I have been asked by a number of individuals over the last few months, both online and in person, when Book III will be coming out. My answer  often takes the shape of a halfhearted grin accompanied by a rather meek, "Soon, I hope!" I am certainly not trying to be coy or rude by saying as much; rather, I'm sharing with these readers (whose interest and curiosity is more dear to me than I can possibly express) exactly as much as I myself know. While the first and second books were written very quickly, being published almost within a year of one another, the third book has proved a tricky beast to tackle indeed.

Would that writers could write in vacuums, free from all the complications that weigh down life in the real world: free from deaths in the family, broken romances, pesky midterms and finals, full-time day jobs, and even other writing projects. It would be easier to put pen to paper in such a world, I expect, but the products of writing in such a listless, dull realm would prove profoundly uninteresting, if you ask me.

However, while I have been giving what I suppose could be called "dispirited" answers to curious readers for some time, I come to you now bearing facts and determination. The rough draft of Book III is not finished. The rough draft of Book III is not even half-finished. Those were the unfortunate facts. Here, however, is the determination: the rough draft of Book III will be, God willing, finished by January 1st of 2016. This means, God willing, that the book itself, after undergoing several of my own rewrites and several expert edits by the intrepid and wonderful Wayne Purdin, and after being illustrated by an as-of-yet undesignated artist, should, should, SHOULD be available to buy sometime within the summer or fall of 2016.

I hope the above will, in some small way, appease any lingering concerns out there. I can say this for certain: there will be a Book III, have no fear in that regard.

As for the actual plot of the final installment in the trilogy, I believe I can share a bit here without spoiling too much. Book II ends on quite a cliffhanger as I'm sure anyone who has read it is acutely aware. This being said, I'm sure you can use your better judgement to estimate that at least a handful of our main characters survive the predicament , after all, the series is still called Children of The Noah and there's still a whole third book for said Children to journey through. I say this only because I have been told by a select few readers that I have an unhealthy and unfortunate predilection for "killing off" their favorite characters.

I'm quite certain I have no idea what they're talking about.

Some readers may have noticed, within the pages of Book II, quite a few overt references to a certain ancient legend. Indeed, these references ended up laying the foundation for what was to be the central location in which the novel takes place. Some readers may have also noticed fledgling references to yet another, somewhat-less-ancient-but-still-quite-ancient legend.Similarly, these references (smaller and less overt in nature) form the groundwork of what is to be one of the crucial aspects of the plot of Book III.

 I will say this: Franklin and company travel to a new land populated by some old, familiar faces. To make any further guesses as to the plot of Book III, one only needs to cross reference some of the "references" found in Book II with the works of other authors. T.H. White, Thomas Malory, and Geoffrey of Monmouth come to mind. Though I really can't imagine what such a lot of disparate and distinct writers could have to do with Children of the Noah. If only there was some common theme uniting them all under one literary banner...
It's been a LONG time coming but Book II is finally here! You can snag it on Amazon by following the link below1



I was interviewed for a New Haven based writing blog the other day, and I thought I'd share the news here. So yes, I am blogging about a blog.

Do with that what you will.

Here's the interview

The interview called for a photograph of me, but my illustrator thought this image did my personality more justice:
I'm extremely pleased to announce that the Barren Earth signing/Q&A at the Blackstone Memorial Library in Branford Connecticut went extraordinarily well! You can view some pictures from the event here on the News tab of this website, or you can read about the signing (and the book) on the New Haven Register!

In other happy news, students from several schools from around Connecticut will be reading The Barren Earth this year in class! CELC (Connecticut Experiential Learning Center) is among those schools. CELC in particular is a school that's very close to my heart; my two middleschool teachers (and lifelong friends) Melinda Alcosser and Maria Mortali created CELC a couple of years ago, and have been rocking on ever since! CELC is an excellent, outstanding way for young people in the shoreline to learn; I'm proud to say I make regular visits. Here's the website

Children of CELC read Children of The Noah!

Finally, I'm very happy to announce that The Barren Earth Kindle Edition is now on sale for only $3! Snatch your copy up while you can!
It's been a while since I've posted anything here. I suppose that's mostly because there hasn't been all that much to say! The Barren Earth was released in late July and has been selling steadily ever since. And I, in a similar trend, have been writing steadily ever since. I'm not sure how long it's supposed to take an author before he or she begins to write a sequel, but I'm not ashamed to admit that, the moment after The Barren Earth went live on Amazon, I set furiously to work on the second book in the Children of The Noah trilogy.

Before we talk too much about the sequel, though, I'd like to make an announcement about The Barren Earth. Thanks to some further polishing by my fantastic editor, and some further tweaking by my equally fantastic illustrator, The Barren Earth has been revised into a brand new edition. The text is tighter (numerous spelling/grammar errors have been eliminated, much to my embarrassment), the formatting is cleaner (the annoying banner at the top of every page has been removed), and the back cover has been modified to fit the general aesthetic of the novel more closely. Essentially, it's a whole new book! A new kindle edition will be released next month as well (I'll post about it then). If you haven't purchased the book already, I highly encourage you to take the risk; the new edition is truly worth it (in my completely unbiased opinion).

In the back of the revised edition of The Barren Earth there has been a single new page added. This page serves as an official announcement of Children of The Noah: Book II, hinting that the sequel will arrive some time in 2015. The subtitle given?
Children of The Noah
Book II: 
The City of The Star Gods

Excited? I know I am. The subtitle might be a bit confusing to some readers. "Why," you might be thinking, "are gods popping up in a story about time travel and apocalypse? I want my post-armageddon wasteland back." Then again, maybe the introduction of some gods and magic makes perfect sense to you (you clever readers you). Either way, I assure you that the excitement and adventure will not be diminishing. Not only is City of The Star Gods almost twice as long as the Barren Earth (don't quote me on that), it's also just as action packed. As to the plot, I'll only say this: go take a look at Chapter Six in the Barren Earth. Was it a little bit confusing? Well, have no fear, all will become clear the instant you crack open Book II.
Here's a little mini promo:

Franklin Freeman and company leave the wasteland behind them as they travel backwards in time aboard the Noah. The ancient world they find in the past is a primitive paradise of untouched forests, blooming early civilizations, and miles upon miles of empty ocean. But all is not so peaceful and quiet as it seems. When the children stumble upon a hidden city in the middle of the Atlantic, the sinister secrets of the ancient world emerge in the welcoming guise of a glistening metropolis. Will the children discover the key to defeating the Bhasma Cloud at last? Or is the past just as close to apocalypse as the future?
Grab Mozi Box, pack some Burke Bars, power up the time machine, and don't forget your Lonie cape! The City of The Star Gods awaits!

The First Post


I don't really know how to blog or what blogging is exactly, but I'll use this area to post updates about up and coming work, progress, etc. The reader should know that, at the time of this post and the creation of this webpage, The Barren Earth has not yet been published in any way or form. So this website is, in its current state, nothing but a big, egotistical mess. However, that is not to say it will remain that way. The Barren Earth has been finished (for all intents and purposes) for several months now, but the editing has taken awhile. Once the book is out, I'll be posting information about the sequels (and possibly other series) here on the site and blog. You'll be able to find a lot of it in the News section.

What we do have right now is some work from my illustrator (and very good friend) Raisha Friedman. At this point she's painted the cover and a few concept sketches for the character Lazlo. Over the next couple of weeks she will paint a back cover and make some interior illustrations in black and white, some of which I hope to post here. Check her out in the About page and in the site Gallery (which is quite small as things now stand).