J. Aleksandr Wootton


J. Aleksandr Wootton is a Virginian and a bookworm, if by "worm" you mean "dragon" - he hoards books in shelves and spare rooms and likes to sleep surrounded by them.

In his spare time he chairs the folklore department at Lightfoot College. His research focus is on post-war Faerie.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing (or managing the business surrounding writing, which is its own full-time job on top of writing itself), I am often found reading, cooking, catching up with friends far, hanging out with friends near, playing ultimate frisbee, walking to a library or perusing a used bookstore, studying martial arts, in a pub, or in church.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do! I was 8; it was terrible.

It began with some vague notion of being an Argonauts-type epic sea-quest with monsters to battle en route, then got all Sinbad-like in an Arabian desert with an attempted betrayal and theft of a genie's locket, and finally - in the twist that nobody saw coming - became, in its final sentence, the worst Star Wars knockoff imaginable.

Needless to say, publishers have been hammering at my door ever since.
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Where to find J. Aleksandr Wootton online


The Eighth Square
Series: Fayborn, Book 2. Price: $3.48 USD. Words: 48,520. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Literature » Fairy tales
Fayborn, #2 - Dodging unwelcome encounters with the supernatural is making Petra Godfellow's freshman year very difficult. Emissaries from the imprisoned Faerie Queen are looking for her. Members of the Green Kingdom Militia watch her everywhere she goes. Worst of all, servants of James Oberon keep trying to kidnap her. All because they believe that Petra is a direct descendant of Robin the Puck.
Her Unwelcome Inheritance
Series: Fayborn, Book 1. Price: $3.74 USD. Words: 59,060. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Literature » Fairy tales
Fayborn, #1 Petra Godfellow is ready – a little nervous, but ready – to grow up and leave home. She doesn't know the family secret... about the man who loved her mother, who couldn't accept that it was over... who's crazy enough to believe that he's the rightful king of Faerie. Her mother wants to keep it that way, but just after Petra's high school graduation, James Oberon finds her family again.

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Smashwords book reviews by J. Aleksandr Wootton

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Aug. 04, 2013

    If you plan to publish with Smashwords, indispensable; otherwise, still very helpful.
  • The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success on Aug. 05, 2013

    Plenty of good information here, but the book would strongly benefit from a re-write - it's plagued by arguments ended in mid-thought, lack of internal transition between thoughts in paragraphs, missing words, many sections that simply repeat or rehash previous sections, and so on. Not quite enough to spoil the reading experience, but enough to jeopardize the credibility of content. A reader who didn't already know Smashwords and author Mark Coker's credentials would likely be turned off.
  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on Aug. 06, 2013

    An incomplete listing of great ideas and useful information. Highly recommended, especially if you're new to this. Noticed a couple of typos, but nothing worth worrying much about.
  • The Coin Collector on Aug. 21, 2013

    Amusing. Ends as expected.
  • The Bagman on June 16, 2014

    If Belinda Pepper's brilliant cover design for The Bagman puts you in mind of Roald Dahl a la Tim Burton... prepare to have your expectations surpassed. This is a middle-grade-and-up fantasy-horror tale, where characterization and caricaturization blend and blur in environments as much as in secondary characters. Rippon's engaging storytelling style and "just-enough" approach to myth-building balanced this reader at the proper angle to compel momentum: only my need to catch a connecting flight could have (and did) induce me to set this book down, once I'd started reading. Some readers might desire greater character development for the protagonist, spunky Abigail Cobble, or perhaps for a stronger theme - I'm thinking here primarily of adult readers who are considering giving this book to children "for their improvement" (ugh, please don't take that tack). But this is Book 1 of a trilogy, so calm down - there's plenty of time for that yet. The plot - the very dangerous riddle of the Bagman's Game and its backdrop, the mysterious legacy of good and evil entrusted to Abigail for herself and her estranged twin, Tabitha, by their dying mother, to keep safe until the twins turn 16 - is so strong it scarcely matters. You might as well complain that Harry Potter is flat, two-dimensional (well, he is, but do we care? No). In brief, The Bagman is a charming novel with broad appeal, effortlessly on par with any of Neil Gaiman's works for younger readers, reminiscent of the best of Roald Dahl, a startlingly good debut, worth every penny that Rippon could be charging, but isn't. Read it now.