Dan Trumpis

Dan Trumpis was born in Los Angeles and spent most of his life in California. He has always loved telling stories, for as long as he can remember, and has practiced writing in a variety of mediums – prose, comic books, stage, and screen. Since becoming an elementary school teacher, he settled into writing books for kids after being exposed to a broad range of classic and contemporary children’s literature. Currently, he resides in Sun Lakes, Arizona and teaches fifth grade language arts at C.O. Greenfield in Phoenix, where he hopes to inspire within his students a love for writing and literature. ************************* Interview: Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I write middle grade fiction – although many teens and adults have read and enjoyed my books. My stories are about magic and monsters, two subjects I have been interested in for as long as I can remember. It wasn’t my original intention to write middle grade fiction. I originally set out writing for adults, but when I became a teacher, I began reading more middle grade fiction and decided to write for that age group. I had a lot of fun doing it – and even landed an agent for a while – and haven’t looked back since. When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Gosh, almost fifteen years ago, I made the switch from screenwriting to prose – which, let’s face it, was my first love. I went to workshops and attended writing groups to hone my craft. Those were some rough years as I was also learning to manage clinical depression. It wasn’t until 2009 I felt ready to begin submitting manuscripts to agents. What was your inspiration, spark or...

Welcome To Harmony by Dan Trumpis

Being twelve years old is already hard enough. Being a werewolf makes it even harder. Dillon Howell and his parents have just moved to Harmony, a small town in Northern California. Like all kids, he just wants to fit in and make friends, while keeping his “condition” a secret, of course. But Dillon quickly finds out he’s not the only person in town who isn’t what he appears to be. Welcome to Harmony, Dillon Howell. Your life is about to change forever. ************************* Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Welcome To Harmony – by Dan Trumpis The township of Harmony in Northern California could be like any small town in America, but it isn’t. Like in most small towns secrets are desperately tried to be kept and the Harmony forest is the keeper of many secrets. For Dillon Howell moving to Harmony with his parents gives him a new chance to fit in and make new friends. If just being a teenager isn’t enough of a challenge for Dillion, being a Werewolf presents its own set of challenges. As Dillion and his family settle into the normal day-to-day life at home and at school the supernatural forces in the dark forest beckon to him and he finds that he is not the only one in this town with a secret. Come with Dillon to Harmony and see what life has in store. Cold Coffee Press endorses ‘Welcome To Harmony’ by Dan Trumpis. The author skillfully writes this epic middle grade fantasy (PG) in a way that encourages teens to read. Life in Harmony might mirror their life in some routine ways and then again it might just be a little darker, more intense, and hairier than normal. Cold Coffee Press reviewed on November 6,...

Gwen Gladstone: A Tale From The Town Of Harmony by Dan Trumpis

Since her mother’s death, thirteen-year-old Gwen Gladstone’s life has spiraled downwards. She’s gone from popular girl to outcast and has been riddled with anxiety and depression. Her life takes a turn when her father suddenly marries a woman named Victoria Weatherly, and the three move to her home in Harmony, a small town in Northern California. Gwen quickly discovers that Victoria is no normal stepmother and the town of Harmony itself is just as mysterious and full of secrets as she is. But if Gwen can hold on, she’ll learn that Harmony is a place where she can grow stronger and discover abilities she never knew she had. ************************* Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Gwen Gladstone A Tale From The Town Of Harmony – by Dan Trumpis When a teenager loses their mother to death their whole world spirals out of control. Gwen is thirteen and her anxiety and depression has left her in a downward spiral. Can Gwen accept a new mother when without warning her dad marries a woman named Victoria Weatherly? Can she pick up and move to a new town to live under Victoria’s roof and leave the house where her mother’s spirit lives? What can the small town of Harmony in Northern California offer such a fragile young lady? Come to Harmony and see what supernatural (paranormal) experiences wait in store for Gwen? What secrets unfold that go back to the Inquisition? Will Gwen find strength and abilities that she never knew she had? Cold Coffee Press endorses ‘Gwen Gladstone: A Tale From The Town Of Harmony’ by Dan Trumpis. The author skillfully writes this epic middle grade fantasy (PG) in a way that encourages teens to read. Life in Harmony holds mysteries, new experiences and some darker...