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About the Author

Frederick W. Faller has been working on the Portals of Tessalindria series of books since 1998. To date there are three published books and a fourth on the way.


Frederick W. Faller (F. W. Faller) was born in 1955 on Cape Cod, the second son of Alan and Ruth Faller. A painfully slow reader, Frederick filled his life with doing and building, creating and dreaming. It was not until after he graduated from MIT that he took a real interest in literature and became fascinated with the power of fiction to portray the depth and complexity of life.

Through the years he had written a number of non-fiction articles on spiritual thinking that were published in motivational journals and books, but after several attempts to start writing fictional works, life’s busy-ness and the demands of family and job forced him to set aside his idea for a novel. In 1999, in the summer visit to Monhegan Island, Maine with his family, the flame was rekindled and he began writing a short story that was destined to become A Sword for the Immerland King, the first book in the Portals of Tessalindria series. About a quarter of the book was written during the last two weeks of August that year, typing at the beach and on the backside of the island on an old portable typewriter. The story evolved to include images that he had been forming for more than twenty years about the small planet of Tessalindria with its rich and colorful history. A Sword for the Immerland King was the introductory tale he chose to begin revealing this tiny remote world.

The book was published in May of 2002 with a review in the Library Journal that compared the writing to that of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien and the book retains a five star review rating on In 2003, it was one of three finalists in the Christy Awards, a national award for quality fiction. The second book in the series, Lonama’s Map was published in May 2004. A third book is already written and a fourth is in the works. The books are written in a genre that Faller calls visionary fiction, fiction that creates a vision and deep thinking about life and its meaning.

Frederick works full time as a mechanical engineer in the Boston area with his wife Ellen and their three children, Rachel, Jesse and Samuel. He squeezes in his writing between multitudinous commitments to work, the church and his family.

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