Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Another great author blurb for Shards!

"SHARDS OF THE GLASS SLIPPER is fantastic!  I loved seeing beloved [fairy tale] characters used in new ways in this magnificent epic."

-Sarah Beth Durst, author of Into The Wild & Drink, Slay, love

Thanks Sarah!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Shards Of the Glass Slipper section of my online store is Now open!

The initial wave of products (right now just featuring the logo), is now open on my on line store! Check it out!

more to come... this is just rolling out the tip of the planned iceberg! Enjoy!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Shards the Album is out!

The album is a 13 song concept album by Gene Pool Zombie, based on my upcoming novel Shards Of The Glass Slipper. It will be available to purchase at all upcoming book promotion appearances. Also available at CDbaby  for a physical CD and MP3. Available on for MP3 download and on iTunes of course!  More venues on the way!

"Shards, the fourth album release by Gene Pool Zombie is an album based on the rich fantasy world created by Roy Mauritsen in his epic fairy tale novel, "Shards of the Glass Slipper". Mirroring the novel, the songs in this album portray the struggles, betrayals, burdens to bear, redemption and hope found in the story. Each song portrays a key character in the novel and is Gene Pool Zombie's interpretation of the drama that each character faces.

Just as in the novel, this album is epic in nature. It is structured in four distinct sections: Prologue, Journey, Warrior and Myth. Each song, both in its section and the album as a whole, is woven together with distinct motifs and compositional structures thereby creating a musical tapestry as rich as the story it accompanies. Gene Pool Zombie hopes that you find this album as exciting a journey as they had in creating it.

From the Author, Roy Mauritsen - "When Gene Pool Zombie first approached me for their fourth album they wanted to base it off my upcoming novel, I was honored to say the least. That, and a little curious as to how they would interpret this fairy tale themed story I wrote. Now, several months later, I'm listening to the final mastered tracks and I stand truly humbled. It's been an incredible journey in between, and I'm eternally grateful to have been part of the process. But moreso I'm proud that my novel will be forever associated with this incredible album from such talented and creative musicians (and all around great bunch of people). A sincere thank you for your magnificent efforts."

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

It's official- Shards Of The Glass Slipper: Queen Cinder is going to be published!!!!

 Contracts have been signed and I'm excited to announce... Shards Of The Glass Slipper: Queen Cinder is going to be published!!!! Many thanks to Patrick Thomas and Padwolf Publishing. We're in the home stretch of final edits- the book is expected to be out no later than March 2012, (but possibly earlier). The big advantage is that I get  a lot of creative freedom with my book, including doing the book cover and interior layout! More details to come! It's gonna be an exciting year!

Saturday, October 22, 2011


 Just completed!!! “Shards” is the fourth studio release from Gene Pool Zombie, and is a concept album over an hour in length. Features 13 original songs, including “Once Upon A Time”, “Goldenhair”, "Mirror, Mirror”, “Minstrel’s Gate” and “Words We Don’t Speak”. Album beautifully mastered by Hans DeKline, at Sound Bites Dog Studios, Culver City CA. CD art & design by Roy Mauritsen.
CD and digital album to be released next month... just in time for the holidays!
 Premiering the album cover art for Shards, music inspired by the forthcoming novel, Shards Of The Glass Slipper.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

check out the music inspired by Shards of the Glass Slipper!

 Check out the audio tracks in it's entirety from the upcoming album Shards by Gene Pool Zombie, based off  of the book Shards of The Glass Slipper. The Cd will be released soon.

Friday, August 19, 2011

still waiting...

 the shards manuscript has been revised and sent, it's presently under review.... things look very promising....

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


stay tuned.... it's gonna be good. I can't say what it is exactly.. but if you've heard anything... well those are just rumors. :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A real life author blurb for my book

"The Brothers Grim meet The Lord Of The Rings In Roy Mauritsen's fairy tale epic Shards Of The Glass Slipper"- Patrick Thomas, author of the Murphy's Lore series.

Thanks Patrick!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Tales Of The Glass Slipper

Tales of the Glass Slipper: The Retellings will be a collection of short stories that are based on the characters from "Shards". These will be based more on the origin fairy tales the characters are derived from, but as it is told through world of "Shards". Part fairy tale retellings, part "prequel" stories, and part character back story.
The characters developed for Shards of The Glass Slipper were specifically chosen from Fairy tales that lent themselves to the original story line in Shards. But they are still fairy tale characters and it was important to have those fairy tales be part of the history of each character. So the original fairy tale that each character is based from, is related to the character as they are now in Shards. The fairy tale of little red riding hood, did happen in the history of the character of Elizabeth, but that fairy tale had to be re imagined so as to be serviceable as Elizabeth's backstory. Tales of the Glass Slipper: The Retellings  takes a look at each of those reimagined fairy tales.

Some of these fairy tale origins relate to Shards directly, namely Cinderella and Jack and the beanstalk, and are reserved for the main novels but others like Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, The little Mermaid, Goldilocks and others all have stories to share in Tales of the Glass Slipper: The Retellings (Yes, "Tales" also refers to the fairy "Tale" aspect).

This is all a little ways off, but just wanted to get the word out that it'll be in the works!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Find out more about Shards on Facebook!

See what's the latest buzz is Shards Of The Glass Slipper on Facebook.
here's your chance to interact meet other fans, and get the latest buzz on Shards Of The Glass Slipper.

check it out here and become a fan!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

In Development! Concept album based on Shards Of The Glass Slipper

This is exciting news! And sort of a continuation from the last post...
With their 3rd album in the can, Gene Pool Zombie considered their next album; wanting a departure from their last albums, They were looking to do a concept album and wanted to do it based on my book, Shards Of The Glass slipper!
I was blown away, flattered and honored all at the same time. The music I have heard from them has been great! They have developed at least 3 or 4 songs already!
There's still lots of work to be done but I can't wait to hear the final project.

Thanks guys!

Chesspieces art featured on album cover!

Shortly before the new year, I was contacted bya band called Gene Pool Zombie They had come across my website while considering album covers for their album The Pawn. A few e-mail echanges later, and I had the honor of designing their 3rd album.

They have been a wonderful bunch of people, very talented muscians; and Iwill be collaborating with them again in the future.