My siblings and I used to make up worlds when we were little. They were little places: an island inhabited by dog fairies; a tropical beach where day never dawned; a manor house set back in the forest on a river. We made them so they all connected—so you could travel from one to the next if you really knew what you were doing.

We called them demiworlds.

Joel Armstrong is assistant editor at Kregel Publications in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He gets to work with books every day and considers himself very lucky.

By night Joel writes fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction (in that order).  His current book project is a contemporary portal fantasy.

When not doing things with words, Joel likes to take long walks, ski, cook too much food with friends and family, watch European films, and build puzzles.