“About the Author: A graduate of Oberlin College and the Rochester Institute of Technology, MORGAN HOWELL is a full-time writer who lives in upstate New York.” That’s my complete biography as it appears in Queen of the Orcs.
Quite a few readers have figured out that Morgan Howell is a pen name and Morgan is a guy named Will Hubbell. For those of you who didn’t, you’re in good company. My editor is a woman, and when she first read my manuscript, she thought Morgan was a woman also. I took it as a compliment.
I studied art at Oberlin College. When I graduated three wars ago, the powers-that-be thought my credentials made me perfect for the infantry. I spent almost five years under arms, first as an enlisted man and then as an officer. I mention this because my time in the military influences my writing. I don’t see war as a glorious enterprise, so I never portray it that way. I’m not a pacifist, but a realist.
After leaving the army, I studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Afterward, I pursued a career in the visual arts. I first worked in public television as an artist and photographer. Then I designed publications for a college. After that, I followed the money and went into advertising. By the time I rose to senior management, I was thoroughly sick of the business. By then, my wife and I were parents, and our toddler’s books fascinated me. I decided to create picture books, and to have total artistic control, I had to write the stories as well as illustrate them.
Enslaved by King Kregant’s army, Dar survived by befriending the fierce orcs who were also forced to serve. Now she has escaped–only to find that the price of freedom may be her destiny. Calling on her untried leadership abilities, Dar guides the surviving orc soldiers to the safety of their homeland–but the clan leaders refuse to accept her unless she can release their queen from Kregant’s fortress. Shaken by her growing gift for dark prophecy and a fate she feels unprepared to accept, Dar must infiltrate the very heart of the despot’s empire. There she will discover unexpected treachery and an ancient power that threatens the future of all. Look for Books I and III in the Queen of the Orcs trilogy Biography A graduate of Oberlin College and the Rochester Institute of Technology, Morgan Howell is a full-time writer who lives in upstate New York.
First-time author Morgan Howell delivers Queen of the Orcs, an exciting new fantasy trilogy beginning with King's Property (A Del Rey Paperback Original; On-Sale Date: July 31, 2007). Born into hardship, Dar learns to rely on herself alone. When her family betrays her, Dar is conscripted into King Kregant’s army and its brutal campaign to conquer a neighboring country. Now she is bound as a slave to dreaded regiment of orcs, creatures legendary for their savagery and deadly skill in combat. Rather than cower, Dar rises to the challenge. She learns the unique culture and language of the orcs, survives treachery from both allies and enemies, and struggles to understand a mystical gift that brings her dark, prophetic visions. As the war escalates-amid nightmarish combat and shattering loss-Dar must seize a single chance at freedom.