shocked and awed by my ambition.  Actually, that's a politically charged phrase.  Let's change it to "bewildered and dazzled"....

In many ways, I have The Tapestry to thank for reacquainting me with my fiancee, Danielle.  You see, she and I [...]
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Posted on May 11, 2009                         
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Website Relaunch!
Well, if you're a frequent (or even infrequent) visitor to my site, you might have noticed that things have changed.  Yes, my piddly little starter website has been "reconfigured" (to use a Rowan term) to offer a bit more insight into The Tapestry, the world of Rowan, the words, and pictures that comprise the growing story.

It's been a big project and, like most big projects, has had its share of exciting, inspirational, exasperating, and exhausting moments.  While I enjoy technology, I'm hardly a web-savvy person and the world of programming, CSS, wireframes, HTML, etc. might as well be magic.  Fortunately, I had some heavy hitters to help me out and thus I confined my efforts to creating the content that would compri [...]
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Posted on Mar 25, 2009                         
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Off to the Big Apple
I’m heading off to New York later this week to catch up with old friends, have lunch with my editor, and escape the cold of a San Francisco summer. New York is always such an intriguing city – it is simultaneously such an American city, but so international as well. Just walking around Manhattan, a person is simply bombarded with dozens of languages, dialects, personas, etc. No other American city has the kind of concentrated energy that New York offers – it is a vibrant, electric, exhausting experience that I love in doses before I retreat to the relative calm of San Francisco. I’ve toyed with the idea of living in New York and, in fact, was very close to moving there at one point, but I think those days are behind me. I’m no puppy anymore and I fin [...]
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Posted on Jan 05, 2009                         
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