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Donald Firesmith Books In Order

Publication Order of Hell Holes Books

What Lurks Below (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Demons on the Dalton (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Magical Wands (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Books

The Method Framework for Engineering System Architectures (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Common System and Software Testing Pitfalls (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Writing for a number of years now, the American author Donald Firesmith is not only an author of paranormal and fantasy novels, but he is also an extremely prolific writer on the subject of IT and technology. A software engineer by trade, he is very much an expert within his particular field, with a clear understanding of his specialty. This has lead to him becoming a key figure in his industry, as many look to him as one of the leading personalities and spokespeople advocating his craft. Recently turning his hand to fiction based novels though, he’s also managed to branch out in his writing expertise, giving another slant to his now highly varied public profile. Taking his understanding of software and computing, he’s been able to transfer this along with his writing skills into the world of fantasy and paranormal fiction. A skilled author, he has been able to make his writing accessible and easy to follow, despite having written on extremely complex subject matter, something which his readers have appreciated, as they come from all walks of life. Knowing his audience and what they’re looking for, he is highly adept at tuning into them and their needs as readers, regardless of who they are and where they’re from.

Early and Personal Life

Growing up in America with a keen in interest in computing and software engineering, Donald Firesmith was always drawn towards writing. This was a passion of his from an early age and one that he’d keep coming back to throughout his life, and something which he’d continually combine with his love of computing. Focused on software engineering as a subject of his, he would become an articulate spokesperson on this particular subject matter.

Living with his wife Becky along with their son Dane, they currently reside in Crafton, Pennsylvania, in the United States. With a number of other interests besides writing and computing, he also takes care of a variety of animals as well. As more books are expected to follow in the near future, there’s a lot more expected to come from this particular author, as his writing career grows from strength-to-strength.

Writing Career

Bringing out his first book in 1994, Donald Firesmith made his debut onto the academic literary market. Publishing ‘Object – Oriented Development, Methods, Standards and Procedures’, he was well on his way to making a name for himself. Focusing on software engineering for over a decade, he would later go on to publish his first fantasy novel in 2015 with the book ‘What Lurks Below’.

Going under the pen-name of Wolfrick Ignatius as well, he has also published the book ‘Magical Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore’. Written in a similar vein to that of Harry Potter, this was a passion project for the author, one which many readers have also come to appreciate over the years too. Not showing any signs of stopping any time soon either, he looks set to continue writing on into the foreseeable future.

Demons on the Dalton

Initially brought out in 2016 on the 6th of May, this was set to be the second title in the ongoing ‘Hell Holes’ series of novels. Following on directly from the original book, titled ‘What Lurks Below’, this was the follow-up, providing another adventure set within the same universe. Released through the ‘Smashwords Edition’ publishing label, as opposed to the ‘CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform’ that the original was brought out through, this provides another exciting adventure for the intrepid geologist Jack Oswald. Giving readers more of what they’ve now come to expect from the series, it also manages to provide some twists and turns of its own, keeping its audience engaged throughout, right until the very end.

There are hundreds and hundreds of holes cropping up over the frozen tundra, situated north of the Arctic Circle, and nobody is exactly sure why they are there, especially the geologist Jack Oswald who can’t quite understand how they came to be. Looking to get a better understanding on them he brings in the expert climatologist and his wife Angele Menendez to see if it is in fact climate-change causing this particular phenomena. It soon turns out that they could be something else, as it soon transpires that they are in fact unnatural, as they’re not just holes, but portals into another dimension, as a horde of demons are set to descend into this world. Teaming up with a 1,400 year old sorceress and demon-hunter called Aileen O’Shannon, they find that they might have their work cut out for them if they ever hope to close the gateways to the underworld. Now being the only three survivors of the original research team, they now have to flee down the Dalton Highway with the demons in fast pursuit behind them, as they head towards the sanctuary of the Fairbanks, in what is now essentially a race for their lives over 350 miles of open highway. Will they ever manage to get to safety? Can they ever hope to close these demonic portals? Who will win the race with the demons on the Dalton?

Various Non-Fiction Work

Whilst Donald Firesmith may now be writing fiction work, specifically fantasy and paranormal novels, he has a past writing software engineering books. Many of these are geared towards teaching those hoping to find out more on subject, or looking to break into the technology industry themselves at some point or another. Providing instructional textbooks on programming languages, they provide a great insight for those looking to understand how they can become better at their craft. These include such works as ‘The Method Framework for Engineering System Architectures’ written in 2008, and the ‘Dictionary of Object Technology’ written in 1995. Starting out in 1994 with ‘Object – Oriented Development, Methods, Standards and Procedures’, these were academic in nature and designed more to instruct the reader.

Despite these being textbooks designed more for students, they were easily accessible and available to everyone. Taking vastly complex topics he was able to simplify them for even the most casual of readers, a practice and skill he was able to transfer over to writing fiction. Giving his material a sense of immediacy, he has been able to engage the reader on the most basic of levels, keeping them hooked throughout. This is something that’s expected to continue for some time yet, as he plans to carry on writing and creating his unique brand of fiction for some time to come.

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