Michael W. Garza often finds himself wondering where his inspiration will come from next and in what form his imagination will bring it to life. The outcomes regularly surprise him and it’s always his ambition to amaze those curious enough to follow him and take in those results. He hopes everyone will find something that frightens, surprises, or simply astonishes them.
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Where did the idea for The Last Shadow Gate come from?
This book was in the draft phase for over a decade. I based the characters on my kids
and as they grew and developed their own personalities I allowed the characters in the
book to do the same. It’s been a labor of love and seeing it finally in print has been a
wonderful experience. Every time I read through it I see my daughter and son on every
Where do you get your ideas?
Ideas for stories come from the strangest places. I never sit down and say ‘let’s write a
book’ there’s usually a spark that comes out of nowhere. It’s the littlest things that lead
to the big ideas for me. I’m never in a hurry when it comes to writing so I’ll sit on
something for quite a while and let it build until I can see an entire adventure from
beginning to end. In that way, by the time I sit down to write I usually know exactly
where I’m going.
How do you find the time to write?
As a father of three, time is always a challenge. Writing is a hobby for me. It’s
something I’m passionate about but my focus is usually needed elsewhere. A majority
of my writing is done in the quiet of a late night when everyone else is in bed. I take my
shots whenever I can get them. I’ve been known to disappear for a short time here and
there if I see an opening for a writing opportunity but a majority of the good stuff I get
down on paper is done long after everyone else is snoring.
Print Length: 264 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: NeverHaven Press; First edition
Cover Reveal: December 9, 2016
Pre-Order Date: December 9, 2016
Publication Date: March 3, 2017
ISBN-13 (Paper Back): 978-0997900415
ISBN-13 (eBook): 978-0997900408
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
Summer vacation was never supposed to be like this.
It was bad enough Naomi had to be shipped off to her dad's home for the summer and deal with her
half-brother Gavin, but when the siblings are forced to spend their break with their greatgrandmother
in upstate New York, everything changes. An investigation into the strange
disappearance of their great-grandfather forces them to retrace his footsteps. They discover a
gateway between worlds and encounter extraordinary creatures in a land where the people are
desperate to escape the coming of a shade lord. To survive their adventure, Naomi and Gavin must
settle their differences and find the elusive shadow gate that will take them home again.
THE SHADOW GATE CHRONICLES:
Book 1: The Last Shadow Gate
Book 2: A Veil of Shadows (Coming 2017)
Book 3: The Shadow of War (Coming 2018)
Praise for THE LAST SHADOW GATE:
"If this book had been around when I was a kid, I’d have held it right up there with The Chronicles of
Narnia and Lord of the Rings.”
- Sunshine Somerville, Author of THE KOTA SERIES
"You won't want to miss out on the thrilling yet perilous world beyond the shadow gates!"
- J. Cornell Michel, Author of JORDAN'S BRAINS
*If you love fast-paced, YA Fantasy, THE LAST SHADOW GATE is the book for you.*
The Last Shadow Gate