John Daulton

John Daulton started Daulton Books as a Web platform to showcase his original works, which include the number-one Amazon best-selling science fiction/fantasy epic The Galactic Mage and its best-selling sequels Rift in the Races, Hostiles, Alien Arrivals, and Dance of Destinies.  In addition, he’s got the first of a prequel series out in Ilbei Spadebreaker and the Harpy’s Wild, as well releasing a contemporary fiction novella titled Auction Yard.

He’s currently editing a sixth book in The Galactic Mage Series as well as being very close to releasing a new non-series novel called Something After All. It is a contemporary fiction work (formerly referred to by the working title Fish Story),  but it’s also sort of mystical realism, or maybe contemporary science-mysticism? Hard to categorize it, because it’s actully contemporary literature if you ask him. Readers will have to judge. But he thinks it might be his best work ever. Hopefully others will agree.

John Daulton’s writing is driven by his love of story telling, mainly to entertain and to help people laugh and escape, but he also hopes to inspire something more from time to time, new thoughts or feelings, something meaningful. He’d like his work to have some value for people, for it to be uplifting or do at least some small bit of good. While this last is often associated in certain circles as the realm of only “real” fiction, Daulton feels genre fiction has the same opportunity to been genuine that “real” fiction does. Magic and spaceships do not preclude depth or mandate sentimentality, which is why he writes both traditional fiction and genre-based novels as the mood and the story ideas fit.

John Daulton began writing as a child, fascinated by the life and creatures that surrounded him on his family’s cattle ranch. The ranch was (and still is) a place of beauty, abundant with life and essential elements of earth. It was also a crossroads for culture and diversity, imbuing him with a fixation on character as it manifested in the variety of people who flowed in and out of his experience. Beyond that, he’s got over two decades in sales and marketing adding to his appreciation of humanity, and he’s got both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, focused on creative writing, informing his approach to his work. He is married, with three grown children and one grandchild, and expects to write until he is too old and crotchety to carry it off.

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60 thoughts on “John Daulton”

    1. Thanks, Charles. I’m glad you liked the story. I’ll be starting in on the sequel next week. I’ll be glad to be back to writing.

    1. Aww, shucks. 🙂

      And I’m with you on the Hollywood thing. They need to hurry up or the, uh… other major studios will find it and Hollywood will miss out!

  1. Just finished Galactic Mage ( about 5 minutes ago) and loved it. One of my new favorites. Can’t wait for the sequel!

    1. Thanks Fred. I’m glad you enjoyed it, and it’s very cool that you took the time to come let me know. Much appreciated. Helps motivate me through the times when writing feels like work. lol.

  2. Galactic Mage is the greatest book ive read in a good loooong while. I wholly enjoyed it and am eagerly awaiting the sequel, of course and any other books that you write

    (because I have to ask) I assume that Pernie was in the box?

    1. Heh, yes, she was in the box, sneaky curious little thing that she is. Thanks so much for taking the time to come tell me you enjoyed the story, it’s really wonderful to hear.

  3. I have been reading fantasy and sci-fi for about 35 years now. Your book grabbed my attention as much as about any I can remember. The world you created is huge in scope and you basically left a billion questions unanswered, and as many potential plot paths left open. This easily could become universe as full and diverse as those created by Weber and Jordan, but combining the 2 genres. Great job. I look forward to your next book.

    1. Thanks Kevin! I just can’t express how much I appreciate the kind words and support. There is a lot of room to work in universe opened up by The Galactic Mage. I’m really enjoying writing in it. I’m glad that readers are having fun too. It’s just a super experience for me as a writer. Again, thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment.

  4. I have just finished reading your book and I absolutely loved it. I have read many different novels and I have a very soft spot for Fantasy and Sci-Fi. I think that this is a truly wonderful combination of Space Travel, Magic and Love story all pulled into one. In-fact, there is only one other series that I know of that does something similar. The pace of the novel too was perfect, not too fast to be a blur but always constantly moving. And the details were good too, every detail proved to be important if you paid attention; I am enthralled by novels that pay attention to detail. I was so taken in by the story that I started reading at 5pm in the afternoon and did not put it down until I finished at 1am in the morning; and the next day was a working day. In short very well done. I can strongly appreciate the personal time and effort that goes into making a work for public consumption and feel like I understand the personal commitment that you must have put in to get this far. I am glad you did. Consider me a fan and I will certainly be a customer when you release Rift in the Races.

    1. Thanks Robert. That means so much, and you are right, there’s a lot of time and emotional investment that goes in, and when you put it out there, you just don’t know what’s going to happen. You just sort of close your eyes and hope. lol. And I’m glad you enjoyed the story. Putting the little clues in is the fun part for me, the little seeds that grow into stuff later, hopefully those “aha!” moments for readers. It’s nice to know some of them work. Thanks again for stopping by to share your opinion. Really does mean a lot.

  5. Thank you so much for this beautiful book. A wonderful magical tale of exploration, new worlds, people, hope and love. It is a testament to your hard work and creative vision. I was enthralled, delighted and captivated by Altin, Taot and Orli. I wish you all the best in all your endeavors and eagerly look forward to reading more. Sincerely Nick

  6. Nick, thanks so much for that wonderful feedback. It is a lot of work, and while it’s a work of love and passion for story, it’s still a lot of work. So it’s really, really cool to know when it connects with someone. I’m very happy you enjoyed the book, and very grateful that you took to the time to let me know.

  7. John, I’m about 2/3 of the way through Galactic Mage, and absolutely love the story. I’ve been reading Sci Fi and Fantasy novels for about 44 years now – ever since I learned to read. A lot of stuff these days is very predictable, so I’m happy to see something new that absolutely works! Your blend of Fantasy and Technology is refreshing. As others have commented – I can’t wait for the sequel! Keep it coming….

  8. That’s awesome, Lyle, and thanks. I’m an old-school fantasy and sci-fi guy too. I grew up on Asimov and even Edgar Rice Burroughs (so I’m pretty stoked to see that John Carter movie coming out), not to mention the obvious Tolkien and Terry Brooks. I was really trying to make something new with my story while paying homage to what I really liked about that classic stuff, the aesthetic that kind of seems to have got lost for fear of being too cliche. Hopefully more people will find TGM and read it as time goes by. And book 2 is coming!

  9. All I can say is THANKS! The Galactic Mage was a wonderful book and I wish i could devine when the next book will be out but Alas, I am only a six and will probably not ever be a seven.

  10. LOL, Chris, such is the life of a Six, no circularity. You just can see what you need to see. I do hope you don’t blow yourself up, though, or take out one of Tytamon’s towers. (He’s doing a lot of rebuilding in book two as it is, I can tell you.)

    I’m working away on Rift in the Races every day. Just crossed the 70,000 word mark today (probably 60% of the draft, roughly). It’s a comin’. And please let people know you liked it if you think of it in passing and the chance comes along. All the Amazon reviews and word of mouth are really helping a lot. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to people for how kind and awesome they have been to this story. It’s been so much fun for me, literally the thrill of a lifetime.

    Thanks so much for coming by and letting me know what you thought.

  11. John, thank you for a great book. I have a kindle and listened to the book while i work. I found myself stopping to listen as I became caught up in the story. This would make a good audio book as well. I have you on my recommended list. Just waiting for your next book.

  12. James, you are very kind to come by and write such kind words. And I think you are right about the audio book. I’d love to do that. I’ve been kicking the idea around, but I have to decide how best to accomplish it well. My wife listens to a lot of audio books and she says if they aren’t done properly they’ll drive you nuts! So, it’s definitely something I’d like to do. Just have to figure out how and when.

  13. Hi John,
    Started – and finished – Galactic Mage today. I won’t repeat all the wonderful comments about the book, although they are well deserved. I will say that about 30 seconds after finishing it, I was opening your author’s page on Amazon, eager to purchase another story.
    Instead I’m devastated. Where is the lengthy list of books to stave off G.M.withdrawal?! Not even one more novel…(please imagine this accompanied by quiet sobbing.)
    So no pressure – but could you please write faster???

  14. Heh, Jenny, I’m trying. I hit the 75,000 word mark today (about half the length of The Galactic Mage) on the Rift in the Races draft. I’m having a blast writing it, pretty fired up by how it’s going so far. I hope you can hold on to that enthusiasm until it’s done (I’m having so much fun with Pernie’s character, and a new character, Conduit Huzzledorf, came in today that amused me greatly).

    I really can’t express how awesome and encouraging it is to have you come and say as much. Thank you, and, well, be patient. It’s coming. Meanwhile, feel free to tell a friend. I could use all the help I can get getting my story out there.

  15. John, I’ve read hundreds of both Sword&sorcery and Scifi novels over the years, Galactic Mage ranks among the best of them.

    I”m very much looking forward to Rift in the Races.

    And I will gladly give you a good review on amazon.

    I don’t know if you have a Facebook page, if you do I’ll put the word out about you to my contacts. If you’d like I’ll put up a link to this site as well as to the GM amazon page.

    Keep Writing!

    1. Scott, thanks a ton, for all of it, for letting me know you enjoyed the story and for any reviews, links or anything else. I’m sure you know how competitive the book universe is, especially for a new name like me, so, rock on with link love and word of mouth. That’s the magic sauce for me right now. (TGM facebook is

      Thanks again!

  16. Thank you so much for sharing your world with me! Well others too, but I’m sure you had me in mind when you wrote Galactic Mage, 🙂

    I just finished a few minutes ago then went searching to see if the sequel had been written yet. Will have to wait I guess I’ve been reading the swords and sorcery stuff for decades, hard and soft sci-fi for as long. I really enjoyed your characterisations and that you were able to meld the two worlds together so cleanly. really well done, thank you, it gave me great pleasure to read your story.

    1. Ha! Craig, of course I wrote it with you in mind. I woke up one day and thought, You know, I bet there is someone out there named Craig who needs a new story to read. I think I’m going to make him one. The rest is history. 😀

      Seriously, thank you so much for reading, and for stopping by to let me know you enjoyed the book.

  17. Hello Mr. Daulton,

    I am reading The Galactic Mage and have to tell you I love it! It’s the very first novel I down loaded on my new Kindle, which seems to be a perfect venue for your story, although I can imagine this would translate well into film or television.
    I’m about half way through, really enjoying your writing. Your story is beautifully detailed and surprisimgly believable. Thanks for the read!

    Verlie (aka snakeslane on Hub Pages)

  18. I finished reading A Dance with Dragons a few months ago. Ever since then, I hadn’t been able to get into any other books. The Galactic Mage is the exception though. I have not been able to put it down. I just wanted to say thanks for writing this awesome book and I can’t wait for the sequel.

  19. Hi Ryan. Thanks for popping in and letting me know you enjoyed the novel. Very kind of you to take the time, and, as you must know, it’s very gratifying to hear. The sequel is coming along too, so, more adventures of Altin and Orli are on the way.

  20. Hi John,

    Like others here I have just finished reading your book and was absolutely blown away by the depth of the world you created. I am powerfully ravenous for more of Altin’s magical adventures. Fantastic job, one of the best reads I have had in a very long time.

  21. Thanks, Ben. Your comment comes at a great time. I had a tough time today on the sequel and wrote a lot that I ended up having to trash (about 2,200 words). Was kind of frustrated, even though I did end up with 1,850 words that I do like and can use. The sequel IS coming, so there are more of Altin’s magical adventures on the way. Rift in the Races (book 2) is actually about 143,000 words done as of today (TGM is 156,000 words). I expect book 2 is probably going to be closer to 200,000 words, but, mostly impossible to predict at this point. Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know you liked the book. I really does mean a lot, especially on a day when the muses were being stingy.

  22. Well done on the Galactic Mage Mr. Daulton. It’s so rare when when I come across authors mixing magic and tech and the first I’ve found of mages themselves going to space (not just dimension hopping). So again Bravo 🙂

    1. Thanks, Aaron. It’s something I wanted to do for a long time, and finally did. I’m glad you liked it. I’m working on the next in the series, hopefully you’ll come back for more!

  23. Well, considering I found yer website cause I was actually looking for a sequal release date. I am pretty sure that’s a strong possibility 😉

  24. Thank you for your wonderful book John. Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.
    I was even reading this on my Kindle whilst stopped at traffic lights!
    I now anxiously await the sequel.

    1. Hi Mark. Thanks so much for giving my book a shot, and I’m really glad you enjoyed it–those people behind you at the light can wait, Orli had problems on the ship that had to be dealt with first!

  25. Hi John,
    I love ‘galactic mage’. I am a devotee of fantasy / SF in particular space opera. With ‘mage’ you have encompassed all three areas. Thank you. My most favourite author is Anne McCaffrey. I have a select few other authors that I read on a regular basis. You have now joined that select few. Can’t wait for the sequel. Cheers

    1. Hi Alida. I too am a huge fan of Anne McCaffrey. She is an icon of fantasy. I am honored to be mentioned in the same breath as such a great author. I have a long way to go to live up to that kind of amazing storytelling, but it’s sure nice to hear it, so thanks. I hope you enjoy Rift in the Races.

  26. Wow. Thanks. Glad I asked here – I had been checking your Amazon page rather than searching for the title. It doesn’t show up there (only Mage and Auction Yard listed). Just bought it and starting it now. Hope the 3rd will be out soon!

  27. I read the two Mage books in reverse order, and almost didn’t read the first because the intensity of the second made it a little difficult to go back to characters as they were before I got to know them. The two books grab me as few others do, regardless of genre, and I think it’s because they raise issues that I, and doubtless many others, deal with all the time, in a vivid and concentrated way. That, and I’m quite partial to love stores that are good enough to make me appreciate my wife more! The ideas are quite interesting, and SF/Fantasy doesn’t really work without good ideas, but good ideas are not a substitute for having something to say. These books say a lot of very worthwhile, and therefore indescribable, things; very nice things that have the potential for making us readers better people. Really, that’s why I read stuff. Very nice work!

    1. Thanks so much for your comments, William. In writing this trilogy, in my head at least, I’m trying to do so much more than the story itself, especially if viewed simply on the level expected from genre (as opposed to “real” literature). I don’t want to make it inaccessible, but, there are things that matter and I think genre doesn’t have to be without literary merit; it’s a setting, really, no more or less. Whether ultimately I succeed in creating “literature” and still make good genre fiction too, only time will tell, but one thing I CAN tell you, is how gratifying it is to have someone construct from the cloud shapes of my novel something that looks like what I thought I was making. So, just, thank you.

  28. I want to thank you for sharing your imagination and hard work with those of us who love a fantasy/scifi tale. I hate to shake the tree too hard, but when will a sequel to “…rift…” Come out? Just askin?

    1. Hi David. I’m glad you are enjoying the story, and it is my pleasure to share. Wizards, warriors and weird aliens are best with friends! As for the sequel, it’s underway. My Beta readers are all done but one, who has had a really hectic last two weeks, so she’s really far behind. I’m going to wait through Sunday, and if I haven’t heard back, I’m going to start the third round of revisions. I’m hoping to have it out this summer. Maybe by May, maybe by June, July if things go long, but somewhere in that area. If you want to get periodic updates, you can pop in to the Hostiles page in the Bookstore, as I will post progress reports there when they come in. That page is here:

      Thanks for your interest, and I really appreciate you taking the time to come by.

  29. Mr. Daulton, I have read 2 of your books from the galactic mage series and they are fantastic!

    I do a LOT of reading, mainly Sci-Fi and fantasy. All the current Star Wars novels, Battle Tech, WarHammer 40k and anything by Weber and Ringo.

    The 2 books of yours that I have read are right up there with the best. The characters have substance and feeling to them and the whole story just draws you in.

    I’m eagerly looking forward to the next installment. I have been lacking on finish the current book as I can’t bear to wait for the next!

    1. John, thanks for a rockin’ good start to my day. And wow, what a compliment to see my story listed with such epic story worlds and story tellers. I’m really glad you are enjoying the series so far, and it won’t be too much longer for Hostiles (book 3) to come out. I’m hoping to have it to my editor in less than a month, so progress is good and steady. Thanks again for the awesome feedback.

  30. Galactic Mage and Rift Between the Races.

    I didnt think you’d be able to pull off the joining of Fantasy and SF. Im glad to see i was wrong. I bought both books and am eagerly awaiting the third.

    Enjoyed them quite a bit!


    1. Thanks, Kevin. I’m glad you enjoyed them, and appreciate you taking time to come say so. Book 3 is still moving steadily along, so, it’s a commin.

  31. Just found your book, read it non-stop. Surprisingly excellent! Good character development, great storyline. Looking forward to reading the sequel.

  32. Just finished the first 3 books of the galactic mage – love it! This story has loads of places to go and people to meet, dying to find out where it goes next and who all the characters are. I know my enjoyment is such a short time compared to the writing required but please hurry, baited breath and all!

    1. Hi Cyndi. I’m so happy you are enjoying the series. I am working away steadily on the next part of the series, so, well, yeah, it’s going to be some time I admit, but there’s three more books coming in the series and a prequel about Ilbei. I finished the first draft version of The Galactic Mage book 4 about three weeks ago, and am now 50 pages or so into a prequel about Ilbei Spadebreaker. Not exactly sure how the release dates will work, but keep an eye on the Galactic Mage facebook page or on my blog for what’s coming, because it is a commin!

      Anyway, that’s what’s coming. Thanks for taking the time to stop by. You should know that your kind words really mean a lot and are very motivating as I start another day of burning up my carpals working on the next book. 🙂

  33. I Just finished Listening to the Rift in the Races audiobook and was wondering when Hostiles will be released in this format

    1. Good question, Andrew. David Bodtcher is currently working on it. I think realistically we are looking at sometime in April, but if it can be done sooner, it will be.

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