About Rod Van Blake

Rod Van Blake was born in Rochester, NY, and spent most of his childhood in Chicago after living in Philadelphia, and Arlington, VA. After playing a few years of college basketball at a small university in Minnesota he enlisted in the Marine Corps. Several years later, after being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, he went on to finish his degree earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing.

The first Ancient Illumination novel was published in 2016, Ancient Illumination II: Kuongoza Mwanga followed in 2018, and now living in Baltimore MD, he has finished Ancient Illumination III: Godhood. Soon the first volume of an Ancient Illumination graphic novel will be available, illustrated by Jordan Purnell Jackson as this universe continues to expand. Outlining has begun for the Blood, Stone, Steel and Fire. Writing for the fantasy series should begin late 2020 after all three audio book versions of the Ancient Illumination novels have been recorded.


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