Donald Firesmith

Biography

A geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software engineer helping the US Government acquire large, complex software-intensive systems. In this guise, he has authored seven technical books, written numerous software- and system-related articles and papers, and spoken at more conferences than he can possibly remember. He's also proud to have been named a Distinguished Engineer by the Association of Computing Machinery, although his pride is tempered somewhat by his fear that the term "distinguished" makes him sound like a graybeard academic rather than an active engineer whose beard is still slightly more red than gray.

By night and on weekends, his alter ego writes modern paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic science-fiction, action and adventure novels and relaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods and mystical gemstones. His first foray into fiction is the book Magical Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore written under the pen name Wolfrick Ignatius Feuerschmied. He lives in Crafton, Pennsylvania with his wife Becky, and his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs, cats, and birds.

You can learn more about the author by visiting his personal website:
http://sites.google.com/a/firesmith.net/donald-firesmith/

His magical wands and autographed copies of his books are available from the Firesmith’s Wand Shoppe at: http://magicalwandshoppe.com.

Smashwords Interview

What do your fans mean to you?
Fans (i.e., readers who enjoy my books) are my only true measure of success as an author. Although I write books I would like to read, I enjoy seeing them in print, and the occasional royalty checks are all very nice, books need readers. I would much rather have happy readers than fame or royalties.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember the first story I ever read, especially as my mother read to me from before I could even talk and I learned to read early. What I mostly remember is that I read huge amounts of science fiction in high school (some 70+ books my freshman year). My three favorite authors were the three grand masters: Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert Heinlein. I also read a lot of Asimov's popular science books and we corresponded quite a few times. I was also greatly influenced by the Tolkien Trilogy. I must have read it 20 times. In fact, I liked it so much that when I spend a year going to school at Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich my Junior Year in college, it was the only English-language book I took with me.
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Books

Free and Low-Cost Book Marketing for Indie Authors
Pre-release—available November 30, 2017. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,590. Language: English. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Marketing
Free and Low-Cost Book Marketing for Indie Authors is just what the title says, a book for indie authors who will be marketing their own books while on a very limited budget. This book includes numerous examples and guidelines on the proper use over 50 different marketing tools and techniques.
Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton
Series: Hell Holes. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 52,710. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(4.00)
In this exciting second modern paranormal fantasy book in the Hell Holes series, the three survivors of a research team sent to discover the cause of the mysterious hell holes flee south along Alaska's Dalton Highway from an army of invading demons.
Hell Holes: What Lurks Below
Series: Hell Holes. Price: Free! Words: 39,410. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(4.00)
When an oil company sends a scientific team to investigate one of dozens of huge holes that have mysteriously appeared overnight in the tundra of the North Slope of Alaska, they discover a far worse danger lurking below, one that threatens to destroy us all...

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Smashwords book reviews by Donald Firesmith

  • Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 - 6) on Oct. 07, 2016

    The debut novel by Australian Renee Scattergood, Shadow Stalker Part I (Episodes 1-6) is also the first book in the Shadow Stalker young adult paranormal fantasy series. It tells the story of teenager Auren, who is raised by her somewhat mysterious uncle Kado and who discovers that she is not only a shadow stalker (people with uncommon paranormal abilities) but also marked for death by an evil foreign emperor. While the book shares several characteristics with similar tales of children who learn that they have unknown special abilities, what makes this series special are (1) the author has created an interesting world with its own geography and cultures and (2) the concept of shadow stalkers is both interesting and innovative (no spoilers so I won’t tell you how). This book is thus much more than your typical high school heroine with her standard group of friends. The main characters are interesting and well-developed, the pacing keeps the action going, and the prose descriptions bring the setting vividly to life. I also very much liked the idea of the self-fulfilling prophesy and the risk it poses to the characters and their world. Now that I have finished the first book, I definitely look forward to reading the second book and will be following this author as the series progresses. Recommended. P.S. As of the writing of this review, the ebook is a free download. Enjoy!