Daniel Diehl has written Revelations: Book One of the Merlin Chronicles. He comes from Ohio and he has been writing professionally since 1995. Diehl writes nonfiction and fantasy fiction.
Revelations: Book One of the Merlin Chroniclesis an urban fantasy that finds Merlin the Magician dragged into the modern world, where he must face his ancient enemy, Morgana leFay, who plans to take over the world with the help of an army of dragons from an alternate reality.
His characters include: Jason Carpenter, a graduate student in archaeology who is forced to become Merlin's reluctant ally; Merlin, a 1,600-year-old wizard; and Morgana leFay, evil sorceress and general crazy lady.
“My experience as an historian provided me with much of the historical background behind the story, but my personal experiences have always been based firmly in reality.” Diehl derives inspiration in a seemingly effortless way. “The list of stories worth telling is nearly endless and life is so very, very short. Inspiration can come from the most unexpected places and at unexpected times.”
However, Diehl finds research somewhat challenging. “The most difficult part of my work, even when writing fantasy, is gathering valid, verifiable historical background material to use as reference.”
Diehl’s favorite author is unquestionably Samuel (Mark Twain) Clemons, “the greatest master of the written word in the American language. Next to him, everyone else is just poo.”
When asked if there is any funny, crazy, amazing, or interesting fact Diehl would like his fans to know about him, he says, “If I had time for funny, crazy, or amazing things, I would not have had time to write 21 books and more than 170 hours of documentary television programming.” Diehl has a wonderful bit of practical wisdom to impart to aspiring writers. “In no other field of endeavor does a person do their work and then ask if anyone would like to pay them for it. Have a good day job to fall back on.”
All of the following (and a whole lot more) of Diehl's works can be found on Amazon:
Eat Thy Neighbour: A History of Cannibalism;
Siege: Castles at War;
Tales from the Tower of London;
The Big Book of Pain: A History of Punishment and Torture;
Pirates of New Jersey;
Pirates of Maryland;
Pirates of Virginia;
Death & Taxes;
Constructing Medieval Furniture;
Medieval Furniture: Plans and Instructions;
Medieval & Renaissance Furniture;
Inventors & Impostors