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Brian lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife, two dogs, a cat, and between 6,000 and 60,000 honey bees (depending on the time of year).
He began writing at fifteen. Encouraged toward writing by his parents, he started working on short stories and novellas in his late teens. He went on to major in English with an emphasis on creative writing at Brigham Young University. It was here he met Brandon Sanderson, who encouraged Brian's feeble attempts at plotting and characters more than he should have.
McClellan published his first book, The Promise of Blood, in 2013. The second book, The Crimson Campaign, was released in May 2014. It's a bloody business overthrowing a king—especially when the monarchy rivals the court of Louis the 16th, and the populace has been reduced to famine. THE POWDER MAGE's rich, distinctive world that mixes magic with technology will appeal to fans of Brian's encourager, Brandon Sanderson.
Field Marshal Tamas' coup against the crown sent corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brough bread to the starving masses. But it also provoked war with the Nine Nations, sparked internal attacks by royalist fanatics, and sent Tamas' greedy supposed-allies scrambling for money and power. Stretched to his limits, Tamas relies heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including his estranged son Taniel, who is also a brilliant marksman, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail.