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I can honestly say that I have been an avid reader since I was in the second grade (1982) and have never, ever looked back. I have and continue to read a variety of genres but my all-time favorite genres, yes, I have three of them, is science-fiction, fantasy-fiction and historical-fiction. From these three genres I draw my own inspiration in my work from Don Coldsmith, Anne McCaffrey, Katherine Kurtz, and Robert Silverberg.

My earliest childhood memories all have me always rooting for the Native American's in any western that I watched even thought I quickly learned that they were always made out to be the villain. I have since learned many, many years ago, that was truly not the case, in fact, it was our ancestors here in American that were the real villains, having stolen the land, killed for it, or simply just conquered in sheer numbers. It wasn’t until I was a young boy, around the age of 7 or 8 that I finally seen a movie that showed the Native Americans in a positive light, for what they were and truly are, a group of people with their own culture, languages, and heritages. This movie only enhanced my enthusiasm for everything Native American.

Don ColdsmithBy the time I had entered the third grade, I had come to idolize two Native American Chiefs, Sitting Bull, a Miniconjou Sioux Chief and Holy Man and Crazy Horse, an Ogallala Sioux Chief. I began collecting books on Crazy Horse and to this date, I have six different versions of his biography, with my favorite being written by Stephen E. Ambrose and one version that was specific to his death. At the end of my school career (Junior College), I have read his biography 39 times and have visited the monument erected in his honor, Crazy Horse Mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota. To find out more about Crazy Horse, visit his Wikipedia Page at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Horse. In 1987, Don Coldsmith, the most influential author I have ever read within the historical-fiction genre published his first book in the Spanish Bit Saga, which has spanned 22 years and includes 32 Novels in the Saga. Don’s new approach to the Native American’s showed them in a light never before seen… they were human, had families, were a passionate people. He is the single most influence on my Passions of Two-Spirits series.

For more information on Don Coldsmith, please visit his website: www.doncoldsmith.com or the Wikipedia Page on him at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Coldsmith. Mr. Coldsmith was born in Iola, Kansas on February 26, 1926 and died in Kansas City, Kansas on June 25, 2009. He was a Word War II Veteran, a retired medical doctor, author, and cattle rancher in addition to his duties as a husband and father.

Todd J McCaffreyIt was in 1986, my first year of Junior High that I came into contact with my next two all-time favorite authors, Anne McCaffrey (Science-Fiction) and Katherine Kurtz (Fantasy-Fiction). It was also during that time that I fell in love with another Science-Fiction series, Star Trek® when Star Trek: The Next Generation hit the television in 1987. I was already of fan of the original Star Trek® motion pictures and of Star Wars®, both since I was a young child.

Anne McCaffreyAnne opened my eyes to a whole new world, the Dragon Riders of Pern® and eventually with her Tower® series involving the Rowan. Once I found the world of Pern® I fervently sought out her books, games, and any and all source materials on the topic. I fell, totally, completely in love with the world of Pern®. I began collecting her novels, both the Pern® and the Tower® series’ and to this day, still love reading her novels, feeling inspired after rereading them and energized. Anne left this earthly existence in 2011, but her series lives on through her son, Todd J. McCaffrey.

For more information on Anne McCaffrey, please visit her website: http://www.pernhome.com /aim/ or the Wikipedia Page on her at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_McCaffrey. You can also visit the Pern Wikipedia Page at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragonriders_of_Pern to find out more information about the series and hopefully you’ll get hooked like I did, many years ago. You can also find out more information on Todd J. McCaffrey at his website: http://pernhome.com/tjm/ or the Wikipedia Page on him at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki /Todd_McCaffrey.

Katherine KurtzAt the same time I was nose deep in Don Coldsmith’s and Anne McCaffrey’s books, I got hooked in by another author, Katherine Kurtz. She took me way back, almost 1200 years back in her medieval fantasy series, the Deryni® set in a fictional fantasy world based upon medieval Wales, England, and Ireland. Katherine’s book brought in a new element for me, magic. Neither Don or Anne had any magic in their books, which I liked for their particular series’ but this new one for me took me to a time that was simpler, no technology, just the cold steel of swords and medieval battles. Katherine is still to this day writing in the series and has a few others as well, but I have never had any interest in them as I have with the Deryni® and the Eleven Kingdoms. King Kalson and St. Camber have come to hold a special place in my heart.

For more information on Katherine Kurtz, please visit her website: http://www.rhemuthcastle.com/index.php or the Wikipedia Page on her at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherine_Kurtz. You can also visit the Deryni Wikipedia page at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deryni_novels to find out more information about the series and hopefully you’ll find them just as thrilling as I have over the years.

Robert SilverbergThe last author that has had the most impact on me didn’t find me until I was in high school. I was always in the library whenever I had a chance during high school and once my tenth grade English teach even threw a book at me for doing what she told me to do… read. I found the series as I also visited the local public library all the time to see what new books they had and found Lord Valentine’s Castle, by Robert Silverberg completely by accident one afternoon and from there, the rest is history they say as I was hooked. Robert was another fantasy fiction/science fiction author that took me to a world far, far from here and thousands of years from now as he wove his stories about Majipoor and its humble rulers, the Coronal’s and Pontifex’s of Majipoor.

For more information on Robert Silverberg, please visit his website: http://www.majipoor.com/ or the Wikipedia Page on him at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Silverberg. Robert is an accomplished author of hundreds of short stories and novels and again, I hope that you will find Majipoor to be as enthralling as I have over the years.

S Adam Day

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