Todd Fahnestock

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Todd was born in Culver City, California, the second son of a sign painter

and a New Age mom. His father is an amazingly talented artist with a Herculean work ethic, and his mother is magic. She taught him that his perspective changes the world, which is why he writes stories about heroes and hope.


A true Gen Xer, Todd navigated his parents’ divorce when he was fourteen, leaping into a series of adventures that shaped his life. He utilized his mother’s unreasonable optimism to avert his gaze from his own poverty and grab life with both hands. Jumping from job to job, Todd hitchhiked across the country and visited most of the 50 states. He has traveled to Mexico, Europe, the Caribbean, and Indonesia. He has been a Price Club cashier in Long Beach, a video arcade attendant in Durango, and an investment banking Powerpoint operator in New York City. He has waited tables in Colorado Springs, hung safety cables for crack-inspection teams inside oil tankers in Portland, and helped raise millions of dollars for diabetes nonprofits in Denver.


Todd followed his heart across different landscapes, sketching new people and new places with pencil and pad, all the while writing fantasy stories. While attending The Colorado College in 1993, Todd published his first two short stories in TSR's Dragonlance anthologies. In 1997, he began writing with Giles Carwyn, published another couple of 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 under HarperCollins’ Eos imprint and followed with 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.

His latest novel, THE WISHING WORLD, is about an eleven-year-old girl who loses her family during a stormy camping trip, and the miraculous world she breaks into to get them back. 


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.

Todd Fahnestock is the co-author of the bestselling novels

Fairmist, Heir of Autumn, and Mistress of Winter.