Meet Darkwoods' Author Marta Stahlfeld at the Lakewood Barnes & Noble on Saturday, February 11, 2012

Teen author Marta Stahlfeld will be signing copies of her new middle-school/young adult fantasy novel, "Darkwoods," at the Lakewood Barnes & Noble on Saturday, February 11, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Feb. 1, 2012 - PRLog -- Marta Stahlfeld, author of "Darkwoods," will be signing books at the Lakewood Barnes & Noble on Saturday,February 11, 2012, beginning at 2:00 p.m. "Darkwoods" is the first book in a new epic fantasy series for middle-school/young adult readers.

The Lakewood Barnes & Noble is located at the Lakewood Mall, 5711 Main Street SW, Lakewood, WA 98499.  Directions can be found at:

Stahlfeld, who is 18 years old, began writing "Darkwoods" when she was twelve and has already finished writing the follow-up novel, "Pasadagavra."  She plans a total of six books in the series, written primarily for middle-school readers.

Like the popular "Redwall" and "Warrior" series, all the characters in "Darkwoods" are animals.   "Darkwoods" begins with the death of the foxes' ruling oracle, Scythe, freeing the foxes to leave their home in Darkwoods determined to conquer the world.  Standing in their way is Princess Zuryzel of the Wraith Mice, with the ability to fade undetected into the shadows, and her allies among the Squirrel Tribes, Ranger Mice, and River Otters.  As with any good epic tale, "Darkwoods" includes battles, romance, and treachery, as well as the individual heroism necessary to defeat evil.    

"I have always loved fantastic stories," says Stahlfeld.  "Reading for me is a way to travel to different worlds and different times, and to have adventures I could never have on my own.  Once I start a good book, it's hard to put it down and I can't wait for the next in the series to come out.  If my stories can hook another kid on reading like I got hooked, that would be great!"

Stahlfeld crafted her tale without resort to graphic details or langauge inappropriate for her intended audience.  "The books I enjoyed the most when I was in middle-school and now do not include a lot of gory details of battles, and they do not have a lot of swearing or bad language.  Those things aren't necessary to tell a great story."

Interested readers can sample the first five chapters of "Darkwoods" at

Stahlfeld began her senior year in high school last fall, and plans on majoring in English Literature or History when she starts college next August.  She is a voracious reader and has long been fascinated with WWII history.  In fact, the Ranger Mice characters of "Darkwoods" were inspired by the U.S. Army Rangers who scaled Pointe du Hoc on D-Day, which she visited on the 4th of July.  It was shortly after that when she began writing "Darkwoods."

Stahlfeld plans to be a novelist for her career, but is also interested in teaching.  "Sharing with teens and middle-grade kids, whether through a good book or in a classroom, is something I look forward to doing."

"I want to really encourage kids to read.  Reading opens up the world, and lets you use your imagination.  If you don't like fantasy novels like mine, that's fine, there are lots of other books for teens.  Just pick one up and start reading!"

Stahlfeld can be contacted at DarkwoodsBooks at or on Facebook at the DarkwoodsBooks fan page (  You can also follow her on her on Twitter (@DarkwoodsBooks).

Book details:

Perfect Bound • $16.95 cover price
275 pages • 6 x 9
ISBN10 1-935359-77-0
ISBN13 978-1-935359-77-7

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Darkwoods, Inc. publishes and distributes books for teen and preteen readers, with its first book being DARKWOODS by Marta Stahlfeld
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