Russell Meek is a commercial advertising photographer based in Auckland, New Zealand. His transition from photography to writing the Khalada Stone series was inspired by travels through the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean and Central America in the late nineties. From a detailed series of notes and journals, each city and travelling companion has been transformed to create a spellbinding new world, rich with intriguing characters which, he hopes, you will enjoy for many years to come.
The Khalada Stone series has been planned as four epic fantasy novels, the first of which was completed early in 2011. Writing began while on assignment in Uruguay in January 2008, even though it is a tale that has been brewing for over a decade. The Madness of Hallen is a delightfully visual book, influenced by Russell's photographic eye, and is definately a series that will be pushed toward the big screen.
Inspired by authors such as James Clavell and Iain M. Banks, whose tales are rich with conversation and scope, and mixed with vision that wholly transports the reader into another world, Russell Meek's desire is to create connections between you and his characters' lives that you will feel are as real those in the world around you.
All of his experiences have been poured into this series, times that include wrestling with armed soldiers on the Syrian side of the Gaza strip, tunnelling deep through underground caves in eastern Turkey, watching the blood-moon rise over the Red Sea from Mt Sinai, breathing the dusty sands of the Sahara, the desperate chill of the Finnish winter, the collosal waves of the mid Atlantic ocean, and the life and despair of Rio's gigantic favales, all held together by the love and loss of friends and one lover stretched across five continents.
The Khalada Stone is a fantasy tale that will capture your imagination, as it has done for thousands of fans so far.