Telling Stories

When I was growing up, my family would often drive to my grandparent’s home in Ogden, Utah. My grandfather built that home himself, and it is a place that brings back wonderful memories. It was a great house with plenty of neat places to explore as well as a scary basement that was about as terrifying as the Scourgelands to a little boy. My grandmother would always pick fresh raspberries for us from her garden. One thing we used to do, when getting together as family, was to tell stories.

Telling stories has always been a part of my life. It’s probably why I became a history major in college and why I love to write. I love stories! I love learning about new people, different eras, and connecting various pieces together like a giant puzzle in my head. I used to sit on my grandparent’s back lawn and tell my cousins and siblings stories. I love that my extended family reads and enjoys my books. They have always been my biggest fans.

One of my traditions is to listen to the audiobook of my latest novel when my author copy arrives. There is something magical about hearing the narrator read my story back to me and I’m reliving POISONWELL right now. I’ve enjoyed the e-mails from fans who finished the Whispers from Mirrowen trilogy as well as some phone calls from family members and friends. It’s like we’re sitting on the lawn and sharing a moment in the shade.

So what’s going on now? I’m wrapping up the final edits for the new Covenant of Muirwood series. I am so excited by this new series and can’t wait to share it with you in August, September, and October. That will be a new experience for you–being able to read the entire story so quickly. I believe the audiobook narrator from the original Muirwood series will also narrate Covenant. Fingers crossed!

I’ve also been working with Jet City Comics on a graphic novel set in the same time as Covenant. I have to admit how pleased I am with the artwork and scripts. Every Monday morning, there are new panels to look over. The artwork is amazing! Graphic novels are another form of storytelling. I’ll make a separate announcement when I get permission to share some images with you.

There’s another another secret project brewing which I’ll be announcing in a few months. It goes along with the theme of telling stories. I can’t say more right now, but soon. If you haven’t subscribed to my e-mail list, you might want to in order to find out as soon as it happens. You can subscribe through my Facebook author page (here) or from the front page of this blog (

Thank you for joining me on this adventure! I’ve had some discussions with 47North about my next few projects as well. More on these later, but I appreciate the partnership with my publisher!

P.S. I do plan on being at Worldcon in Spokane, WA in August (called Sasquan: Would love to see some of you there!

Jeff Wheeler

Jeff Wheeler

Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty epic fantasy novels.

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