Mel Odom is an American writer who has published more than 140 books, and is best known for his science fiction and fantasy work.
When Might and Magic IX was being developed, Odom was approached to write a novel as a tie-in to the game. The then-lead designer Tom Ono gave him a document detailing the planned plot, which Odom added his own touches to.
Tom Ono was later replaced as lead designer by Tim Lang, who believed that the events of the novel would constrain the player's chance to create their own stories. As such, he gave Odom free reign to write what he wanted, and severed most of the ties between the novel and the game. In the end, the finished novel, titled Might and Magic: The Sea of Mist, had little to do with the Might and Magic universe.