Charles W. McDonald Jr.
About the Author
Charles W. McDonald Jr. was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a BBA in Management Information Systems and a Minor in Economics. He also has a background in Aerospace Engineering and High Availability Systems Engineering with an emphasis on Technical and Solutions Architecture. Honorably discharged from the United States Air Force Reserves, he also has a background in the armed forces. He's currently a Sr. Cloud Architect on AWS, Azure, and GCP, and lives with his wife, Brandy L. McDonald, in Roanoke, TX.
In the summer of 1995, Charles read every available book in the "Wheel of Time" series by Robert Jordan in a couple of weeks, and later that same July awoke in the middle of the night from an incredibly immersive dream. Charles began writing, by hand, everything he could remember from that dream, which became the outline for "A Throne of Souls." Very shortly afterward, Charles wrote Robert Jordan directly, looking for advice and inspiration for his own work, and Robert Jordan personally responded in a three-page letter, encouraging Charles to tell his story in his way, in his voice, and in his time. While radically different from the "Wheel of Time" series and other modern fiction, the completion of "A Throne of Souls" is a deeply personal mission for Charles to thank the living spirit of Robert Jordan. "A Throne of Souls" is an obsession for Charles to deliver something entirely unique for the intellectual truth-seeker in us all.