I currently reside in Seattle, Washington, with most of my family living in Texas. I was born in 1959 to a military family. We moved a lot in the early years so I began to read, preferring that to watching TV. I read anything and everything: westerns, sci-fi, mystery, action/adventure, and fantasy. I joined the Navy as a senior in high school and I played D&D for several years. I created my own world, made my own dungeons, and designed campaigns. My books, and those to follow, are based on characters I created while playing those many years ago.
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Below you will find a list of all of Vance Pumphrey’s books. We’ve provided links to their Amazon pages but they can also be found at other retailers, such as Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. All of his books are set in the world of Valdaar’s Fist, including his new series, Defense of the Land.
Defense of the Land series
Book 1: Live & Learn
Get to know me:
I currently reside in Seattle, Washington, with most of my family living in Texas. I was born in 1959 to a military family. We moved a lot in the early years so I began to read, preferring that to watching TV (at least until Charlie’s Angels and Dukes of Hazard!). I read anything and everything: westerns, sci-fi, mystery, action/adventure, and fantasy.
I joined the Navy while still a senior in high school. That’s where I started playing Dungeons & Dragons and got into fantasy. It’s also the first time I read Lord of the Rings, Anne McCaffery, and my favorite: Stephen R. Donaldson. I played D&D for many years. Well, actually, I was pushed into the role of Dungeon Master after only a few months, and seldom looked back. I created my own world, made my own dungeons, and designed my own campaigns. This book, and those to follow, are based on characters I created while playing all those years ago.
I married my high school sweetheart after a few years in the Navy. We had a son a couple of years later, and then another three and a half years after that. I was still doing the submarine thing. My boys started playing baseball, and I started coaching. I spent the next eighteen years doing that, sometimes coaching both at the same time.
I did the nuclear powered submarine thing—retiring early at eighteen years when the opportunity presented itself. I found long ago that I not only love to read, but I love to write. I wrote a couple of books while still in high school. A WWII novel and a sequel to Star Trek (original series). I started Dragma’s Keep about twenty-five years ago while still playing (occasionally). At first I used pencil and paper and I didn’t get far. I graduated to an Apple IIe and a word processor (WordPerfect, of course) and started over. I got a little further, but again stopped due to the requirements life demanded. I didn’t pick it up again until I got laid off from a job several years ago. Again, I didn’t get far before I got hired into my current position as a Maintenance Manager for a glass manufacturing plant.
A few years ago, I got serious. I retyped all the previous work into Microsoft Word and really got going. I had been using my lunch hour to read—my escape from…whatever. I shifted that to writing. I found I could get in a couple of pages every day, spending some time on nights and weekends working on it. Finally, I was making real progress.
Up until that point, I wrote for me. More to write down a history of all those years playing D&D and my world. I didn’t want to forget. Then one day, one of the guys who work for me asked me what I was doing. I was then about 80% complete. He said he had also played D&D and loved to read. He asked if he could read it. So, I printed out what I had, gave him lots of disclaimers, and let him read it.
He loved it. I worked hard to finish that first book and he loved that, too. I ran into my first Division Officer at a Submarine reunion and he asked to read it as well. He also loved it.
By this time, I was well into the second book and I was starting to get ideas about publishing. I wrote these books for me, but if others enjoy them…maybe, just maybe…
I have lots of material in my head from my years in the game. My first series is four books long. There is a second series that runs during the same time-frame as the first and it is outlined for three books—Live & Learn is the first in that second series. Then there will be a third series that picks up where both of those series end. That series will be a doozy. From there, assuming I am still into this, I will have several background books to do.
All this in my head. It’s a bit crowded in there…