Hi. Thanks for taking time to check out my website. My last name is pronounced press-TOP-nick. I'm the author of Dream Trail, a backpacking novel with a dash of mystery for adults and older teens.
Before that, I wrote Runaway Rocket to Planet 3G, the fourth of twelve planned books in the Griffin Ghostley adventure series for 10- to 13-year-old readers. The other books are Search for the Silver Swamp Monster (Book #1), Prisoner of the Giant Boona Bird (Book #2) and The Snow Beast of Finnian Forest (Book #3).
My other works include Missing Tweets no. 4, The Question Lies on Varick Street and The Annual Glass Paperweight Migration, really fast reads that make up the 22-Minute Novel series. Each book contains 140 chapters, each no longer than 140 characters.
I also wrote Zero's Next-Door Neighbor: Imagining the Existence of the Smallest Number, the Largest Number, and the Superlative Number System, my first, and very brief, piece of published non-fiction.
In 2015 I published Nicholas Raven and the Wizards' Web, a 120-chapter epic fantasy for adults and older teens. I began planning and outlining this Lord of the Rings inspired novel in 1978 when I was fifteen, three years after first reading J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved classic, and wrote the first draft between 1999 and 2013.
I've also written The Endora Trilogy, a fantasy-adventure series for pre-teens and adults comprised of The Timedoor (Book 1), The Sword and the Crown (Book 2) and The Saving Light (Book 3). The first book had originally been published as The Visitors in Mrs. Halloway's Barn before the story was expanded into a trilogy and retitled The Timedoor.
My other books include the children's adventure Gabriel's Journey, a stand-alone novel enjoyed by young and old alike, as well as the novella A Christmas Castle which is geared for adults and older teens.
In the above photo taken on September 10, 1995, I'm standing next to a cairn on top of Mount Skylight in the Adirondack Mountains in New York State. To ensure good weather, hikers are supposed to carry a stone up the mountain and add it to the pile. The Adirondacks were the inspiration for the Dunn Hills, a wooded, mountainous region in the northwest corner of Laparia, the lands where Nicholas Raven and the Wizards' Web is set. Working on this book for nearly thirty-seven years felt, at times, like climbing a mountain. Thanks again for visiting, and I hope you enjoy my books!
This map shows the land of Laparia where the action takes place in my epic fantasy novel Nicholas Raven and the Wizards' Web. The Dunn Hills, situated in the northwest region of Laparia, were inspired by my visits to the Adirondack Mountains in New York State.
Mark Goodliffe and Simon Anthony, two gents out of the UK, created and host the YouTube channel CRACKING THE CRYPTIC where they post daily solves of variant sudoku puzzles. Several of my puzzles have been featured on their channel, and I include the links to each one below. One of my puzzles, titled STITCHES, is shown to the left along with the solving rules.
Links to my featured puzzles on CTC:
#1 Arrow/Fibonacci https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXiwVVxEH9g
#3 Thermo Arrows https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1s56YKHMw78
#4 Trapezoids https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2R-7SDYuOg
#5 Starburst https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv7XMr2EtT0
# 6 Christmas Tree https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7GwUW1zvhc
#7 Stitches https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTvPMgaBwb0
#8 Squarrows https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWqgkTAJI_I
#9 Thermo Dynamics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhf6DTdiKdM
#10 Minimaximum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc2CVaMFJoU
#11 Near-Symmetry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U16Sn9TN40w
#12 Trio of Triples https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOI1QA6x4Ao
#13 Implosion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFMmxBNxCuk
#15 A Bit Cagey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ay7IZF7hOZ8&t=0s