Chuck Grossart

Biography

Originally from the Denver area, Lieutenant Colonel Chuck Grossart retired from the United States Air Force after serving his country for twenty years as a missile launch officer, space operator, and strike planner. Now settled with his family outside Omaha, Nebraska, he continues to serve as a strategic plans analyst for the Department of the Air Force. Chuck's first novel, The Coming, was a quarter-finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) contest. His second novel, The Gemini Effect (previously titled The Mengele Effect), won the 2014 ABNA for Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror and will be released by Amazon Publishing's 47North imprint in early 2015. Chuck is a member of the Nebraska Writers Guild and the Nebraska Writers Workshop.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I always tinkered with the idea of writing fiction while growing up, but never formally put pen to paper until my late 30's. I still remember the moment I decided to start writing...it was April 2001, and I was on a remote assignment for the Air Force in Alaska, sitting in my dorm room & counting down the days until I could return home to my wife & kids in California. I'd finished reading an absolutely terrible horror novel—don't remember the author or the title—and thought to myself, "If this clown can write a book, I certainly can!" So, that night, I started the draft that would become my first novel, THE COMING. I soon discovered that writing a novel was more difficult than I thought, and realized finding an agent and/or publisher willing to take on a new writer was even more frustrating than I'd imagined. The rejection letters I received never stopped me, though...I truly enjoy telling stories, and I haven't quit writing since.
What was the first thing you wrote that made you proud, and why?
Proud may not be the right word, but I definitely felt a sense of accomplishment when I finished my first novel, THE COMING. That said, the manuscript was much too long for a first novel (well over 700 pages), and it was full of rookie writer mistakes (an overabundance of exposition, stilted dialog, flat characters, etc.). That initial manuscript went through years of edits, some driven by the help of Ann Collette, an agent at the Helen Rees Agency, who took some time to help me along. I was proud of that novel when I entered it into the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award & watched it make it to the Quarterfinals round. Having something I'd written end up in the top 250 of 5,000 initial entries sure made me happy!
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Books

Release (A Short Story)
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Price: Free! Words: 2,420. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
A man perusing the wares in a vintage book store lifts a tattered volume from its shelf and begins to read. The book quickly becomes his most prized possession...and he, a willing accomplice to a darkness thirsting for release.
Crush (A Flash Fiction Story)
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Price: Free! Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Crime
Homicide detective Deke Racine has found another nest, this time with four bodies, brutally murdered like all the rest. He's been chasing the killer for nearly a decade, but is no closer to catching him now than on day one. Eighteen have died. Racine is angry, frustrated...and closer than he thinks.
Date Night (A Flash Fiction Story)
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Price: Free! Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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Tempest Finn has a blind date. Tonight won't be their first meeting...but it will be their last.
Fury (A Flash Fiction Story)
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Price: Free! Words: 1,300. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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Pamela Chase desperately wanted this night to be memorable for her young daughter, Darla, who was turning seven years old. It would be memorable, all right, but not in the way she'd planned...
More (A Flash Fiction Story)
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Price: Free! Words: 1,270. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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Riley's night terrors are getting worse. The thing chasing him through his dreams is getting closer each night, and the world around him seems to be falling apart. What Riley doesn't realize is the foggy barrier between reality and nightmare is thinning night by night, and soon, it will be gone...
30K (A Flash Fiction Story)
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Price: Free! Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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Janice Evans finds herself in the middle of a dark, swirling maelstrom, only seconds away from realizing a horrid truth.
Lydia (A Flash Fiction Story)
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Price: Free! Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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Derek Tobias knows he must move quickly to save the child. The crazed man holding a knife to the little girl's throat is obviously spinning out of control, and time is running out. What Derek doesn't know is how his actions will enable the fulfillment of a dark prophecy… And forever seal his fate.
Rows (A Flash Fiction Story)
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Price: Free! Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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Meagan Fischer wakes from the accident bloodied, disoriented, and alone. She remembers tires squealing, the Chevy's slow-motion cartwheel into the late summer tasseled corn, and the sickening crunch of failing steel. As her senses return, she recalls one other thing quite clearly...the eerie figure they swerved to avoid. And she feels it lurking now, among the rows.
Broken (A Short Story)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,940. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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When Raquel Kane discovers her husband's ugly secret, she decides to take matters into her own hands...five miles off the Florida coast.
Double Tap (A Flash Fiction Story)
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Price: Free! Words: 1,310. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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Christina doesn't fancy herself a murderer. She sees what others cannot, only tracking & killing those who unknowingly reveal their true nature. She's doing what she does best...and she's very, very good.
Burial Ground (A Short Story)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,810. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
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The Leeds' home is haunted, or so they say. Three friends decide to enter the house late one Hallow's Eve...two remain clean, untouched. One isn't so fortunate. Based on a true story.
Reflections (A Short Story)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,690. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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Anna is an only child, but once her mother finds an old cheval mirror in the attic, she finds she's really not alone.
Spirit Board (A Flash Fiction Story)
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Price: Free! Words: 1,270. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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When Cassie Mattis discovers an old Ouija board at an estate sale, her life takes an unexpected—and quite terrifying—turn...
Sluagh (A Flash Fiction Story)
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Price: Free! Words: 1,280. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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"Close your eyes tight, 'till come light of day...if sleep you do not, Sluagh shall steal you away..."
Legend (A Flash Fiction Story)
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Price: Free! Words: 1,270. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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An old, abandoned barn provides the perfect stage for Luke's plan to frighten his girlfriend late one summer night. The legend of Fuller's farm, though, proves more chilling than he could ever imagine...
Solace (A Flash Fiction Story)
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Price: Free! Words: 1,280. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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"Believe in me. I am no figment of imagination, no legend to flippantly disregard. I am not fantasy. I am real. And I am relentless..."
Beach House (A Flash Fiction Story)
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Price: Free! Words: 1,280. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Crime
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When Devin stops by her empty beachfront rental property to run an errand, she's surprised to find she's not alone.
Table Manners (A Flash Fiction Story)
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Price: Free! Words: 1,250. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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When a beautiful woman invites Jake to her place for dinner, he can't possibly refuse. Too bad he didn't check the menu first.
Feed the Bear (A Flash Fiction Story)
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Price: Free! Words: 1,280. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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Colin's eighth kill is close at hand....but not as close as he thinks.
Ripple (A Flash Fiction Story)
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Price: Free! Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.60)
Jimmy Hayes is a different kind of kid...and he doesn't like pain.
Someday Dreams
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Price: Free! Words: 1,210. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2012. Category: Essay » Literature
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A passing thunderstorm and a robin's song provide a lesson on living, loving, and losing...one woman's reflection on life.

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accident    auras    axe murder    cheating    demon    dreams    exorcism    ghost    horror    horror and suspense    legend    life    life affirmation    murder    reaper    religion    revenge    serial killer    supernatural    supernatural abilities    vengeance   

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