Author with ties to Manistee publishes first book

MANISTEE — Nothing is more exhilarating for a young author than to see the fruits of their labor published for the first time and appear in print on the shelves of a book store.

Author and lawyer Logan Tomaszewski, who writes under the pen name TC Pendragon and has strong ties to the Manistee area, recently published his magic/fantasy thriller “Martin Blackbriar and the Necronomicon.”

Tomaszewski is the son of Randy and Kellie Tomaszewski, of Onekama. He grew up primarily in the Grand Rapids area, but also lived several other locations where his parents were working in their careers. However, he grew to love Manistee as a second home as a result of his frequent trips to this area to visit grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins ​​over the years.


“My father’s side of the family has roots in Manistee and that is where he grew up, so we always had a connection to it as our ancestral home,” said Tomaszewski. “We would always vacation in Manistee to visit family.”

The 27-year-old author’s book “Martin Blackbriar and the Necronomicon” is in the spirit of the “Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Rings” type of books that were the favorites of his youth.

“This book really came from a mixture of a couple different things,” said Tomaszewski. “I grew up loving to read ‘Lord of the Rings’ and all those fantasy things that came out. I also loved Stephen King’s work with ‘It’ and ‘The Dark Tower’ and whenever those books came out I realized it was possible to break with convention to write your story.”

Tomaszewski said the book is about a brother and sister finding magic and discovering a new world together.

He said what also influenced this book was the close relationship he has with his sister, Olivia, who he considers his hero. That mirrors what comes out of this first novel with the interaction between the main characters Martin Blackbriar and his sister Ali, but he said other characters were also based on people and even pets that have been a part of his life.

“Olivia was always the strong one between the two of us and I admire her tenacity, bravery and ability to stand up for people when they need it, so I kind of based the characters off us” he said. “The book is about Martin and Ali and where they fit in the larger world of magic.”

Tomaszewski said the two careers of law — he’s a recent graduate of Cooley Law School — and writing has made for an interesting journey in his life. He loves practicing law, but he has always had the passion for becoming an author from the time he was young.

“I am working on the writing process and the act of publishing coming off the coattails of law school,” he said. “It was a very interesting process just learning the law and figuring out how to help people in a legal context, but what I was really passionate about doing since I was a kid is writing.”

He said what helped in his personal journey was finding a publisher — Long Overdue Publishing in Chicago.

“When I first started looking for a publisher it was very difficult,” said Tomaszewski. “I was very lucky in having a dear professor of mine from my college days who said she knew someone who graduated from there who was publishing books in Chicago. They helped make the connection for me and it just worked out perfectly.”

Tomaszewski also explained the reason for and how his pen name came about.

“… My name of Logan Tomaszewski never just felt right for the author of this book,” he said. “So I was writing the name of a character for a mystery book I am working on and wrote the letters TC and stopped. I thought that was a pretty good start to a name. Looking around the room I saw a book on Arthurian Legend and Pendragon came to me.”

He said the name TC Pendragon just felt right when it hit the pages and he knew it would work with this story.

Tomaszewski also credits both of his parents for instilling in him a true love of literature from an early age by reading to him. It is something he said helped lead him down the path to becoming an author.

“Some of my earliest memories are of my mother reading to me,” said Tomaszewski. “It didn’t matter what the book it was. I just remember pages turning, her smiling and me falling in love with literature. That is where the spark started for me, as I saw there was a lot of power in how people told stories.”

He said that concept about how stories can bring things to life really hit home with him as his late grandfather, Jerome Tomaszewski, died before he got to know him.

“I really came to know him, meet him and love him through the stories my family always shared about him,” said Tomaszewski.

His father, Randy, also opened his eyes to books like “Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter” and what they have to offer in the world of fantasy.

“My dad used to read me ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Harry Potter’ which I just loved hearing,” he said.

Tomaszewski has written several other books and hopes this one will be the first of many to follow in his writing career.

“I am working with my publisher going through the other ones,” said Tomaszewski. “We really hit it off and realized there is more to writing than just writing one book. I have always been interested in writing and improving my skills.”

He said suddenly many things are now possible for him in the world of writing and the other stories he wrote are no longer just a pile of dreams that may or may not get published. Now there is a chance that someday all of them could get into print.

“We have more works coming down the line that will hopefully get published this year and the following one,” he said. “There is a spinoff from the Martin Blackbrier book, but some of those books are very different. I also have one that is science fiction and looking at a future world kind of like the books ‘1984’ or ‘Brave New World.’”

The young author said he tries to write something every day. Sometimes it will be more than other days, but the key is writing on a continual basis to keep the creative juices flowing.

“My dad always says that some days I get peanuts and other days I get shells,” he said. “There is nothing wrong with that.”

However, for now the writing career that he dreamed of since a child is off and running with the road ahead looking bright for more works by TC Pendragon coming in the future.

“You only get this far in the process with people behind you who love you, trust you and want to see your stories get told,” he said. “If you have a story you really want to tell, it is extremely rare that it gets done without someone’s help. It is something to reveal in and appreciate.”

People can find the book locally at the Happy Owl Book Store in Manistee and at Studio 231 in Elberta. It can also be purchased online from Long Overdue Books at Longoverduebooks.com and on Amazon.

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