Author: Daniel Falconer      Additional Writing/Research: K.M. Rice


The Country Beyond the Forests

What you hold in your hands are the things that frighten me and the things that anger and excite me. The things that make me laugh and the things I wish I could change. The things that bring me joy and the places to which I wish I could escape. For I am a storyteller, and what you hold in your hands are sparks waiting for your imagination to ignite them. So go ahead. Set a fire in your soul, and venture to the country beyond the forests.

Middle-earth Madness by J.W. Braun.



Learn how to bring J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth into your daily life through this fun web show.



Passing Through Literary Journal


The past is present. Ophelia is the first book of the Afterworld series.


Historical Fantasy/Romance


Afterword Book 1: Ophelia



The Wild Frontier

In the early 1800s, Lark and her brother set out to cross the North American continent to settle in the west. In the wilderness, she finally tastes the freedom her restless soul has thirsted for all her life. However, when she meets Charles, a half Crow who feels just as out of place in the world as she does, Lark begins to understand that her wanderlust isn't just a hunt for a new home--it's for someone who can love her independent spirit.

Lark and Charles' story unfolds in poignant, often poetic prose that seeks to awaken the wildish nature in all of us. 

Historical Fiction/Romance

How far would you go to save your family?

Midsummer used to be a day of feasts and bonfires. A day when cares were set aside for the joy of grass between our toes, warm hands in our palms, laughter in our hearts. Our celebrations dimmed with the light. Something upset the balance of our woods. Something so deep that even our bonfires can't lure the sun back. And he has something to do with it. Of that we're sure, which is why I'm being given to him.

DARKLING is K.M. Rice's suspenseful debut novel about a young woman's sacrifice to save her village and the unexpected strength that comes from first love.

Thriller/Dark Fantasy/Romance



The Wild Frontier

Let me tell you a tale...


K.M. RICE is a national award-winning screenwriter and author who has worked for both Magic Leap and Weta Workshop, the latter being responsible for such cinematic epics as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.  She provided additional writing and research to Middle-earth: From Script to Screen due out autumn 2017.

Her first novel, Darkling, is a young adult fantastical thriller.

Her novella The Wild Frontier is an ode to the American spirit of adventure and seeks to awaken the wildish nature in all of us.

As the producer of the webseries Happy Hobbit, she was also a contributor to J.W. Braun's book Middle-earth Madness.

Her work has recently been featured in the literary journal Passing Through: Stories and Art About the Road Less Traveled. 

In the past, she has had her work published in the literary journal Reed Magazine and was also the focus of a feature article in the August 2009 issue of Script Magazine. Her most recent release, The Country Beyond the Forests, is a short story and selected poetry collection showcasing a range of genres and styles.

When not working on her novels or hiking in the woods, she can be found enjoying the company of the many animals on her family ranch in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Her books can be found online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and in-store at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

The Watcher, the companion novel to Darkling, is due out this summer/early autumn. Several years in the making, her upcoming Afterworld series is set to debut with the first book, Ophelia.

Middle-earth: From Script to Screen



The Country Beyond the Forests


Author Page



Middle-earth Madness

Novelist & Screenwriter


Nature Video Series

The Watcher

Where book-lovers gather!


Trailer for the book


Short Film

Behind the Scenes/Making Of/Encyclopedia

Historical Fiction/Various

Thriller/Dark Fantasy/Romance



Video Blog

For the first time ever, the epic, in-depth story of the creation of one of the most famous fantasy worlds ever imagined -- an illustrious compendium that reveals the breathtaking craftsmanship, artistry, and technology behind the magical Middle-earth of the blockbuster film franchises, The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy and The Hobbit Trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson.

​With foreword by Sir Peter Jackson and additional writing by K.M. Rice; illustrated with final film imagery, behind-the-scenes pictures and conceptual artwork, including places not seen in the final films, this monumental compilation offers unique and far-reaching insights into the creation of the world we know and love as Middle-earth.

The companion novel to Darkling, due out this summer.



Short Film