Talent, imagination and passion are qualities that Paul Stuempel—creator and co-author of the newly-released, Augee: Guardian of Hohala—has in abundance.
A native of northern Kentucky, Paul has worked tirelessly, invested heavily, and persevered against the odds to bring his long-awaited magnum opus to print. Yet, without the decades of dogged commitment that saw the Kentucky native take Augee’s story from a daydream to published novel, the world would not have seen this unique and painstakingly developed tale. Given the long history of the project, it is worthwhile chronicling Augee’s creation. The series began as a mere spark of imagination over fifty years ago when Paul, then in his 20s, flirted briefly with the idea of a short animated movie based on a the simple concept of “A boy and his dragon.” Eventually, the movie project came to a halt because of administrative and funding issues, but the flame of something unique and ambitious had already been ignited in Paul’s head. With little else than a notepad and the seeds of a story, he lovingly set about devising a plot, creating character profiles, and drawing up a framework for the world that would eventually become Hohala, the setting of Augee.