The Humble Homunculus

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One of my favorite additions to the world of Impyrium is the homunculus, a type of creature that serves as familiars to the mystics, sorcerers, and mehrùn aristocracy. Among the various domanocti – “night servants” – the homunculus is both the most common and unique. The secret behind this apparent contradiction can be found in their weird and wonderful origins. Bred […]

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Interview with Illustrator Antonio Caparo

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Are you interested in drawing or becoming an illustrator? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Below you’ll find a conversation with the incredibly talented Antonio Caparo, the gentleman who created IMPYRIUM’s gorgeous cover. Read on to learn about Antonio’s training, his approach to making art, and where he looks to find technical guidance and inspiration. It’s a fascinating window into a professional’s vision and creative process. Thank you, Antonio!

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IMPYRIUM’s cover is here!

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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 […]

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Meet Sigga Fenn

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One of my favorite characters from the upcoming Impyrium series is Sigga Fenn, newest member of the Red Branch and a native of the savage Grislands which lie beyond the empire’s borders. No longer mystic knights, the Red Branch have become cold-blooded assassins who report only to the Divine Empress. When enemies infiltrate the palace, Sigga is assigned to protect […]

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Impyrium Updates

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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 […]

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Some Impyrium characters

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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 […]

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Building Worlds at SCBWI

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On February 6th the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) kicked off 2015 with its winter conference in New York City. This was the third conference I’ve attended, and my first as a member of the faculty. If you’re interested in writing or illustrating children’s books, I really can’t recommend the SCBWI more highly. Writing can be a […]

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