Which famous fantasy author played a major role in T.A. Barron's very first book 'Heartlight' getting published and jump-starting his career?
The Answer to the trivia question is:
Madeleine L'Engle, well known author of such books as: A Wrinkle In Time, A Wind In The Door, Many Waters, etc., A Ring of Endless Light, and many, many others.
While the details are not known, it is said that somehow Ms. L'Engle ended up reading the manuscript for Heartlight and was influential in having it published after it had been turned down by many agents and publishing houses.
On an interesting note, Madeleine has her own author's website which includes an actual mailing address for any fans wishing to contact her.