Visiting Author for Schools: Todd Fahnestock

Todd Fahnestock

Flexible dates. (Please indicate your DATE and TIME OF DAY preference.)

Todd Fahnestock was born in California and attended The Colorado College in 1993. In 1997, he began writing with Giles Carwyn, published short stories and won the New York Books for the Teen Age award for True Love (Or the Many Brides of Prince Charming). In 2006, Todd and Giles wrote Heir of Autumn followed by Mistress of Winter and Queen of Oblivion. The writing team finished the Heartstone Trilogy in 2008 and Todd moved on to solo projects, publishing Fairmist in 2015, an epic fantasy story about the lies people believe to make themselves feel safe, and what happens when one man chooses to break free. It is the first novel in The Whisper Prince Trilogy. Todd's greatest accomplishments are his children, his marriage and his novels. He is passionate about family, friends, stories, adventure, Colorado, and his goal is to inspire people with his mother’s optimism. He writes to enchant and delight and to capture those moments where, just for a second, he feels like a hero. Stories are his passion, but Todd's greatest accomplishment is his quirky, fun-loving family. The Wishing World began as a series of bedtime stories for his childre​n. 

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ABOUT The Wishing World
In The Wishing World, dreams are real. You can transform into your own hero, find wild and whimsical friends, and wield power as great as your imagination. But Lorelei doesn't know about any of that. All she knows is that a monster took her family. It happened during a camping trip one year ago. Hiding inside the tent, she saw shadows, tentacles and a strange creature. By the time she got up the courage to crawl outside, the monster--and Lorelei's mom, dad, and brother—were gone. Lorelei is determined to find her family. When she accidentally breaks into the Wishing World, she discovers a way. It's a land more wonderful than she could have imagined, a land of talking griffons, water princesses, and cities made of sand, where Lorelei is a Doolivanti—a wish-maker--who can write her dreams into existence. There's only one problem: the monster is a Doolivanti, too. What he wishes also comes true, and he's determined to shove Lorelei out, keep her family, and make the whole Wishing World his. To save them, Lorelei must find the courage to face him, or her next wish may be her last. With  a strong female protagonist, and its emphasis on the power of imagination and art, The Wishing World encourages creativity, bravery and self-confidence. Full of imagination, adventure, and whimsy, Colorado resident and Denver Post Bestseller Todd Fahnestock’s The Wishing World will win over even the most reluctant reader—and Fahnestock would love to spread the The Wishing World’s message—to encourage kids to use their imaginations and "be their own hero.”   

ABOUT The Wishing World II: The Loremaster
The life of a 6th grader is pretty standard. Go to class. Do your homework. Watch a Starfield patch spread like fungus across the soccer field and a Tasting Tulip grow in the girl’s bathroom… Okay, so it’s a bit different for Lorelei, the twelve-year-old Doolivanti who can rewrite reality with a swish of her pen. A year ago, she accidentally ripped her way into the Wishing World, a place where children become their own heroes, and now magic is leaking through to Earth. The adults see these strange things, but the moment they look away, they forget, because only children can remember the Wishing World. Lorelei knows that the leak is her fault, so with her brother Theron, she tears her way back into the Wishing World, only to find that the Ink King has created an army of Doolivantis bent on destroying her. Together with Squeak the mouse and a multiple-personality Fire Princess, Lorelei must travel the length of the Wishing World to find the key that will stop the Ink King and restore balance to the land. But it will take more than clever quips and Lorelei’s powerful pen. To have a chance of beating him, she must delve deeply inside herself, discover why her Doolivanti power rips the sky, and finally understand why the Wishing World demands she become the Loremaster.

The Doolivanti Diary Demesne Contest is an interactive way to get students excited about reading by involving them in the release of a novel. A Doolivanti is a child who travels to the Wishing World and transforms into their ideal hero with wondrous powers. This fall, the first 50 classes to sign up for the Doolivanti Diary Demesne Contest will receive a free copy of The Wishing World II: Loremaster six weeks before its official release on November 28 (additional copies available for purchase). There will be common core aligned reading activities relating to the story and the Doolivanti Diary Demesne Contest itself, which will focus on students imagining their Doolivanti Demesne, the domain in which a Doolivanti lives. ENTER HERE!

Todd does a talk about his journey as an author from that first novel, starting as a 14-year-old from a broken home, dodging poverty and using the timely escape of fantasy books to cultivate a positive attitude, to this final stage of a nationwide release of The Wishing World. and the follow-up sequel The Wishing World II: The Loremaster.  He will tie his history into the theme that kids can be anything they want to be. It takes a dream, hard work, and persistence. The Wishing World is all about dreams coming to life, so it’s a perfect fit. The presentation could be as short as 30 minutes and as long as an hour.

Elementary or middle school; grades 4-6 are ideal, grades 7 & 8 would be good, too.

Computer with PowerPoint, projector, screen and microphone. And a bottle of water.

The more the better!

PHOTOS from previous school visits!

Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees. 

Link to share with students and their families to order Todd's book: Please make sure anyone ordering online includes the name of your school in the Notes section of the order and if they'd like to pick up the book from you at the school. Please DO NOT give a book to someone who says they ordered online unless they have the printed confirmation. PLEASE KEEP THIS! You'll need to include these confirmations when returning the leftover books so you won't be charged for them! If they do ask you for a book without a confirmation, just email us the name of the student and parent's name and we can check. DEADLINE: Online orders with SCHOOL PICK UP will only be available for one week after the school visit. Orders placed after that time will need to be picked up at one of our locations, or shipped.


The Wishing World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765385895
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Starscape - October 31st, 2017

Loremaster Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941528174
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Parker Hayden Media - October 31st, 2017