C.R. Fladmark


C.R. Fladmark was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest in a place called Vancouver, BC. From an early age, among other more active and sometimes destructive pursuits, he loved to create imaginary worlds and to read books; a lot of comic books including Asterix, Calvin and Hobbes, and Bloom County, thrillers, and far too many Louis L'Amour Western novels. Also, as a teenager, he became interested in all things Japanese (ninja, swords, old temples and shrines, customs), although he had little exposure to the culture.
More than a decade later and after forgetting most of his interest in Japan, he was introduced to a Japanese woman on a blind date. His subsequent travels to Japan (with her) introduced him to the myths and history of Japan that go back thousands of years, to the time when the gods ruled Japan. He now travels often to Japan, where he researches his novels among the ancient sites in Shimane Prefecture.
C.R. Fladmark currently lives in a small, historic town 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 Fallen Gatekeepers - Extended Edition
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 103,910. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Coming of age
It's been months since 16-year-old Junya survived his savage battle with the Evil Ones, but now that he's back in San Francisco his shoulder aches from the bite that should have killed him, and black poison lingers in his blood. But when someone begins slaughtering shamans, Junya and Shoko realize the Evil Ones are back.
The Gatekeeper's Son
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 90,580. 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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