Inspired by a misspent youth playing Dungeons and Dragons (the real kind, with dice!), and reading about heroes such as Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser, Conan and others, Carl F Northwood creates his own heroes and heroines, all eager to wield swords and mutter sorcerous incantations at sinister and fantastical villains. Some of their sagas are serious and brooding, others are oddball and eccentric.

Having grown up in a leafy and green village in central Bedfordshire, he now lives in a leafy and green village in East Yorkshire with his partner and two of his five children, surrounded by horses and dogs. He survives on a diet of ale, cheese and bourbon, all washed down with a massive swig of Folk Metal music. And yes, that is a thing.

He has earned coin throughout his fifty years in a variety of guises, including office, factory and managerial work. He currently helps run a successful small business, but is now looking to gain further treasure as a scribe and storyteller.

His first novel, The Maingard Chronicles Book 1: The Darkness Rising, is ready for the world, and is available from 25th June 2021.

His second novel, The Maingard Chronicles Book 2: The Demons Within, was launched in paperback format in April 2022 and continues the saga from The Darkness Rising.

Bex and Ishtara carry the fight to the enemy and aid Prince Garlen in his quest to rescue his sisters before they become pawns in the war between his mother and the Cassalians.

He also posts short stories here or on Wattpad,

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