L. Darby Gibbs

Biography

L. Darby Gibbs, aka Elldee: I love and write science fiction. Writing intrigues, charges and drains me. It makes me think, convinces me I have some depth to my character and challenges me to prove it. I write. I write every chance I get, and sometimes, when there isn't really a chance, I have to anyway.
I love to read and read when I am not writing and not doing all the myriad things required by life and bills. I like time travel books and books that show the human condition. I like funny romance, adventure and fantasy.
I've been writing for as long as I remember forever and perhaps before that. I'll always write.
I started on the east coast, semi-south, worked my way north on different sides of the country, west, east a couple more times, in no particular order. I've been south, prefer north, live west.
I am married, wonderfully married to a swell guy. If I say there is a problem, he fixes it. I love him for that. He never tells me I have a problem. We have a daughter. I am looking forward to being one of her closest friends when she grows up. For now I settle for guide, mom and only the occasional dirty look when I say, "No." She gives me great feedback and takes it from me like a professional. Love that girl, love her father.
I have dogs, great loyal, silly, serious, worried, attached Labradors that forgive me everything. My mom reminds me dog spelled backwards is God: they forgive always, everything, any time, any place, like God. I try not to test that theory. Forgiveness is painful, wrenching when you recognize and appreciate it. I avoid doing things I have to be forgiven for, so I have happy dogs that bring happiness into my life.
Basic bio: born, traveled, graduated, married, gave birth, live life – all while writing.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My family moved around so much, crossing the country three times by the time I was seven, so I am influenced by several parts of the U.S. I lived my early years in New England and almost as long in southern California as a teenager. Then I moved north with my husband and lived in the Northwest for several years. All of these places influence my writing. I love the woods of New England and the mountains of the northwest. I have many memories of New York City and can see myself building a story that could live in that city of abundant life. The rigor of the eastern seaboard and its puritan ethic is embedded in my psyche, and the relaxation and slow warmth of the west coast demands I look about myself and examine the world.
When did you first start writing?
I think every author writes at a very young age. I know I was telling stories as soon as I could talk. Words fascinated me from the beginning. I have loved to read since my elementary years. But I realized writing was important to me when I was in my teens. I wrote poetry all the time then, but never considered my writing to be professional. I felt that truly fine writing came with age and experience, and I didn't expect to become a "writer" until I had gathered enough material and skill. That kind of expression came in my thirties.
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Books

That's the Trouble with Time
Series: Students of Jump, Book 4. Pre-release—available September 15, 2015. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Book 4 of Students of Jump: When a student of jump taking his first solo time traveling assignment meets up with a determined renegade fighting the world government for freedom from oppression, he finds losing his jump unit is just one problem he has to fix, quickly followed by how he can protect his heart from being the next thing he loses, especially when she keeps throwing it back at him.
A Jump in Time Makes Three
Series: Students of Jump. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 212,630. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Save money by buying the Students of Jump series, books 1 - 3, in this box set. Book 1: In Times Passed - Brent jumps into the past to get away from his present. Book 2: No-Time like the Present - Misty takes the jump forward to face off with her time-traveling father. Book 3: Next Time We Meet - Mick and Emily organize their second honeymoon around a missing time jumper.
Next Time We Meet
Series: Students of Jump, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,450. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Recently trained to travel in time and set to take a honeymoon in the past, an anachronistic building contractor and his quick-witted wife find the leisure life lacks challenge, so they take on locating a missing and notably annoying physitech, placing them in the cross hairs of the kidnapping entity as they jump through time chasing clues both reliable and false.
No-Time like the Present
Series: Students of Jump, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,670. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
The abandoned daughter of a time traveler takes her skill of testing prototypes to their breaking point and applies it to a time jumper sent to check on her. Convincing him he must take her forward in time to demand answers from her father is easier than she expected, but finding herself instrumental in revealing what could bring her father peace and forgiveness will test her determination.
The Little Handbook of Narrative Frameworks
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,730. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
The Little Handbook of Narrative Frameworks is what I intended it to be: inspiration and framing for writing popular fiction based on proven plots and devices that create steps that are not just well formed but easily altered with new twists and turns. I have included worksheets following each framework to aid in plotting or examining.
Gardens in the Cracks & Other Stories
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,500. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Anthology of science fiction: 5 short stories and a novella. "Gardens in the Cracks" - Marga must come to terms with getting what she wishes. SCRAPPER - If you look deep enough, you can find a garden. "Riashu" - What is worth fighting for? "A Good Argument" - Man vs flying car. "Son Inspired" - A family business, a difference of opinion and plenty of time for things to fester.
In Times Passed
Series: Students of Jump, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,370. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
An accidental inventor of time travel takes his desire for anonymity back 200 years where his struggle to live as an average Joe demands he accept the expectations present at his birth and use them to recreate society and put into motion what he jumped into the past to avoid.

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Smashwords book reviews by L. Darby Gibbs

  • The Spirit Child on Jan. 22, 2013

    Holt's The Spirit Child is the first installment of a series of books that twist Native American spirit guides with feudal manors, strong female characters and realms in degrees of spiritual growth and power. The storyline includes the involvement of actual walking, talking, and occasionally sarcastic guides in the form of owls, wolves, panthers, badgers, etc., working to maneuver the few spiritually awake humans to safety and teach them to negotiate an increasingly dangerous world due to a darker group of powerful animal spirits. That sounds a bit like a mishmash of ideas, but it's a mix that had it an aroma would be described as delicious. Bree Makena, Duchess of Danforth, is the main character, and she is ripe for change. Heartbroken and determined to be alone and disconnected from society, she is ready to do battle with the first annoying individual she meets, but she is unwilling to watch a girl child be sold into slavery and certainly raped if no one steps in. Makena steps in, and life changes from that moment on. The child turns out to be capable of seeing any spirit guide, not just her own, but she is as flawed and broken as Makena. The two travel more than just the rough territory of the lands they call home (or want to call home) as they deal with the fear and denial which keeps them from recognizing their guides and learning how to become part of society in ways they have yet to find appealing or even safe. Makena and the child Kaiti have to not only figure out how to belong to each other but also how to belong to their spirit guides who are not in the least bit uncertain about how things should be going if only those stubborn humans would stop fighting their destinies. Other characters also carry the story well, from long time friends, healer Becca and bathhouse owner Maura, to tribal leaders and royal families. There are strong male characters as well and tribal elders who bring depth and meaning to much of the difficulties Makena and Kaiti face. Timur, Makena's dead husband, as the story progresses, is easy to accept as a person Makena might find impossible to face life without. It is inevitable that one will get attached to several of the individuals Holt breathes into life in her writing as the reader steps smoothly in and out of the thoughts and concerns of a variety of supporting characters as well as the two main characters. Arriving at the end of this book is a lot like it is in real life: few things are wrapped up in tidy bunches; much is left that needs to play out, and the trouble that was on the horizon is still lurking out there. The difference is Makena has grown out of some of her troubles which is good because there are several more difficulties building up she is going to have to face if she wants to maintain life's new vision and new hope. I enjoyed this book and view it as one I will probably reread, especially while I wait for the next book in the series to come out. My main rule is if I anticipate reading a book again, its worth five stars.