Lessons I Learned from Merlin

Lessons I Learned from Merlin

Lessons I Learned from Merlin I have spent many, many years immersed in the life and world of Merlin. It is a magical, beautiful place, but it is also a place that has taught me a myriad of lessons about life, love, and humanity within our own world. Merlin has been a...
Find Merlin Sweepstakes

Find Merlin Sweepstakes

Find Merlin Sweepstakes Recent Posts Find Merlin Sweepstakes You Are the Author of Your Own Story Keeping Your Story Boat Afloat Using Mythology to Write Fantasy: Creating the Merlin Saga Myths, Magic, and Podcasting: A T. A. Barron...
Heroes All Around Us

Heroes All Around Us

Heroes All Around Us As all of my readers can attest, young heroes play an important role in my stories – fiction and nonfiction alike. I am often asked why this is — what is my fascination with young heroes — and the answer is quite simple: young heroes play an...
Introducing Magic & Mountains

Introducing Magic & Mountains

Introducing Magic & Mountains “All we have, truly, all we have, is our time and our souls.” – T. A. Barron I am thrilled to announce the upcoming release of my new podcast, Magic & Mountains! This is a project that I have been eager to share for so long...
Bringing a Character to Life

Bringing a Character to Life

Bringing a Character to Life Making characters come alive is one of the trickiest, but most important elements of writing. When you see how they look in your mind — and can hear their voice echoing — then you’ve begun to know who they are. But it’s not...
The Art of Kindness

The Art of Kindness

The Art of Kindness There is magic in kindness. Not rabbit-out-of-a-hat magic, but the true life-changing stuff of miracles. Genuine, heartfelt kindness creates a type of magic that is never-ending — a kind that multiplies with every person it touches. I’ve come to...
GIANT Virtual Book Tour

GIANT Virtual Book Tour

GIANT Virtual Book Tour I’m thrilled to announce that my latest book, GIANT: The Unlikely Origins of Shim, a prequel to The Merlin Saga featuring Shim, is coming to bookstores everywhere on October 26th. In honor of this magical opening to a story that means so...
The Magic of Reading

The Magic of Reading

The Magic of Reading What makes a book ‘worth reading’, to me? I read everything that interests me … which is quite a lot! Of course, I’m extremely fond of great nature writing, but I have long loved biographies of amazing people, and...
Getting the Most out of Gratitude

Getting the Most out of Gratitude

Getting the Most out of Gratitude I was once asked by a reader, “If you had to choose a favorite word, which would it be?” As a lover of language, I took this question very seriously! After spending some time thinking it over, I gave my answer: If I had to...
Celebrating Everyday Heroes

Celebrating Everyday Heroes

Celebrating Everyday Heroes The heroic people around us may not have super powers — at least, not the kind that allows them to read minds or leap tall buildings — but the qualities they possess and the powers they have to do good are very real. Heroes are people who...
#ShowYourShelfie

#ShowYourShelfie

#ShowYourShelfie Looking for Something? Search for: CategoriesCategories Select Category Adventures of Kate  (1) Adventures of Kate Excerpts  (3) Articles  (9) Blog  (147) Book Excerpt  (22) Books  (48)...
10 Great Stories to Read Right Now

10 Great Stories to Read Right Now

10 Great Stories to Read Right Now I was in my twenties before I discovered and fell in love with J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. A little later in life than many other Tolkien fans, perhaps, but it was absolutely the right time for me — reading his richly...
Merlin’s Final Magical Word: Love

Merlin’s Final Magical Word: Love

Merlin’s Final Magical Word: Love “It’s the most magical word of all. And it’s also the most varied – simple or complex, hidden or revealed, painful or joyous… That word is love.” THE WISDOM OF MERLIN: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life Love is magical. In one or...
Merlin’s Seven Magical Words: Gratitude

Merlin’s Seven Magical Words: Gratitude

Merlin’s Seven Magical Words: Gratitude At this time of year, the idea of Gratitude — one of Merlin’s most potent magical words — is never far from my mind. After all, with a holiday named “Thanksgiving”, it’s only natural that the holiday season inspires us to recall...
Merlin’s Seven Magical Words: Courage

Merlin’s Seven Magical Words: Courage

Merlin’s Seven Magical Words: Courage Merlin has been a part of my life for more than 20 years. Though he may be but a mythical being to some, and a great character in an epic story for many more, after more than 12 books devoted to his life and the telling of...
Merlin’s Seven Magical Words: Belief

Merlin’s Seven Magical Words: Belief

Merlin’s Seven Magical Words: Belief “Belief is a powerful elixir. It offers strength, renewal, and peace to those who drink it. And your cup can be forever refilled.” Belief, one of Merlin’s seven most magical words in the universe, can give us comfort in times of...
Merlin’s Seven Magical Words: Hope

Merlin’s Seven Magical Words: Hope

Merlin’s Seven Magical Words: Hope Hope requires courage. Darkness, despair, anger, destruction—the images of these things feature daily in our media. No matter where we look, we’re met with images that leave us questioning. We’re left feeling hopeless, without...
My Favorite Villain

My Favorite Villain

My Favorite Villain Much of the focus of my stories is on the path of heroes, since, as Joseph Campbell so wisely taught, every great and enduring adventure involves the journey of a hero who works toward a worthy goal. But some of the most memorable stories have...
Wrapping up my Atlantis Lost Book Tour

Wrapping up my Atlantis Lost Book Tour

Wrapping up my Atlantis Lost Book Tour As I wrote about in my last blog entry, I’ve been dashing around the country this autumn in celebration of the release of the third and final book ofThe Atlantis Saga. Last weekend, after an amazing Thanksgiving with family...
From the Atlantis Lost Book Tour

From the Atlantis Lost Book Tour

From the Atlantis Lost Book Tour I’m more than halfway through the book tour for Atlantis Lost – and what an adventure it has been! I’ve been to 6 cities in 5 states and have been thrilled to meet so many of you and sign your books. And I’ve...
Atlantis Lost Book Tour!

Atlantis Lost Book Tour!

Atlantis Lost Book Tour! I’m very happy to share that the third book in The Atlantis Saga, Atlantis Lost, is coming to bookstores everywhere on November 8th. In honor of this final installment in the tale of the mysterious, magical island, I’ll be visiting...
Inspiring Change Makers

Inspiring Change Makers

Inspiring Change Makers Seasons are a revolving gift—continually different from what has gone before and what will come after. They are the ultimate change makers, with varied weather, foods, holidays, flora, fauna, and activities for us all. Plus a special seasonal...
Celebrate Reading!

Celebrate Reading!

Celebrate Reading! The magic of books is that they allow you to travel wherever you like in your imagination. You don’t even need a ticket… or a toothbrush! The very best stories spark the imagination, empower us, provide comfort, and help us understand...
The Enchantment of Nature

The Enchantment of Nature

The Enchantment of Nature This entry was contributed by Zanne Tarlow as part of my “Into Nature” guest blog series celebrating the reissue of my book, The Ancient One. I’ve been fascinated by animals for as long as I can remember. For a few years, I desperately...
Forest Magic

Forest Magic

Forest Magic This image and caption was contributed by Michelle Richardson as part of my “Into Nature” guest blog series celebrating the reissue of my book, The Ancient One. Looking for Something? Search for: CategoriesCategories Select Category Adventures of...
A Blessing of Butterflies

A Blessing of Butterflies

A Blessing of Butterflies This image and caption was contributed by Lysia Gilmore as part of my “Into Nature” guest blog series celebrating the reissue of my book, The Ancient One. “I was driving from Rockport TX on the gulf coast to Abilene TX in West Texas in...
Lake Sunrise

Lake Sunrise

Lake Sunrise This image and caption was contributed by Therese Calegari as part of my “Into Nature” guest blog series celebrating the reissue of my book, The Ancient One. Looking for Something? Search for: CategoriesCategories Select Category Adventures of...
Lift Your Gaze to the Skies

Lift Your Gaze to the Skies

Lift Your Gaze to the Skies This entry was contributed by Ren Breaux as part of my “Into Nature” guest blog series celebrating the reissue of my book, The Ancient One. Lift your gaze to the skiesStarlight floods across vast unknownCradled within tranquil shadowsA...
The Healing Power of Nature

The Healing Power of Nature

The Healing Power of Nature This entry was contributed by Terra Mcbroom as part of my “Into Nature” guest blog series celebrating the reissue of my book, The Ancient One. PTSD is one of the hardest things I have ever had to manage. I am not a soldier of war, but I am...
An Uplifted Spirit

An Uplifted Spirit

An Uplifted Spirit This image and caption was contributed by Pam Spicer as part of my “Into Nature” guest blog series celebrating the reissue of my book, The Ancient One. Looking for Something? Search for: CategoriesCategories Select Category Adventures of...
Calm after the Storm

Calm after the Storm

Calm after the Storm This entry was contributed by Jasmine Hinton as part of my “Into Nature” guest blog series celebrating the reissue of my book, The Ancient One. The Ancient One, which I read in the fifth grade, was the first long chapter book I ever read. It was...
Seeing the Impossible

Seeing the Impossible

Seeing the Impossible This image and caption was contributed by Paula Hardeman as part of my “Into Nature” guest blog series celebrating the reissue of my book, The Ancient One. Looking for Something? Search for: CategoriesCategories Select Category Adventures of...
The Flexibility of Trees

The Flexibility of Trees

The Flexibility of Trees This blog entry was contributed by Joel Hoff as part of my “Into Nature” guest blog series celebrating the reissue of my book, The Ancient One. From a very early age I’ve held a fascination for nature. I was blessed with a family who...
Simple Beauty

Simple Beauty

Simple Beauty This image and caption was contributed by Helena Reznikoff as part of my “Into Nature” guest blog series celebrating the reissue of my book, The Ancient One. Nature inspires me with its vast complexities and artistry. Something as simple as tree bark is...
Whispers of the Earth

Whispers of the Earth

Whispers of the Earth This blog entry was contributed by Susan Hawthorne as part of my “Into Nature” guest blog series celebrating the reissue of my book, The Ancient One. The whisper of the surf caressing the shore calls to me in an ancient tongue, The grandeur of...