Austin Gunderson is the author of the “Seed of Glory Sown in Sorrow” tetralogy, the first installment of which—A Sea Sought in Song—is pending publication.
It was a math curriculum that sparked Austin’s love for storytelling. He was in fourth grade and was supposed to be studying long division, but the mining colony of gnomes whose procurement and distribution of jewels formed the backdrop to the day’s lesson had seized his imagination. Who were these people, what drove them to delve as they did, and which threats confronted their quaint kingdom?
It would be years before Austin began constructing his own fantasy world. He grew up in western Washington State where the shining summers were for playing mock-war in the woods and the somber winters were for reading. At the age of twelve he devoured The Lord of the Rings. As soon as he turned the last page he began it again, in awe of a secondary world so vast and deep it overspilled his memory. And then he began dreaming his own dream.
After high school and a stint in a disaster-relief organization, Austin graduated from Central Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in video production and a minor in creative writing. It was at a college swing dance that he met Kay, his future wife. They dated long-distance while he freelanced, and then married in 2013 after he landed a job at a local production studio. In 2017 they welcomed their first child, a daughter.
Now Austin is privileged to make his living from what he loves. By day he edits video at a Seattle-area creative agency and serves as the reviews editor for Lorehaven magazine; by night he writes high fantasy. If he has anything to say about it, he’ll be telling stories for the rest of his life.