Dan Absalonson

Biography

Dan first started writing stories in elementary school, where he and a friend would skip lunch and recess once a month to eat in the library while hearing all about the new books on the shelves. His love for reading, as with visual art and music, has now extended into creating his own fiction. He is also a huge fan of podcasting, and all of his stories are available for free in audio. He works as a digital artist and lives in Washington state with his beautiful family of five.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing stories in elementary school, where my best friend and I would skip lunch and recess once a month to eat in the library while hearing all about the new books on the shelves. I have always loved reading books and eventually this lead to a desire to write my own. I only got a couple chapters in, but it all started with a story about a swordsman who would travel the land looking for the best sword ever made. We see him escaping castle guards with a new stolen sword. I wrote off and on taking creative writing classes in high school and college and really started writing consistently after college. I wrote about 10K words into my first attempt at a novel but then didn't know where to go next. So I started another novel and tried to keep it as simple as possible. This one I actually finished. Shortly after I tried NaNoWriMo where I got 50K words into my next novel that November and I ended up finishing it at around 80K words that December. Since then I've written the sequel to my first novel, a novelette, a novella, and several short stories. I have yet to publish any longer works as I write this but my novella "Sword and Urn" is something I hope to publish later this year.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I love using Smashwords for many reasons but one of them is the easy distribution they provide. For whatever reason the readers in the iBookstore love my stories. I get great reviews there and quite a few comments. It has been a great encouragement for me to keep writing seeing those comments and 5 star ratings. I love that my stories are also at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony, and many other places. I just have to upload it all here and let Smashwords distribute my works in all those places for me.
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Where to find Dan Absalonson online


Books

Cue Bull
By Dan Absalonson
Price: Free! Words: 3,370. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
George has given up hope on love finding him in this life and now his father, the person he was closest to, is gone. Is he destined to be alone forever? How will he sell the life sized bull statue his dad left him in his basement beside the pool table?
Death of a Salesman's Boss
By Dan Absalonson
Price: Free! Words: 1,330. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2013. Category: Fiction
(3.00 from 1 review)
Dave finally has a new ride but he needs to get his raise before pay day or he's not going to be able to make payments for his new flyer. There's just one problem - the meeting with his boss has been canceled due to death.
Helium Heart
By Dan Absalonson
Price: Free! Words: 2,090. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2013. Category: Fiction
SHORT STORY A young man must face the first real tragedy in his life, the loss of his best friend.
Danthology
By Dan Absalonson
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,900. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2012. Category: Fiction
A short story anthology of all my short stories. In the order they appear you will find Sci-Fi, Fantasy, General Fiction, and Thriller genres. These stories are a mix of childrens stories, middle grade, young adult, and genre fiction for adults - though all of it would be rated no more than PG.
Stuffed Monster
By Dan Absalonson
Price: Free! Words: 2,460. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2012. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
SHORT STORY An ugly stuffed monster is chosen from the claw machine and taken to his new home. It was all going so well until the cat snuck in . . .
The Day She Was Born
By Dan Absalonson
Price: Free! Words: 2,210. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2012. Category: Fiction
(3.00 from 1 review)
SHORT STORY A husband sees an armed man enter the store where his pregnant wife is shopping. He gets out of the car.
The House Sitter
By Dan Absalonson
Price: Free! Words: 2,160. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2011. Category: Fiction
A Halloween thriller short story. When Tammy is house sitting, she get creeped out. She keeps hearing and seeing things in the dark corners of the mansion she is alone in. This time it is not her imagination, and she's about to go for the ride of her life.
Bullets and Tears
By Dan Absalonson
Price: Free! Words: 2,800. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2011. Category: Fiction
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
SHORT STORY For William killing can be part of his job. It can be shoot or be shot where he is stationed, but when that other person is a child it doesn't feel so black and white. American soldiers are on a mission to save child soldiers in Africa.
A Second Chance
By Dan Absalonson
Price: Free! Words: 11,100. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2011. Category: Fiction
Jerry has problems. A few years ago his pregnant mother died. His Dad has reduced himself to a drunk. Dad gets violent when he drinks, which is all the time. Jerry decides to run away, but ends up destroying another family by taking all of his anger towards his dad out on a stranger. How will this all be reconciled?
Fezdon's Mistake
By Dan Absalonson
Price: Free! Words: 3,100. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2011. Category: Fiction
SHORT STORY Fezdon is a wizard - at least that's how he thinks of himself. The trouble is, no one else in the village agrees with him. He must do something big to convince them, but will his big idea prove to be more than he can handle?
Little Willie's Revenge
By Dan Absalonson
Price: Free! Words: 5,840. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2011. Category: Fiction
This story is based on this "Little Willie" poem: Little Willie Feeling Mean Fed his sister paris green As she lay in agony Willie boy was full of glee. Willie's mother passed away and now his dad has remarried. Now Willie has a new sister. He hates her. How far will he go to show her how he feels?
Evil Takes Flight
By Dan Absalonson
Price: Free! Words: 1,830. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2011. Category: Fiction
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
SHORT STORY Jeff Klots has a problem. Every time he comes home from school, he gets dive bombed by an evil crow on the way into his parents' house. He decides to do something about it. All he needs is a weapon that will do the job.
The Last Butterscotch
By Dan Absalonson
Price: Free! Words: 6,550. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
SHORT STORY Henry Jr. and his family are excited about their newborn kittens, but when Henry goes into the barn to see them - he finds that there's an extra. It looks and weighs the same as another. Henry's mom is spooked. Where did this extra cat come from, and why does it act so strange?
Helsa's Secrect Ingredient
By Dan Absalonson
Price: Free! Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2011. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
SHORT STORY Helsa and Vairgar had always done well selling their stew outside the castle walls, but now they were going to need magic. Lately none had come to visit the castle, so they had not sold any stew in many days. They had to do something.
All I Want For Christmas is a V.R. Supercube
By Dan Absalonson
Price: Free! Words: 1,960. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2011. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Christmas SHORT STORY Alfred Thompson can't wait to get his V.R. SuperCube game system this year for Christmas, but there's a problem. He overhears the school bully talking with his mom in the game shop and comes to a realization. He may have just found a way to never be bullied again, but it is going to cost him.
My Last Day
By Dan Absalonson
Price: Free! Words: 5,460. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Police chase SHORT STORY - in the future with flying cars. It's police Captain Matt Selznick's last day on the job, and he's going to make sure he ends his career on a high note. Rather than ending with a customary day at the desk, he goes out in the field impersonating a criminal transporter to pick up a bad guy and bring him in for questioning. Sounds simple right? If only it had been.

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Smashwords book reviews by Dan Absalonson

  • The Fox on May 15, 2012
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    An epic tale of deep love, ancient history, and modern archaeology. This book may have taken me a long time to read at one hundred and thirteen thousand some words, but it was well worth it and it seemed much shorter. This book is worth your time and money, but lucky for you it's free so you owe it to yourself to download this story and enjoy it for a good long while. I really liked the back and forth between the ancient and modern times. The characters were well done and believable in both time frames, and it never bothered me jumping from one time to another. I never felt jolted out of one time and thrust into another, it just flowed. Now that I think of it, pulling that off could not have been easy but Arlene did it really well. If you like romance, drama, archaeology, even some great action - then this story is for you. Sometimes it's really nice to be able to curl up with a book for a good long while, knowing you have a lot of story to go and the fun won't end soon. Some of my favorite books are the ones that took me a long time to read. When I read The Kite Runner it was over the course of about a year, but I enjoyed it and think back fondly on toting around that huge tome. It was the same with The Historian, and it's the same way with this treasure - you don't have to worry about the end of the story coming up on you soon because it's magic and story keep going for a long time. I think you'll find as I did though that before you know it though, the story has ended and you're left with many fond memories and new friends. There were a few parts that I felt were a bit slow, but there were also parts that just about brought me to tears and many exciting parts. In my mind those parts more than equal out the book overall to be a great read. I don't usually read this genre of book, but I'm glad I read this one. I really liked the ending, it was exciting.