Looking for news about Galen Beckett and the Mrs. Quent novels? Hoping to learn what Mark Anthony has been up to since penning The Last Rune Series? Puzzled by this odd new web site you’ve stumbled upon? Don’t worry–you’re not lost (well, at least not yet). This is indeed the new home for both authors.
Why one site for two writers, you ask? Well, I think it’s time for a few introductions. In case you weren’t privy to the fact, Galen Beckett is an alter ego of fantasy author Mark Anthony. After handing in the first Mrs. Quent book, my publisher felt it was different enough from The Last Rune novels to warrant a new identity. And while it’s true the setting and tone are distinct, in retrospect it’s interesting how similar the two series really are.
For one thing, witches figure very importantly in both. In The Last Rune series, Dr. Grace Beckett learns to shape the natural energy that flows between all living things—a force called the Weirding. Similarly, in the Mrs. Quent novels, Ivy Quent learns to direct the power of the trees in the ancient, semi-sentient groves of Wyrdwood. “Weird” is simply the modern equivalent of the Old English term “wyrd”, which loosely means fate or destiny—or the ability to shape these things.
Given the common origin of the Weirding and the Wyrdwood, and the fact that both series are now complete, it seemed like a good time to gather all of my books into one place. If you’ve read the Mrs. Quent novels, you may be interested in journeying to Eldh through the books of The Last Rune. Or the opposite may be true. If so, use these pages to explore each series. And no matter which world you journey to, I hope you enjoy getting lost in the Wrydwood….