Interview with Charles Wells

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in middle Georgia (USA) on a small farm along with six siblings, two parents, a grandmother, 200 chickens and an old dog. I started telling "ghost stories" around ten years old that scared my mother worse than my listeners (mostly the old dog) A cousin encouraged me to start writing them down and a half dozen wire bound notebooks later, I had what one might call a book of short stories. Then I came home from school one afternoon and our home place had burned to the ground, notebooks and all. I almost didn't start over again but the itch to write and entertain readers was strong and the loss in the fire put a fear in my heart that I hold to this day. My published books of today are a mix of horror or ESP driven characters and Mystery/Suspense and you can bet your bottom dollar that I have copies in fire proof safes and online in cloud servers. Most important of all, I found out quickly in life that if I wasn't having a good time writing a story, then nobody would have a good time reading it and that is my credo as a writer. Have fun and your readers will follow.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was thrilled the day a publisher signed me to a contract for the Whispering Pines Mystery series I write (9 books and counting) but a year into that contract, the publisher went belly up but kept selling mine and 200 other books by contracted authors and kept the money. It took me a year of legal brawls and threats before I as released from the contract but it taught me a lesson. With today's technology I realized there was no need for a publisher (in my case at least) and took the plunge into the Indy world. That was two years ago as of this writing and I've never looked back; never wanted to go back. I'm doing well and the future is bright as an Indy author.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Mark Coker suggested to all of the Smashwords authors with more than one book in a series, to highly discount or even give away the first book. I began doing that six months ago and the results are started to show in an uptick in sales of the rest of the series. Mark knows the business better than anyone and Smashwords not only sells on site, but distributes to all the major sellers on earth. Having Smashwords take care of the headaches involved in distribution is a life save and leaves me much more time to write. His success is my success so I'm a hard core fan of what Mark has created and continues to improve.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To me, writing is a curse more than a blessing. If I don't get something down on paper daily I feel like I'm going to explode. So I write because I'm cursed to be an author.. and blessed to feel the thrill and elation of hearing readers tell me they enjoyed my creation. The good reviews I drool over.. the bad ones I learn from.. the rest I ignore. (trolls.. sock puppets etc)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What inspires me to get out of bed each day is this irritable urge to pee. (HA)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When not writing, I'm working with my hands. I love tools both mechanical and wood working but I'm a master of neither.
Published 2013-09-14.
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Books by This Author

13 Strange Short Tales
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,900. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
13 short sci-fi/horror stories with twisted endings similar to the old Twilight Zone styled entertainment. These are easy reading, fun and enjoyable shorts that end in "wow" and "whoa" moments for the readers. "Some of the best in its class"
June Bug and the Devil (Book 9)
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Series: Whispering Pines, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,130. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
In this story of the series, a child serial killer is about to strike again and an unexpected turn of events puts the familes of West Creek County back in action to stop him. A dark evil resides inside a pastor and drives the plot hard from start to finish. Nail biting suspense, theological twisting by paranormal forces, and heart touching characters. No cliff hangers in any of the 9 books.
Digital Detective (Whispering Pines Book 8)
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Series: Whispering Pines, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,450. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A Private Investigator's best friend dies of cancer but not before his memory and personality are transferred into a mainframe computer system of his own design. Along with the prime characters of the Whispering Pines Suspense Series, watch a murder investigation take place in a manner you never envisioned.
Turkey Creek (Whispering Pines Book 7)
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Series: Whispering Pines, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,040. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Gail Veal is sent back in a vision to save her own future. The action in Turkey Creek, book seven of the Whispering Pines Thriller/Suspense series takes place in two time frames, each clearly marked to avoid confusion, so the readers are getting two independent stories that collide near the end. Walk from the present back to the Georgia era of 1862.
Hear the Sunshine
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,310. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Family health
“Hear the Sunshine” is a true, light hearted look inside the world of a man who is thought to be the world's longest living Cochlear 22 Channel implant patient. (Since 1987) It's a must read for anyone with loved ones who are hearing impaired but especially suited for parents with children who are deaf and considering implant surgery.
The Garden Patch (Whispering Pines Book 6)
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Series: Whispering Pines, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,230. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Whispering Pines "The Garden Patch" is book six in the six books (and counting) thriller/suspense series by Author Charles E. Wells. It's a southern flavored fast paced "small town vs big city" crime adventure series centered in Georgia USA. Each book in the series stands alone with no cliff hangers. Read one or read them all in order. Exciting edge of your seat enjoyment for all ages. Rated PG
Indian Giver (Whispering Pines Book 5)
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Series: Whispering Pines, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,270. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
"Indian Giver" does not mean to take back as the modern definition implies. To the inhabitants of the ancient river Indian tribes around mid and South Georgia, Indian giver means a person who is bearing a gift to another and expecting one in return. This book and title by author Charles Wells is a two edged sword and carries both definitions to a nail biting climax.
Cotton Tears (Whispering Pines Book 4)
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Series: Whispering Pines, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,640. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Whispering Pines "Cotton Tears" is book four in the 9 books (and counting) thriller/suspense series by Charles E. Wells. ESP tinged and drama salted stand alone novel series centered in Georgia USA. Each book stands alone with no cliff hangers. Read one or read them all in order. Exciting edge of your seat enjoyment for all ages.
Rebel Gold (Whispering Pines Book 3)
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Series: Whispering Pines, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,880. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Whispering Pines "Rebel Gold is book three in the 9 books (and counting) thriller/suspense series by Author Charles E. Wells. It's a southern flavored fast paced "small town vs big city" crime adventure series centered in Georgia USA. Each book in the series stands alone with no cliff hangers. Read one or read them all in order. Exciting edge of your seat enjoyment for all ages. Rated PG.
The Revenge (Whispering Pines Book 2)
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Series: Whispering Pines, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,120. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
An Atlanta based drug cartel takes revenge on the Veal brothers of West Creek County for their interference with a major illegal drug distribution network. Things go from hot to explosive with lives depending upon trusting Gail's ESP and visions to steer them clear of dangers. Revenge is a standalone novel, not a cliff hanger. Suggested, but not required, to read Book 1 to learn the characters
The Beginning (Whispering Pines Book 1)
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Series: Whispering Pines, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 108,950. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Chuck Veal has not heard from his brother in Georgia in over a week and nobody answers the home phone or cell. An employee at the timber mill his brother owns gives him run around answers and the local Sheriff refuses to post a missing person report. With his gut instincts screaming "trouble,"