About the Author
29 year old Southern California native Kyle Lambky, who goes under the author/alias name Kyle "Lionheart", began his own journey of writing back in the second grade. After pleading his parents (Donald and Frances Lambky) to buy him an empty journal that caught his eye at a local bookstore, he immediately fell in love with filling each individual page with a portrait of his wild and vivid imagination. And as the pages began to slowly fill, that seemingly 'small' gift from his loving parents eventually evolved into something bigger:
A gift for writing itself.
Over the many years of growing up, Kyle continued to write nearly every single day (as a hobby) and, ultimately, chased his "passion" to the University of California Irvine, where he received his bachelor's degree in English. Of course, along the way - there was much more than just writing in his path.
Kyle admits that - even back as a kid, scribbling inside a journal - it's always been his dream to become a writer someday. And yet, that dream... like so many others floating out there... had to come by overcoming something truly terrible first.
His mother, Frances Lambky, became afflicted with Stage Four breast cancer his freshmen year of high school. She fought long and hard for six years, beating just about every odd imaginable along the way. That is, until one fateful morning on May 26, 2008 - the day where one story ended.
...And another, silently, began.
Only a few weeks after the tragedy - while the wound was 'fresh' - Kyle started writing through the grief. His plan, ultimately, was to use his own life as a vessel and give hope in the form of a story... a story aiming at the heart of anyone else out there that had ever lost somebody. To do this, he created a fictional character, Kyle Lionheart, and inserted him into a nonfictional world - the very same (and stormy) one he was currently enduring.
In essence, instead of running away from the cancer's aftermath, he chose to write about it. And from there on out, an epic adventure was born: "The Seven - Awakening".
His mother was the main inspiration behind both the story and the future of the 7-part book series itself.
Over the many years of writing it (while balancing finishing his education and, eventually, working full-time), he made an effort to become heavily involved within the charity world as well.
"Mario Madness" - an event that consisted of Kyle and his friends playing 'Mario-themed' video games LIVE over the internet for 72 hours straight - ended up raising a grand total of over $18,000.00 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital back in 2013.
In just one weekend.
Kyle confesses that, while he couldn't see it properly at the time, the result of the event changed him on a very personal level. From that point on, he started seeing just how possible everything really was - how an idea can turn into something beautiful... that is, with enough courage to back it up.
With that 'awakening' in mind, he quit his job and decided to go "all in" on finally finishing the story he had been writing for nearly 8 years.
On May 26th 2016 (the anniversary of that fateful day), Kyle delivered the first piece of his promise to his mom with his debut novel, "The Seven - Awakening".
Nearly one year later, on June 23rd 2017, he released his second book of the series, "The Seven - Catalyst".
With all that under his belt at the age of 29, there are still a LOT more pieces to Kyle's promise and this is merely the first chapter. To him, at least. The next step will be, undeniably, the most challenging of all.
...But, like everything before - he's ready for it.