Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis have been friends since they could remember. They grew up sharing birthday parties, Saturday morning cartoons, comic books and baseball cards. Together the boys spent much of their childhood on Derek's family farm in Iowa, exploring the sprawling woodlands nearby, which they secretly suspected was enchanted. This inspired Derek and Jon to create the first Grey Griffins trilogy: The Revenge of the Shadow King, The Rise of the Black Wolf and The Fall of the Templar.