New Look for My Website – Contest

Based on inputs from some fellow members of the Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers of America Facebook group, I’ve updated the look of my website with a new color scheme and new header picture.

To celebrate this update, I will give a free autographed copy of my book Hell Holes: What Lurks Below to the first person who can identify the subject of the picture at the top of each webpage.


  1. I took the picture myself.
  2. It was not in the United States.
  3. It is inside, just not inside a building.

About Donald

A computer geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software engineer helping the US Government acquire large, complex software-intensive systems. In this guise, he has authored seven technical books, written numerous software- and system-related articles and papers, and spoken at more conferences than he can possibly remember. He is also proud to have been named a Distinguished Engineer by the Association of Computing Machinery, although his pride is tempered somewhat worrying whether the term “distinguished” makes him sound more like a graybeard academic rather than an active engineer whose beard is still more red than gray. By night and on weekends, his alter ego writes modern paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, action and adventure novels and relaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods and mystical gemstones. His first foray into fiction is the book Magical Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore written under the pen name Wolfrick Ignatius Feuerschmied. He lives in Crafton, Pennsylvania with his wife Becky, his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs, cats, and birds.
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