Bio: J. L. Rowan has been reading and writing fantastic tales since childhood. Her love of far-away, magical places drew her to both personal and formal study of all things medieval -- and the SCA, where she can pretend (if only for a moment) that the ideals of Camelot truly exist. Her love of the medieval, combined with her love of felines and other talking animals in literature, led to her creation of the Guardians and the world of Talithia, where high fantasy reigns. She has a B.A. in English, and MLS in Archives, with training in rare books bibliography at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Her love of rare books, old libraries, and Shakespeare all influence her current Talithian work-in-progress, To Tread Upon Kings. She has had two other Talithian stories published in Deep Magic, and an excerpt of To Tread Upon Kings won the 2007 Novel Excerpt Contest put on by award-winning author Tosca Lee. When not writing, she enjoys practicing the book arts. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with two mischievous balls of feline fur.
Talithia is governed by its Guardians, enormous black panther-like creatures who communicate telepathically. People in the surrounding kingdoms fear them, led by an evil queen who covets their rich land. After bitter fighting, in which Arnon, a peaceful farmer, emerges as a leader, the Talithians realize they will never have peace if they remain. With the Guardians, Arnon lead his countrymen to refuge offered by a sympathetic king. They cannot remain, for King Orontes faces his own problems. But... more info>>