C.R. Fladmark


C.R. Fladmark was born. In the subsequent years, he attended school and way too much church. His early ambitions changed on a daily basis. In his teens, he thought about being a writer but like many other things, he never got around to it.

From an early age, C.R. Fladmark read a lot of books. As a teen, this included too many Asterix and Bloom County comics and far too many Louis L'Amour Western novels. The former helped establish a love for graphic novels and the latter made him paranoid that everyone he met, especially out in the woods or the country. However, it also created a love of desert places and an introduction to the Anasazi (the Old Ones), a people who seemed to disappear in an instant. His travels to Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Utah only intensified his interest in the mysteries of the desert. And somehow, as a teenager, he was very interested in all things Japanese, although he had little exposure to the culture.

More than a decade later, he met a beautiful Japanese woman on a blind date. His subsequent travels to Japan introduced him to myths and history that go back a thousand years, to the time when the gods ruled Japan. From these experiences, he found a way to meld his passion for the legends of these places within the pages of his books.

His reading spans many genres from literature, specifically Haruki Murakami, to historical fiction, dystopian YA and manga. As he says, as a writer you may find inspiration for a sifi book in a Jane Austin novel.

C.R. Fladmark currently lives in a small, historic town in British Columbia still with the aforementioned woman and three lovely children. All of them help with his books with suggestions, edits and the occasional "No, that's just stupid."

Smashwords Interview

Where did the ideas come from for The Gatekeeper's Son?
Any book has innumerable sources of inspiration but the event that first made the idea 'click' was on one of my first trips to Japan. My father-in-law took me to an ancient site where artifacts were discovered. The story was, a work-crew cutting a new road through a bamboo forest noticed something brass and shiny poking up through the soil. When archaeologists began to dig, they discovered hundreds of brass swords, laying in rows. There was no doubt they were buried long ago but why? The archaeologists couldn't find any obvious reason--it was the first finding of such a thing. My first reaction when I saw them was, maybe they weren't buried for use on This Side. Maybe they were left for others in another dimension--The Other Side.
When did you first start writing?
I started in high school.
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The Gatekeeper's Son
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,500. Language: American English. Published: October 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
2015 FINALIST IN 2 NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS FOR BEST FANTASY! "Filled with magic, mayhem, and intrigue" --Kirkus Reviews With the help of a mysterious girl, a San Francisco teenager saves his grandfather's business empire from a ruthless businessman while discovering things about himself and his family that lead him back to ancient Japan and threaten to destroy the only life he has ever known.

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