Anne Marie Gazzolo came out of the womb with a pen in one hand and a book in another. From her imprint, Of Ages Past, she publishes epic fantasies about heroes who courageously embrace their callings. Through their examples, she arms readers with the weapons of hope, faith, trust, courage, friendship, loyalty, beauty, truth, and selfless love, so they can win their own battles against devouring darkness.
Anne Marie has so many tales inside her (im)patiently waiting their turn to come out. The first is The Storm Chronicles, an epic fantasy series showcasing battles between mortal and immortal forces of good and evil. The second series will be more historical fiction/historical fantasy with exciting jaunts through ancient and Arthurian British history, real or feigned.
Anne Marie believes in the power of stories to transform lives. She is so glad God deliberately fashioned her as a creative person. She writes the tales she wants to read and for those who give her the honor of telling her their stories, so she can tell the world about their struggles to overcome tremendous obstacles. She heartily agrees with J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis who noted the ability of stories to reintroduce us to the beauty of the world we take for granted and become blind to because we see it so often. Story-telling is of vital importance because it allows access into worlds we would not encounter any other way, including the world within ourselves. It is a mirror through which we can see our hearts and the people and events around us clearer than before. There is so much to draw from the Cauldron of Story, as Tolkien terms the depths of imagination authors dip into to bring out marvelous sub-creations to inspire generations of readers. Read Tolkien’s delightful and insightful essay “On Fairy-Stories” and Lewis’ “On Stories” to glean some of their great wisdom!
Anne Marie has her Master’s Degree in Language and Literature from Signum University. She is the author of Moments of Grace and Spiritual Warfare in The Lord of the Rings, which also includes a chapter on The Hobbit; Chosen: The Journeys of Bilbo and Frodo of the Shire. Now she returns to her first love: fantasy fiction with The Storm Chronicles, an epic series that begins with The Gathering Storm.
Anne Marie loves ancient and medieval British history. She believes in the innocence of Richard III; in the Loch Ness monster; and that Mary, Queen of Scots had no involvement in the murder of her second husband. She wonders what really happened to the Princes in the Tower and who or what caused the death of Amy Robsart. The Arthurian world of post-Roman Britain is another budding interest. She laments there is no TARDIS around to visit all these exciting times!
Anne Marie thinks being an aunt is the greatest thing in the world, and she should know, being the proud aunt of 11 and great-aunt of 9. Life is grand!
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