The Merlin Chronicles: Revelations – Merlin the magician only exists in myth and legend — at least that is what archaeology student Jason Carpenter thought until he discovered the mysterious orb that housed history’s greatest wizard for 1,600 years.
Forced into an uneasy alliance, Jason and Merlin are sucked into a web of deceit, intrigue and murder sending them on a chaotic race to outwit, and out run, Merlin’s ancient nemesis, the evil sorceress Morgana LaFay: a gang of drug smugglers and a 500-year-old Chinese necromancer. It is a race against time to complete their quest before an army of dragons are unleashed on a vulnerable and unsuspecting 21st century world.
In The Merlin Chronicles: Revelations, Daniel Diehl has created an adventurous blend of Arthurian legend, biblical prophecy, classic wizard fantasy and contemporary urban fantasy to create a world exactly like ours — except that Merlin and the age of magic return full-blast to battle ancient evils and save civilization.
Targeted Age Group:
13 – 99
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Actually I don’t think there is any basic difference between writing the different fiction genres or between fiction and nonfiction. At the root of all genre is the necessity to know how to construct a good story, once you have mastered the craft of story telling the differences are both minor and secondary to a sound knowledge of the basics of the writers’ craft.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
There are two main rules to becoming a good writer. First, to be a good writer you first have to be an avid reader. I have had meny students tell me that they want to write but don’t enjoy reading – there is no such animal. The more you read with an eye to how other writers put their stories together and how they use words the more you learn about the writers craft. Secondly, make private time to be alone with your thoughts so you can plot out the progression of your stories. Take a drive or walk the dog. Take a pocket tape recorder with you so you don’t lose even the smallest idea. Don’t take your MP3 player or your mobile phone; you have to have time away from any distraction, to be alone with your thoughts.
Daniel Diehl is an author, writer and investigative historian with thirty years experience in his field. For nearly twenty years Diehl has been involved in writing for publication and documentary television production.
Diehl’s work has won awards from the Houston (Texas) Film Festival, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (US) and the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Arts Foundation. Working alone and as a part of the multi-award winning team of Daniel Diehl and Mark Donnelly, Diehl has produced work in two main categories; trade publication and television documentary scripts. His canon of work includes eighteen non-fiction books (which have been translated into nine foreign languages) and scripts for more than one hundred and seventy hours of documentary television primarily for A&E Network, The History Channel, History International and Discovery Network.
In addition to his books and scripts Diehl has served as historical consultant on such films as The Color Purple (Amblin Entertainment, 1986), Darrow (PBS Television Theatre, 1991) and Baskin’s Run (Finnegan’s Wake Productions, 1994). He has also written for such periodicals as Victorian Homes, Gilded Age (which he also edited), Old House Journal, Sacred Spaces, Country Victorian, FLAIR, Tournaments Illuminated, Popular Woodworking, Conde Nast Traveler and numerous other publications. He has also contributed short stories and wrote the introduction for Midici Books’ collection ‘303 Short Stories’.
Diehl is ranked #72 of the top 100 History books sold per Writer and he is frequently interviewed for magazine articles and radio programs on a variety of history-related topics as they apply to his books.
“Revelations” Book One of his highly anticipated new series “The Merlin Chronicles” was released on-line world wide on 12/12/12 and is getting great reviews as well as causing a sensation. ————
Below is a list of Daniel Diehl’s work both published and produced.
Pirates of Maryland (Stackpole, 2012)
Medieval and Renaissance Furniture Compendium (Stackpole, 2012)
Pirates of Virginia (Stackpole, 2012)
Medieval Celebrations (2nd edition) (Stackpole, 2011)
Death & Taxes (Sunbury, 2010)
Pirates of the New Jersey Coast(Stackpole, 2010)
Haunted Houses of America: A Travelers Guide (Stackpole, 2010)
Inventors & Impostors: How History Forgot the True Heroes of Invention and Discovery (Crimson Press, 2008) Translations: Estonian
The Big Book of Pain: Torture & Punishment Through History (Sutton, 2008)
Management Secrets from History (Sutton, 2007) Translations: Greek & Korean
Eat Thy Neighbor: A History of Cannibalism (Sutton, 2006) Translations: Czech, Croatian, Portuguese, Brazilian, Korean, Greek, Polish
Tales from the Tower of London (Sutton, 2004)
Elbert Hubbard: The Common Sense Revolutionary (Spiro Press, 2003)
How Did They Manage (The Industrial Society. 2002) Translations: Spanish
Medieval Celebrations (Stackpole Books, 2001) Translations: German
Medieval Furniture, Plans and Instructions (Stackpole Books, 1999) Translations: German
Siege: Castles at War (Taylor Publishing, 1998) Translations: German
Constructing Medieval Furniture (Stackpole Books, 1997) Translations: German
Mysteries of the Church (TransVideo Communications for NET Network 2010/2011) 12 part series
Judge Alex Show (Monet Lane Productions,2010) Unlimited series
Legends of Rock, 2007 & 2008 (Alba Communications, 2007) 12 part series
The Sultan of Brunei: Trouble in Paradise (Alba Communications, 2007)
Sheik Mo and Dubai Inc. (Alba Communications, 2007)
Augusto Pinochet: The Beast of Chile (Alba Communications, 2007)
‘Calico’ Jack Rakham/ Pirate (Alba Communications, 2007)
Military History Collection (Alba Communications, 2005/ 06) 8 part series
Tales of the Bow (Alba Communications, 2002)
Adolf Hitler: In His Own Words (Alba Communications, 2001)
Blitzkrieg (Alba Communications, 2001) 3 part series
Tough Times (Ardent Productions, 2001) 13 part series
Quest for Ancient Egypt (EMS Productions, 2001) 3 part series
Tales from the Tower (Ardent Productions, 2000) 4 part series
Secrets Of… (EMS Productions, 2000) 10 part series
Legends of the Vampire (Cresset Communications, 1999)
Amazing Destinations (EMS Productions 1998)
Siege: Castles at War (EMS Productions, 1998)
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Before writing ‘Revelations: book one of The Merlin Chronicles’ I authored or co-authored twenty non-fiction books and more than 170 hours of television documentaries. I had long wanted to write fiction but had never settled on any particular topic to write about; the only thing I was sure of was that it had to be be based in fact. The main plot line for Merlin simply popped into my head one day while I was walking my dog. In less than ten minutes I had the first third of the book worked out and character sketches for all of the main characters: Jason Carpenter, Merlin, Beverley McCollough and of course Morgana le Fay. Never before or since have I had so much of a book come to me so suddenly or with such clarity. Maybe it has something to do with Merlin’s magic.