M. Benjamin Woodall was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1972 and has held residence in ten states in eastern/central United States. He studied various disciplines including mathematics/theater at Presbyterian College (SC), filmmaking at Columbia College Chicago (IL), business administration at Ashford University (online), and has worked in the independent film industry in the 1990s to 2000s as screenwriter/producer. Mister Woodall's passion for comedy and science-fiction/fantasy embellishes his first published series Raiders of the Dawn.
When did you first start writing?
So long ago. It seems like I've always been writing, even before I was reading, but that can't be true. Let's see. Back when I was eight, maybe nine, I wrote short stories in a journal somebody gave me. Blue-colored, fabric cover. I know, because I kept it, most of the inside anyway, with one tattered cover hanging from the rim, up until about eight years ago. I re-copied everything inside for posterity, but I really didn't need to. I've probably revised just about every tale in there numerous times since I first penned them to paper. One of the stories in that journal was my first chapter book, initially only three short ones, which I later re-wrote into two journals at about the time I was twelve years old, entitled Door to Wonder, which would become the basis for the fantasy series I'm now working on, Raiders of the Dawn. In the early years I had always hand-written everything. I didn't start typing, or using a word-processor, until the time I was in college.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember the first story I read for myself, but the first book that inspired my imagination that was read to me, along with its sequels, was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. At the time, it was such a fascinating, game-changing experience for me that made me realize I could experience another reality, another place, all in my head. It was back when I was in a montessori school in Indiana, when I was seven, maybe. I don't know exactly how old. The dad of one of my classmates was a big fan of Tolkien. I remember being in some play of the Hobbit where this guy was Gandalf and I was one of the dwarves. I read the Hobbit, of course, and then at least started the Lord of the Rings, at an early age, but only after I watched the Rankin/Bass animated feature of the Hobbit.
Unlock the secrets of Dawn's Gate as the fate of Angoll hangs in the balance. Gargoyles among us, hidden in plain sight. An evil wizard's revenge. Destiny's crown.
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Dayona is the young queen of her people, descendants of the Raiders from Earth long ago. She earns respect in a male-dominated world by the sword, leading John and Kalla on a quest to retrieve the last artifact from the Pool of Wisdom in ancient lands over the sea.
Tonight, while investigating the disappearance of their physics teacher, two teenage boys step through a portal to a world of monsters, swords and sorcery, which means they are now caught up in an epic saga of conquest because the dragon Morgana plans to invade the Earth.
In the Dark Ages, King Arthur set sail with many brave men on a raid of the magical world of Angoll. Now the Raiders are back.