L. B. Graham is the author of The Binding of the Blade, a five book fantasy series with P&R Publishing that began in 2004 and just recently culminated with the publication of All My Holy Mountain in 2008. The first book of the series, Beyond the Summerland, was a Christy finalist in the "visionary" category.
And hey! we were competitors there, since DragonSpell was also up. We both finalled but Karen Hancock walked off with the gold.
L.B. and I met at the Christy Awards banquet. I thought he was pretty stuffy, and I think he used the word "weird" in his first impression of me. The Motiv8 tour gave us a chance to break that initial reaction. I'd adopt L.B. in a minute. He's personable, funny, bright, polite, and cuddly. A hug from L.B. is just like one from my real son, who is also tall and courteous.
Mr. Graham was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up there before heading to Wheaton College outside Chicago in Wheaton, Illinois. From there he went to St. Louis to attend Covenant Seminary. Since 1996, he's been teaching in St. Louis, the last 9 years at Westminster Christian Academy where he also serves as the Bible Department Chair.
With diverse writing interests, Mr. Graham has a nonfiction book proposal under consideration , but fortunately for his fans, he is also developing a new fantasy series, which he hopes to begin proposing to publishers soon.