About the Author
Daniel Grotta has worn just about every hat in publishing, including investigative journalist, war correspondent, syndicated columnist, editor and so forth. His thousands of articles, reviews and columns have appeared in major magazines, newspapers and online journals. He has also authored several books, including J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle Earth,
the renowned first biography of the creator of The Lord of the Rings.
Among his many accolades and awards is one that stands apart from the rest: His writings were, at one point, the most requested to be recorded as audio files by Reading for the Blind in Philadelphia, because of the visual clarity and beauty of his prose. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Overseas Press Club, The Authors Guild and American Society of Journalists & Authors, Daniel Grotta is a frequent speaker at conferences and other events on writing, literary criticism and the publishing industry. He also welcomes invitations to participate in discussions with book clubs, in classrooms and with other book-interested groups (occasionally in person, more often via Skype, Google Hangout or phone), and to do occasional readings.