J.B. Norman


J.B. Norman lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where he pretty much lives and breathes writing. When he is not writing his own books, he is editing books written by somebody else. He wanted to write a book since he was about nine years old; upon discovering that "Viking" was no longer a viable career option, he finally sat down and did it.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm from Ottawa, Canada. Since I don't write about white-collar government workers or tech companies, I don't really think there's anything about Ottawa per se that influenced my writing.

But growing up within walking distance of two libraries probably did. I remember going to the library a lot with my Mom when I was little kid and coming home with big stacks of books about whatever I was really interested at the time. Science, mostly, as I recall. I was really into Science until I got a little older and realised "Science" was really just another way of saying "Math."

As for growing up in Canada in general, I think that's given me both a passion for promoting and supporting other CanCon creators. And left me with a sense of utter humourlessness about writing in Her Majesty's English.
When did you first start writing?
I honestly can't remember I time when I wasn't writing stories. Though, of course, when I was a kid, all the stories I wrote were just the stories I had already read with the names and details clumsily changed. Basically, I was writing uninspired, low-quality fanfiction before it was cool.
But, hey, everybody has to start somewhere.
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Where to find J.B. Norman online


The Alchemist of Middlesbrooke: A Tale of Realmgard
Price: Free! Words: 18,800. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2023. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » General
So, a Wilderling, a Half-Troll Amazon, and an Aurorean sorceress walk into a coffeehouse: the three female adventurers Lucia, Apolline, and Petra may have finally caught their lucky break in the city of Middlesbrooke, in a form of a request for help from a musclebound Alchemist.
Charge of the Lyte Brigade
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,280. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 21, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » General
There's trouble with bandits on the outskirts of Porthaven! Luckily, the Lyte Brigade are here to help. What these aspiring adventurers lack in experience, they make up in heart. Join Nolan, Matilda, Amara, Pela, Falcata, and Tancred was they set out on their first real adventure together in the newest Realmgard story.
Forward, the Lyte Brigade: A Tale of Realmgard
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,510. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Adventure & Adventurers
Nolan Lyte wants to be just like his grandfather, the famous guild Captain of the Lyte Brigade. Unfortunately, the Lyte Brigade was disbanded when his grandfather retired. Now, it's up to Nolan to gather the finest aspiring young adventurers in Porthaven and restore the fortunes of the Lyte Brigade.
The Valley of Appraisal: A Tale of Realmgard
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,910. Language: Canadian English. Published: November 21, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » General
How it all began: the story of how Kat Darkstone got her Adventuring Licence and began her career as one of the finest young adventurers in Realmgard!
The Bandits of Goldharbour: A Tale of Realmgard
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,210. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Kat and Dunstana Darkstone return for their third adventure! The Sisters Darkstone find their vacation interrupted by the notorious Bandits of Goldharbour!
The Treasure of Oake Island: A Tale of Realmgard
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,870. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 26, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Sisters Darkstone return for another adventure, bringing their archaeologist uncle and genius cousin with them. The Darkstones are heading to Oake Island, hot on the trail of the lost treasure of legendary pirate William Newgate. But to get the treasure, they're going to have to overcome the ambitious Red Wolf Pirates.
Fryte's Gold: A Tale of Realmgard
Price: Free! Words: 17,810. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Pirate girl Dunstana Darkstone and her big sister Kat discover the hidden lair of Realmgard's most famous pirate.