About the Author:


J.W. Zulauf

Lower Grade Chapter Books,
Young Adult Fantasy

I would love to say that from the second I could use my fingers, I began to write, but I can’t. Sure there were times through my life when writing surfaced and fell away, but the truth is, I couldn’t even read all that well through most of my teens. Then one day, my father gave me a copy of The Stand by Stephen King, and even though it took me a year to finish, I did it.

This experience changed my life.

From that point, I strove to become the best reader and writer I could be. I was driven by an unbelievable passion to become a writer, and here I am. I truly started from the bottom and worked hard to become who I am now. I am a believer in the words. Reading saved my life.

Featured Books by
J.W. Zulauf


Lower Grade Chapter Book /
Spooky Fun Horror / Fable

The Balderdash Saga – Book 1

Not all fairytales are about beautiful princesses and dashing princes. Some are about the corpses living below our very feet….

Readers’ Favorite
Book Awards 2015 –
Children: Fable
Awesome Indies-Approved

From Mother Daughter Book Reviews: “The Underground Princess is a fabulous and unique book that completely took me by surprise. It features exceptional writing, relatable characters, and a very clever plot with underlying messages about loyalty, courage, beauty, and love. I highly recommend this book to children ages 6 to 12 as a great read-aloud book or for those interested in reading something with a touch of macabre. This one is definitely a candidate for a Hidden Gem Award by MDBR in the future!”


Lower Grade Chapter Book /
Spooky Fun Horror / Fable

The Balderdash Saga – Book 4

For all the flowers left on the graves.

Includes all 3 short stories originally released
under ‘The Balderdash Saga Shorts’ series:
Roland the Pirate Knight
2. Hurlock the Warrior King
3. Scarlet the Kindhearted Princess
4. PLUS: An EXCLUSIVE short story available only here: Screech the Feathered Guardian.
5. PLUS: 12 exclusive color illustrations available only here.


Dark Fantasy /
Young Adult Fantasy

Kingdom in Chains – Book 1

The common people have become the currency, outlaws have shifted to mercenaries, and freedom is no more than a thought of the past. Fear, violence, slavery—throughout his adult life, Barloc has known no other way.

Kingdom in Chains is highly recommended as an invigorating pick for any who would read of other realms and the forces that stand between freedom, self-actualization, and social change.” ~ Midwest Book Review, D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer


Coming soon….

Published Books

Published Short Stories

Published Anthologies

Happy Readers