Think history is boring? Then you've never met Mad King Ludwig, who inspired Walt Disney with his magnificent castle in the clouds. He ruled the German kingdom of Bavaria for twenty-two years, inspiring his people by his support for the arts. And yet, Mad King Ludwig rarely appeared in the capital or attended any government functions. He slept most of the day and stayed awake all night. He dined with his horse and waved pistols at servants. He created a fantasy world inside his castles, complete with caves and trap-door tables. To this day, one is sure exactly what caused his untimely death in a lake. Who was this man: fairy tale king? Insane eccentric? Mad King Ludwig's life followed many twists and turns on its way to Not So Happily Ever After.
Susan Barnett Braun earned a BA in retail management from Indiana University and an MA in education from the University of Alabama. She taught for eight years in northeast Indiana, earning a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Study Scholarship. After becoming a mom to three daughters, Susan found her calling in the home for several years. But as her children grew up, Susan returned to writing. She has had work published in Parents, Children's Ministry, and The Secret Place. She also writes online for Yahoo/OMG and blogs at Girls in White Dresses. Her other books include a memoir, I Love to Tell the Story, and two books for children: Sophie, Pay Attention (Rhoda, You Too)! and A Dog Called Naaman.