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C.R. Fladmark was born in the Pacific Northwest in a place called North Vancouver, BC (that's a part of Canada). From an early age, among other more active and sometimes destructive pursuits, he loved to read books. Along with many other genres, he read a lot of comic books, including Asterix, Calvin  and Hobbes, and Bloom County and far too many Louis L'Amour Western  novels. The former helped establish a love for graphic novels and the latter created a love of desert places and an introduction to the  Anasazi (the Old Ones), a people who seemed to disappear in an  instant. His travels to Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Utah only intensified his interest in the mysteries of the desert. And somehow, as  a teenager, he was very interested in all things Japanese (ninja, swords, ninja, old temples and shrines, ninja), although he had little exposure to the culture. 

More than a decade later, he met a beautiful Japanese woman on a blind date. His subsequent travels to Japan (with her) introduced him to the myths and history of Japan that go back thousands of years, to the time when the gods ruled Japan. He now travels often to Japan, where he researches his novels among the ancient sites in Shimane Prefecture.

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