Monday, October 20, 2008

Wayne Thomas Batson

I spent 9 days with Mr. Batson and 6 other fantasy authors. I came away impressed by all of them. The trip was grueling, but during times of stress, every one of them were cool, professional, and the essence of what you want your Christian companions to be. I want you to get to know these people better, since I had the privilege of getting to know them. So for the next few weeks I will be blogging about these authors who are now like brothers and sister to me.
Here's a picture of Mr. Batson, then. You can see he's a studious thinker, but who would have thought that he had The Door Within within.










Here's Wayne Thomas Batson now. I think the loss of tie and suit says it all. Wayne Thomas Batson is cool.






Now for some official data on the fantasy author of these fantastic books:

Wayne Thomas Batson is the author of the bestselling Door Within Trilogy and the Isle of Swords, pirate series. Mr. Batson writes adventures set in imaginative locales because he believes that on a deep level, we all dream of doing something that matters and that we all long for another world.
He was born in Seabrook, MD in 1968. During the early years he tortured his older brothers and sisters, doing those things that only younger siblings can do to get on your nerves. He attended Gabriel DuVal Senior High School and wrote this for his Yearbook Senior Goals: To become a professional writer or artist. During the high school and early college years, he played lead guitar for a rock band called "Contagious." They were catchy, but apparently not enough to get a record deal.
Having completed the rigorous Holmes English Literature Curriculum, he graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1991. In 1996, he received his first graduate degree in Counseling. He has continued his studies with 36 credit hours of graduate-level Reading courses.
Wayne Thomas Batson has spent the last sixteen years teaching Reading and English to middle schools students. He pioneered the active instruction of Strategic Reading in Anne Arundel County and has written Reading and English Curricula for three public school systems in Maryland. Most recently, he helped develop the Challenge Reading Curriculum for advanced readers in Howard County, Maryland. Mr. Batson tailors his stories to meet the needs of the young people he cares so deeply about.
The Door Within Trilogy books earned favorable reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, VOYA, and popular author/speaker Josh McDowell. The Final Storm is the last book of an epic fantasy trilogy for readers 10 thru adult.
Wayne Thomas Batson gives thanks to God for the abundant life he’s been given.
When last seen, he was tromping around the Blackwood Forest of Yewland with his beautiful wife and four adventurous children. If you’d like to know more about Mr. Batson and his books visit: http://www.thedoorwithin.com/ or http://www.enterthedoorwithin.blogspot.com/.

Tomorrow, we will look further into the life and times of Wayne Thomas Batson.

8 comments:

WayneThomasBatson said...

Hi, Donita

It was so cool to spend some time with you. Thanks for posting some WtB stuff.

Never alone.

-W

Mae said...

like, DUDE THESE ROOOOOOCK!!!

Like,seriously. READ THEM!

LIKE NOW!
Cause theyll rock yo socks of fo shizzzzllee!!


Mr. B did an awesome job with the charries and should totally,like, make another series.

Anonymous said...

Wow, if the "insides" of those books are just as good as the "outsides," they're going to be fantastic to read!

Now if I can just convince my library to purchase them... *evil eyes*

crownring said...

Sounds VERY interesting! Guess I'll have to go book shopping soon! :)

Metta'sMelody said...

Wow!! These look amazing!!! The cover designs are AWESOME, by the way!!! I've heard they're really good, too.

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Mae said...

THEY ARE GOOD!!!

Anonymous said...

Neat covers! I've heard of the series and they're fantasy, my favorite genre. It's so hard to find good clean books these days, especially Christian fantasy. And I like the titles. Very, very intriguing, overall!

Mae said...

I haven't had the privelage ti read Isle of Swords yet, hopefully I will. VERY SOON!