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About the Author: David Kudler

David Kudler:

I’m not afraid of heights, but I definitely have a healthy respect for depths. So I’m as surprised as anyone that I’ve written a book series featuring a girl who loves to be as high up in the air as possible.

I am a writer, editor, and publisher living just north of the Golden Gate Bridge with my wife Maura Vaughn and our daughters. And our cats. (Currently two, since some of you have asked: black Kali and grey Shiva.)

Currently, I run my own small publishing company, Stillpoint Digital Press, which has published over a hundred titles by twenty authors in a wide variety of genres.

For over twenty years, I oversaw the publications program for Joseph Campbell Foundation. I edited three books of Campbell’s unpublished writing and lectures and helped create editions of over a hundred additional titles in print, video, audio, and ebook formats, including the third edition of the seminal Hero with a Thousand Faces.

Seasons of the Sword, Books 1 through 3: Risuko, Bright Eyes, and Kano

I’ve released Risuko and Bright Eyes, the first two books in the Seasons of the Sword, a series of teen historical adventure novels set in Japan during the Civil War era. They feature a protagonist who loves heights as much as I respect depths. I’m hard at work on Kano, the third book in the series, which comes out on April 30, 2024. The finale (can you guess the title?) should come soon after.

Maura and I have adapted a series of children’s stories from around the world set during the winter holidays called Winter Tales.

I’m a passionate reader of mysteries, fantasy, and whatever else I can get my hands on. I am a story addict.

And I do have a healthy respect for depths.

And that’s me, at the moment. 😉

— David Kudler

Keep up with me & Risuko:

Books I’ve written or edited:
Seasons of the Sword
Risuko - bookfly cover v2b
Bright Eyes cover


Kano: A Kunoichi Tale by David Kudler - COming March 1, 2024
Kunoichi Companion Tales (Seasons of the Sword Prequels)
Kunoichi Companion Tales covers
Kunoichi Companion Tales
Winter Tales (with Maura Vaughn)
How Raven Brought Back the Light: A Winter Tale adapted by David Kudler and Maura Vaughn
Shlomo Travels to Warsaw: A Winter Tale by David Kudler and Maura Vaughn


The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell (edited by David Kudler)
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, edited by David Kudler
Pathways to Bliss by Joseph Campbell, edited by David Kudler
Asian Journals: India and Japan by Joseph Campbell, edited by David Kudler, et al.
Myths of Light by Joseph Campbell, edited by David Kudler



See Stillpoint Digital Press for more.

Kunoichi Companion Tales covers


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