To have a book published while still in college is quite an accomplishment.
Sophomore biology major Stefan LeBlanc has already published two and he plans to publish more.
LeBlanc is the author of the recently published “Dungeon Crawlers,” Episodes One and Two, the first installments of what he hopes will be a continuing series.
“Writing, to me, is a hobby,” LeBlanc said. “People miss out when they just constantly write. You need to take time for life.”
LeBlanc has certainly done that.
“I moved a lot when I was younger but primarily lived in Vancouver, British Columbia,” LeBlanc said. “I also spent some time volunteering in Toronto and Latin America as well.”
Living and volunteering in these different places exposed LeBlanc to the world. The different cultures were just one of the many influences for “Dungeon Crawlers.”
“My biggest influence in my writing are my friends,” LeBlanc said. “Although I do not know anyone exactly like [one of the main characters] Lars, a lot of the dialogue comes from my friends.”
Because they are mainly based off of his own life he said he has a good connection with his characters.
“I can put myself in my characters’ shoes,” LeBlanc said. “It is easy to create a dialogue when you know what [the characters] would think and feel.”
Originally coming to Butler University on a theater scholarship, LeBlanc switched to biology because of his changing interests. He said both fields of study have directly influenced his writing as well.
“Theater is a study of life and biology is a study of life,” LeBlanc said. “I am trying to imitate life in my stories.”
Professor Diane Timmerman has noticed LeBlanc’s desire to learn in his two years at Butler.
“He is always deeply curious about the topic at hand and wants to know more about just about everything,” Timmerman said.
Timmerman, a professor in the theater department, sees LeBlanc’s aptitude to combine subject matters.
“He is very gifted at making connections between different areas of study and easily applies knowledge he has in one area to another,” she said.
As for “Dungeon Crawlers,” the stories are an imitation of life, but with an interesting twist.
The books are set in the distant future. Episode One begins 10,000 years after a civilization that blended technology and magic was suddenly wiped out by an unknown cause.
“I thought, ‘How would it be if technology today was suddenly gone?’” LeBlanc said. “If we started from scratch, what would the end results be?”
LeBlanc hopes “Dungeon Crawlers” can be an on-going series aimed at young adults.
“I have about 15 or 16 books planned for the series,” LeBlanc said. “The books have multiple story arcs and are all connected in one way.
“[They] will never really be finished because it is a world, not a story.”
After Butler, LeBlanc has plans beyond writing, including graduate school for a masters in genetics. He always wants to keep writing though.
“I would like to try out writing horror,” LeBlanc said. “Back in high school I wrote some horror/zombie apocalypse stories, but would definitely like to pursue another series or book.”
No matter what LeBlanc does, Timmerman thinks he will always be up to something new.
“Stefan and his parents are all Renaissance people and have many diverse talents and interests,” Timmerman said.
“Dungeon Crawlers” is available online on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble bookstores.