Arthur Swan was raised in North Carolina and now resides in Los Angeles, where his “day job” is a Character Supervisor for Dreamworks. He has contributed to films ranging from ‘A Beautiful Mind’ to ‘How to Train Your Dragon.

In his spare time, when he’s not writing or swimming his morning laps, he volunteers for Young Storytellers, enjoys fishing and fireworks with his favorite niece and nephew, and on weekends he can be found hiking high climbs in early fog before the sun burns through as mist vanishes to blue sky.

His first novel, Before the Sun Hits, won the ReaderViews Reader’s Choice Award.

ABOUT THE BOOK

An ancient Mayan artifact, smuggled into Los Angeles, unexpectedly alters three lives in bizarre ways.

Gray, an aspiring artist struggling to provide for his family, Claire, his insomniac wife, and Ashley York, a wealthy socialite striving to make it as a real actress, find their paths crashing together, their dreams and their very identities threatened.

Meanwhile, Saul Parker, a detective and hobbyist magician who is self-conscious about his weight, strives to solve a strange case that seems impossible to comprehend.

Only Wayob, a mysterious chameleon-like killer, has a grasp on the dangerous power that has consumed his life and now infiltrates the others.

The Encanto, Book 1 of the LA Fog series, is an intricately woven, character-based mystery about how the choices we make inform our identity.

TALKING POINTS

  • How Swan intertwines Mayan culture and history into the narrative to bring realism to the supernatural elements of the novel
  • Why Swan chose to use ‘fog’ both literally and metaphorically in this new series, and how it relates to the current LA culture
  • Swan moved to Los Angeles to work in the film industry–how his experiences there influenced the LA backdrop of the novel, especially Ashley’s character
  • How does weaving themes of identity and uncertainty into a story impact the reader–specifically Saul, who is insecure about his weight and in love with his partner, and Gray, who is unhappy in his marriage and his career 
  • The difference between believing in something versus knowing something is true

TIMELY TIE-INS

  • September 15 – October 15 — Hispanic Heritage Month
  • October — National Book Month
  • First week of October – Mystery Series Week
  • October 20  — National Day on Writing
  • November — National Novel Writing Month
  • November 1 — National Author’s Day
  • November 1-2 — El Día De Los Muertos