James Petrillo hails from beautiful Lanesboro, Minnesota, where he lives with his family. After his university studies, he worked in theatre, both children’s and professional, before becoming a television producer. Upon returning to his home town, he independently released a novel, The Darkwood, a horror thriller. His true heart lives in the fantasy realm of magic, swords, and dragons, and he has written fantasy most of his life. Ashyer is his first full novel written with that true heart.