Four Moons Press is the label Eric and Matt use to describe the books they write together about their fantasy world. The setting, characters, and even the period in history may be completely different from one book to another, so naming the whole series after one country or major character doesn’t really work. No matter the story, though, the planet it takes place on has four small moons set in improbable orbits. Four Moons Press publishes the stories of that world.
Besides, Zawadzki and Schick are much harder to spell.
Eric spent his Midwestern childhood reading fantasy, so it probably isn’t surprising that he came to idealize stories of going to a far-off land. When no wizard showed up to tell him he was the heir to some otherworldly throne or the only one who could defeat the nefarious designs of a dark god, Eric took this whole questing hero thing into his own hands.
While backpacking alone in Poland without so much as a phrasebook, he met many strangers who gave him advice and directions. One family even took him in for the night, feeding him and asking him about his travels. No bandits or wolves, but that’s probably for the best. He still has nightmares about that wolfman from The Neverending Story.
He lived for a time among the majestic mountains of Colorado before seeking his one true love, Beth, on the frozen wastelands of Minnesota. They married on a beautiful spring day and are in the process of living happily ever after.
Indiana had a slogan in Matt's childhood: “There’s more than corn in Indiana.” Driving around the state, he agreed — there were also soybeans and vast, flat skies. He found inspiration because there was so much room for it, inspiration to explore, to fill himself with variety, and to write with them in mind.
He now lives in Charlottesville, Va., with his lady, whom he met while working as a journalist in Hawaii. He ended up in Hawaii after doing similar work in Colorado and Virginia, and going to college in Wisconsin. In his explorations, he has found people, food and experiences that made each place an inspiration for the worlds in which he writes.
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The Pithdai Gate
by Eric Zawadzki
Approx. 138,030 words.
The crown prince of Pithdai has been kidnapped, and the ransom is a trove of magical paintings — any one of which could destroy the fragile political and cultural balance of the nascent Flecterran Union.
Luckily, the king’s daughter, Arrina, leads the indefatigable Senserte — the Eyes of Justice, who are traveling players by day and ruthless crime-fighters by night.
Lesson of the Fire
by Eric Zawadzki
Approx. 140,440 words.
Published on July 30, 2012.
When a powerful wizard sought to annex the villages under Sven Takraf's protection, he fought back ruthlessly in their defense.
Fought back but lost.
Devastated by the deaths of the people he had sworn to protect, Sven devotes himself to breaking the power of the magocracy, and soon he finds himself presiding over the bloodiest civil war in living memory.
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