Joseph Cassis launched the Squire with Fire series to fulfill a promise he’d made to his daughter, Mallory, to write her a book about knights and dragons—though he didn’t get around to it till he was a grandfather and Mallory was an adult with a daughter of her own.
Cassis, whose professional experience includes stints in business, IT, marketing, foodservice, teaching, publishing, and telecommunications, is an avid learner with a passion for history. He participated in the renowned University of Iowa’s writers’ workshop program and has written three screenplays, one of which was optioned in Hollywood. He loves to dabble in gadgets, innovations, and quantum physics and is currently working on a thermodynamic energy source for cooking in primitive places.
Squire with Fire: A Happy Dragon’s Tale, published by FriesenPress in 2018, has won five awards: the Mom’s Choice Gold Award, the 5 Star Readers’ Choice Award, the Purple Dragonfly Book Award, Pinnacle Achievement Award and the Family Choice Award. Cassis lives with his wife, Joyce, and Carmella, their Labrador Retriever, in a beautiful home in Johnston, Iowa.