ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Miguel Lopez de Leon lives in Los Angeles. He writes young-adult, middle-grade, and dark fantasy novels. His debut novel Galadria: Peter Huddleston & The Rites of Passage was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the "Best Books of 2014."
Miguel's novel Blue Cloak Warrior won First Place in five e-book categories at the 2020 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Fiction Novel, LGBT, Young Adult Fiction, and General. Blue Cloak Warrior was also a Finalist at the 2020 IAN Book of the Year Awards (Fantasy Category), and was a 2020 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree.
It Took Billy won Second Place at the 2018-2019 Reader Views Literary Awards (Horror Category), and was a Finalist at the 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Awards (Commercial Fiction Category).
Babble Magic won First Runner-Up at the 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Awards (Science Fiction & Fantasy Category). Babble Magic was also a Grand Prize Finalist (Short List) at the 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Awards, and won an Honorable Mention at the 2018-2019 Reader Views Literary Awards (Teen Category).
The Light Dweller was awarded a Silver Medal at the 2017-2018 Nautilus Book Awards (Middle Grade Fiction Category). The Light Dweller also won Second Place at the 2017-2018 Reader Views Literary Awards (Fantasy Category), and was a Finalist at the 2018 National Indie Excellence Awards (Fantasy Category).
The Covens of Elmeeria was awarded a Silver Medal at the 2017-2018 Nautilus Book Awards (Middle Grade Fiction Category). The Covens of Elmeeria also won Second Place at the 2017-2018 Reader Views Literary Awards (Young Adult Fiction Category).
In addition to writing, Miguel also attends and participates in a number of literary events and conventions, and even had his own book booths at the 2019 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and the 2019 L.A. Comic Con. He also had his own virtual booths at the 2020 Miami Book Fair Online, and the 2021 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Virtual Meeting & Exhibits.
Before becoming a novelist, Miguel started out as a short-story writer. Over 30 of his short stories were chosen for publication, and appeared in various magazines and collections.
One of Miguel's short stories, A Working Professional, won
First Place in Writer's Digest Magazine's "Your Story #24" writing contest, and beat out over 550 other international submissions.