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I've been asked by the fairies and goblins to tell you this story.

Background Information

I've always been a fan of such creatures as fairies, goblins, trolls, pixies, ogres, nymphs, and even some humans (such as Vikings).  So you can imagine my excitement when one day I was visited by fairies and asked to tell their story to the world.  That is exactly what I've done.  'Eleganta' is directly from their mouths.  It is a story that needs to be told, though it doesn't come without a price.  There are those who oppose the telling of such stories, and they'll do very bad things to stop me.  Let us just hope I can get the fairies' tale out before the 'dark ones' can intervene.  The world just simply must know where fairies and goblins came from, and how they became a part of the world of man.

My writing is influenced by many great authors who have come before me.  I very much enjoy J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, Edgar Allen Poe, and Mary Shelley to name a few.  Of course there are many other people and cultural wonders that have affected me.  Some are Jim Henson, Tim Burton, David Bowie, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.

I am currently a mad scientist at the University of Kansas.

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Birth Place
Houston, TX USA

This is the story of Fairykind, as told to the author from the fairies' own mouths.

Enter the 9th century, a time of magic and mystery. On a hidden isle in the seas near England, a young fairy named Ethywyne Eleganta secretly gives birth to the first youngling in fourteen years. She and her child become the hunted prize of the wicked troll general Sunderin. Ethywyne must make the perilous journey across the Fairy Realms, to get her child to the Fairy Queen, the only one who can protect her from the shadow that seeks to destroy all of Fairykind.

Her experience takes her from a humble life of gardening and craft-making to the center of an adventure that grows to involve fickle goblins, giant ogres, magic fairy dust, thieving pixies, an enchanted hedge maze, and even Vikings of the Norse lands who happen upon the isle in their plundering voyages.

This book is intended for a young adult audience, aged 12 and up. With themes such as the eternal fight of the light against the dark, the power of a mother’s connection to her child, the importance of friendship and helping those in need, the growth of courage through tribulation, and the wonders and dangers of love, Eleganta reaches a wide range of readers. Anyone who treasures fantasy and imagination will wildly enjoy this novel.

ISBN 978-0-9801278-1-2

Reader reviews for Eleganta: A novel of Fairykind


5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful find, March 15, 2009
By Amanda Fitch - See all my reviews

“I loved this book. It is too bad that it has not had any exposure. I read twilight before this book and that one was not nearly as good.”

Personal emails to the author:

Sent: Fri 2/20/09 4:14 PM To:
"Hello Mr. Swartzlander,
I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed Eleganta. It was so much better than the Lord of the Rings trilogy, mostly because hobbits are fictional and fairies are not. It was much more exciting reading and I immersed myself into it completely. Your descriptions of nature the fairies soaked up felt like I was there with them. But, I have to know what happened to Ethywyne. What became of Preen? Please tell me you're writing the sequel. I can't stand the suspense.
Thanks so much, Jason G."

Sent: Sun 5/03/09 12:10 AM To: Denny Swartzlander (
"I absolutely loved it! The characters and details are enchanting. My 14 year old is reading it now. I caught him up at 2am last night reading. It's really hard to discipline a teenager -- especially a BOY -- for staying up late to read. lol. He has already asked me if there is a 2nd book. I let him know you are already working on one. He says his favorite part so far is the imagery is excellent. We are definitely looking forward to your next novel!
good luck and thank you for such an excellent book!
Jenn V."


Reads well out loud!

24 Dec 2008 (updated 24 Dec 2008)
by Eugene Ross
"My wife read me this book on our long commute to work over a couple of weeks, and I loved it! I was in suspense often as the heroes faced strange and marvelous challenges. The writing was well done as the story really came to life as it was being read out loud. It's really not a child's story as I thought it might be. It will be enjoyed by readers of all ages. I will definitely buy the sequel!!!



24 Dec 2008 (updated 24 Dec 2008)

"I absolutely love the book! It is very well written and has all the elements of a good novel: mystery, danger, humor, romance, tragedy and victory. The creative ways the writer describes the lovable fairies, their unique dwellings and the magical use of the fairy dust on the perilous journey to the Queen's castle is quite imaginative. The value of friendship and trust is shown throughout the novel. I have shared this book with friends and family of different ages and they all love it. Can't wait for the sequel!!


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For the article: ‘Maggots at my Doorstep’:


"It takes plenty for me to read an 8 page article but you got me to do it! Your descriptions, so vivid, and trying to imagine being in that situation had me hooked, unable to move till I read the final words. Those must have been SUPER maggots, used to toxins or something."
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Posted on 12/26/2008 at 1:12:45 PM


"Interesting and funny story! I could imagine the whole scene and feel your frustration at those nasty invaders. Very descriptive and well written."
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Posted on 11/30/2008 at 4:11:49 PM

Teresa Mahieu

"OMG, What a great story you have told here. I couldn't stop reading this. It must have been so horrible and yet the story told is wonderful. Welcome to AC. I do hope you'll be staying a good long while."
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Posted on 11/18/2008 at 1:11:25 PM

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