Markus Heitz was born October 10 1971 in Hamburg. He is a German fantasy author, most famous for his four-book "Dwarves" saga. In the last couple of years Heitz has gained popularity within Europe, due to the English translations of his books. As of October 2010, two out of four (four yet released in Heitz's native Germany) of the "Dwarves" books have been translated into English. The third, "Revenge of the Dwarves", is due for release in 2011.