Born with a rare brittle bone disease known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta and therefore unable to participate in many physical activities, Marshall Walls has dedicated much of his life to reading and writing.
These years of creativity brought about countless ideas for novels, the first of which is his debut novel, Dawn of the Destined Hero, which was published in December of 2013. Set in the Middle Ages, it tells the story of Arimax Holycross, a boy who discovers the power of magic and must confront what it means to be a true hero.
What is Osteogenesis Imperfecta? How does it affect an individual, and what role has it had in shaping who you are today?
Osteogenesis Imperfecta is a rare brittle bone disease in which one’s body doesn’t produce enough of a protein called collagen, leaving the bones much more fragile than any normal person. Of the various types of the disease, I’m fortunate enough to have the mildest version, but I’ve still suffered a few breaks as a young child. The worst of which was a break of my left femur, the strongest bone in the human body, leaving me in traction in the hospital for weeks when I was two years old.