Gregg Schwartzkopf

Biography

For someone who has a great marriage, adult children, a new grandchild, and a stable day job, Gregg Schwartzkopf spends a fair amount of time in realms of fantasy. He's been an amateur magician, role play gamer and, yes, a Mets fan (YOU GOTTA BELIEVE). Recently (that is, within the last decade) he decided to try his hand at creating stories in imaginary worlds that other people might like to share.

To find out more about him and his writing life, check out his site at www.gs1word.com

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's an almost mystical process where the story takes on a life of its own. I develop the characters and the outline of a plot, but as I let the characters speak they often tell me things about the story that I'd not realized when I started writing.
Who are your favorite authors?
I originally became interested in fantasy through Tolkien and Katherine Kurtz's Deryini series. I was a fan of Robert Asprin's Myth books and Adams' Hitchhiker series. My current favorite is Lisa Shearin.
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Series

The Exile of Caswel Esmar
Caswel Esmar, an Alfaran and rebellious knight, incurs the wrath of the Elder Council due to unsanctioned contact with mere humans. His temporary banishment to the Realm of Mortals in the form of a teenage girl sets off a chain of events involving high school power politics, serial deception, inconvenient spell casting and prevention of a cross dimensional war.

Quick as a Bunny

Price: $1.99 USD.

Penny for Your Thoughts

Price: $1.99 USD.

Solid as a Rock

Price: $1.99 USD.

Books

The Exile of Caswel Esmar-Box Set
Price: $3.99 USD. (Free until Jan. 21!) Words: 165,270. Language: American English. Published: September 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Follow Caswel’s journey from arrogant Alfaran knight to Catholic school girl; from sophomore class champion to defender of the Fae and Mortal Realms as he discovers that embracing his feminine side might make him a better man.
Solid as a Rock
Series: The Exile of Caswel Esmar. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 39,040. Language: American English. Published: March 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
As Torchbearer’s plan solidifies, the Darkmoon Wardens prepare to repel an invasion of the Fae and Mortal Realms. Between the enemy’s hot rage and the crystal ball’s cold logic, Cass must find his own way forward.
Penny for Your Thoughts
Series: The Exile of Caswel Esmar. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 41,400. Language: American English. Published: November 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(4.00 from 1 review)
Cass is nervous when Interloper stops communicating, but Joan's sudden romance with a freshman convinces him the world may be ending. Cass tries disrupting the pair, thinking the boy is using spells on Joan, but he discovers that the couple are under the influence of a magic coin. Cass attempts to return things to normal, but finds that when you’re in for a penny, you're in for a pounding
Quick as a Bunny
Series: The Exile of Caswel Esmar. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 40,160. Language: American English. Published: December 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(4.00 from 1 review)
After beating the school’s most obnoxious senior at his own game, Cass and his friends experience fame with varying degrees of appreciation. Just as the whole school’s paying attention to Cass, a rogue sorcerer casts a curse changing him and Rodger into rabbits. Now Cass must guard his true identity, find the mage, and break the spell before he and his friend succumb to permanent bunny brain.
Judgment of the Elders
Series: The Exile of Caswel Esmar. Price: Free! Words: 45,940. Language: American English. Published: March 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
There are worse things than being exiled to suburban Long Island, and Caswel Esmar is experiencing most of them. Just because he violated rules about unauthorized contact with humans, the Elder Council stripped him of knighthood, deprived him of magic and transformed him into a human teenage girl. If only that were the sum total of his problems.

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Smashwords book reviews by Gregg Schwartzkopf

  • Magpie & Jynx (The Twin Cities Series) on July 04, 2014

    It has two, strong female protagonists, lots of action and interesting variations on familiar fantasy creatures. My only quibble is the abrupt shifting from first person narration to third person and back again.
  • Fallen Grace on Jan. 02, 2019

    I picked this up on a whim and it fooled me into thinking it was boilerplate Action Hero Princess with Complex Love Triangle. Then the first twist hit and it veered off in a very different direction. The characters are fleshed out and the plot moves swiftly with a number of surprises. The narrative gets a little repetitive from time to time, but it never bogs down. I suspect I'll be investing in more of the series.