Paul Swearingen

Biography

Paul Swearingen is a retired English/journalism/Spanish teacher who managed to survive 34+ years in public, private, and government schools. He also was a radio newsman and disk jockey, a newspaper editor and photographer, a personnel manager for a large retail store (now defunct), and a long-time publisher of the National Radio Club's magazine, "DX News". He lives in Topeka, Kansas, where his main current duty is to keep his garden under close control.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a farm in SE Kansas, and the rural life I remember has greatly influenced all of my novels. The setting of each of the novels is a combination of the places I lived, including the Iola area, Emporia, and where I now live, Topeka.
When did you first start writing?
I've written sporadically since the mid-'70's, not counting when I was a newspaper reporter and a radio newsman. The beginnings of several stories I started 40 years ago have been pulled from the drawer, literally, and expanded into full novels.
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Books

Can't Stack B-B's
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 58,420. Language: American English. Published: December 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Becky, 14, is beholden to Dane, 17, for saving her life after the "bomb". But she cannot decide if she wants him to be her big brother or eventually a lover. Eventually, the new Order and a somewhat demented rival to her may make that decision for her.
You Can Believe It
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,380. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
One day, Dane woke up, but no one else did. Or so he thought. But the neutron bombs hadn't killed everyone. Just when he was getting used to being alone in the world, two sisters showed up to change everything again. And yet they weren't the only ones to survive, or to die, and change his world, as he was to find out. Set in the very near future, "You Can Believe It" is suitable for ages 12+.
High School Literary Club - The Climax (sixth in the high school series)
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Series: The High School, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,500. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Joining her high school’s literary club was not what fifteen-year-old Alex intended to do when she complained about her lost submission to the literary magazine. She could never foresee what saying “yes” could lead to - a mashed foot, new responsibilities, a personal stalker, a cross-country trek, a trip to the ER, and a special friend. In the end, maybe writers are the most likely survivors!
High School History – The Treasure (fifth in the high school series)
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Series: The High School, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,470. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
An ordinary history assignment leads Arianna to an old country school building on a Civil War skirmish site, and her younger sister alerts her to a missing girl. Gradually she realizes that the building houses a mystery, and the surrounding grounds must give up their Civil War secrets so that she can complete her essay. But a farmer, two reluctant librarians, and a hair barrette stand in her way.
High School Newspaper – The Danger (fourth in the high school series)
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Series: The High School, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,780. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
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Being newspaper photo editor when you’re only a sophomore may sound like a dream, but to Arianna the nightmare is just starting, with her little sister an unwilling participant. She discovers that her friend will never be her lover, her potential boyfriend really is a hunk, and most importantly that she can swing a tree branch and a length of iron pipe when she needs to defend herself.
High School Yearbook – The Drama (third in the high school series)
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Series: The High School, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,570. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
(4.67)
Cherié thinks she’s set to coast through her senior year in high school … until her principal blackmails her to take over editorship of the yearbook. She discovers that neither her principal nor her advisor are what they are supposed to be. She nearly gets creamed in a hallway fight, but her chubby guardian angel makes sure that she survives and uncovers some unusual events.
High School Diversity - The Clash (second in the high school series)
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Series: The High School, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 31,480. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
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Carla can’t seem to come to grips with her life and seems always to be running away from it and in conflict with persons who always tell her what to do. She’s threatened after a minor misunderstanding; she finds herself in a fast car with a drug runner; she saves her romantic rival’s life with a crusty steak knife. In the end she proves that short Hispanic girls can have fun, too.
High School Football – The Temptation (first in the high school series)
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Series: The High School, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 42,940. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
(4.56)
A black teenager is forced to move to a small town but realizes that with the help of new friends he may be able to leave the bad influences behind and concentrate on football. But part of his past catches up with him. Then temptation, in the forms of a potential burglary and a till-tapping opportunity, presents itself – and he knows he has tough choices to make.

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  • Adopted on Jan. 14, 2011

    Kristina, you show promise as a writer, but what you have written is an outline for a Christian story. It is not a fully-developed novel, or short story - yet. As Angelica suggested in her review, you should develop this story into a full novel. But first - you need to read much more to gain some background in fiction writing. Consider studying published writers like Karen Hesse and others to see how they handle some of the same themes that you did. Good luck, and feel free to contact me here on Smashwords for more suggestions and books to read. I was a teacher for 34 years, and I'd be glad to help you get started.
  • Market Forces on Feb. 09, 2011

    This coming-of-age, or self-discovery short story, is delicately and carefully created against an unexpected backdrop of an open-air market. The details and setting enrichen the story, and the portrayal of Michael's mother and the violin-playing girls, including the "Ice Queen", are a nice counterpoint to Michael's confirmation of his sexual preferences. The end-punctuation here and there is a little quirky, but it doesn't detract from the story.
  • What I did next does me no credit at all on Feb. 09, 2011

    Irony and setting are the strong suit of this short story. However, it is severely flawed in that the reader cannot discern the sex of the narrator. Had we been able to determine without a doubt "Miss Goody Two-Shoes" is not quite a definitive hint), the irony might have been doubly enhanced. Still, the strong settings carry the story.
  • Justice on Feb. 09, 2011

    Nice to see someone who has control of the English language and can produce a poem that is a neat package like this one.
  • Nashoga: Book 1 of the Redstone Series on Feb. 12, 2011

    "Nashoga" is a fine tale by a talented writer who manages to capture emotions with her furred characters in a more believable manner than many writers do with humans. It's more than just a talking animals story - "Nashoga" is both a story of survival and love, and it answers a universal question: Can food be friends? I recommend this one especially for the middle-school-age reader.
  • Ain't No Sunshine on March 08, 2011

    DuBoise has created a real page-turner with "Ain't No Sunshine". The characters are well-crafted, the plot compelling, and the outcome unexpected but not a complete surprise. A bit of closer proofreading should have been in order, as this version still has a few errors, but they do not affect the impact of this novel. A great read.
  • Be the Monkey - Ebooks and Self-Publishing: A Dialog Between Authors Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath on March 19, 2011

    Joe and Barry tell it like it is with self-publishing. Now, I don't regret at all self-publishing my first five titles on Smashwords, and I really appreciate the positive boost I received by reading this FREE ebook!
  • Dexter By A Nose on June 15, 2011

    "Dexter By a Nose" is a story by a talented author who is a worthy successor to Thornton W. Burgess, who also penned animal stories - not just "talking animal" tales, but ones that included furry characters with real human emotions and problems. In this story, a horse named Dexter is taunted by others because he is different; he is "mixed" and not a thoroughbred and is even called a "mutt". How he overcomes these differences can serve as a model for young people who may also be "different" and who may be bullied by those who should know better.
  • Tyger Lilly on July 12, 2011

    "Tyger Lilly" is a delightful blend of ecology, mayhem, talking animals, suspense, intrigue, and magic that will charm any young person (plus perhaps a few of us older people). Not only is it a well-written story, but its symbolism and positive messages are a part of the narration. Lilly may be bullied, but she has the smarts to be able to fight back. She may have been abandoned by her depressed mother, but she is able to learn how to take care of herself. And she may not have the exact key to solving all the problems in the world, but she knows what's important - that we should all try to take care of each other in the best way that we can. (As a writer myself and Smashwords author, I did note some rather odd formatting and a few typos here and there, but they do not affect the quality of this fine story.)
  • Four Dog Riot on July 31, 2011

    Joe Cottonwood gets it - that new teens, those who have just turned 13 and 14, can skip a couple of decades at the speed of a Hair Galaxy and pop right into their 40's. And yet they can be light years apart - like Mimi, who harbors a deep, dark secret inside her but radiates power and manipulative ability, and tiny Jaz, who has yet to find out who she really is. Or little Hoot, who is mostly clueless about life and couldn't harm a fly, and big Bowie, who has known the rough side of humanity nearly all his life and knows how to protect himself and his home, even if it involves using a priceless triple-ought-forty-five C. F. Martin guitar as a weapon. Cottonwood has captured all the emotions that are possible to run through teens, and his characters are almost larger than life in this novel, which is as masterful as those penned by Walter Dean Myers, Gary Soto, Paul Zindel, and S. E. Hinton. It's a powerful piece, and I recommend it without reservation.
  • Amazon on Aug. 22, 2011

    "Amazon" hits the ground running - or maybe the air - and does not slow down until the last word. As in her earlier novels, Weinstein's trademark conversant animals are back in this novel, and their personalities serve as counterpoints to the humans. Like Greece? You'll love the setting, a remote Grecian isle, and its inhabitants, the Amazons of historical lore, who skirmish with each other, hate men, and provide all kinds of excitement and even support for the main character, Regina.
  • They Stole Your Book! Now What? on July 06, 2012

    Very useful information. Thanks so much for making it free; I've posted the URL more than once in response to people who've commented that their book has been pirated and offered for sale.
  • Good Luck, Fatty?! on Oct. 09, 2012

    Although this coming-of-age story doesn't quite achieve the level of suspense nor the sparkle I'd hoped to see in the main character, Bobbi-Jo, considering the obstacles in her life, it's still a good read for any age level. The characters are finely drawn and the story line quite believable, and the editing is impeccable.
  • Famous Potatoes on Oct. 30, 2012

    How can a young man be on the road and underground at the same time? Hint - the title of this book is a clue. I suspect that this novel is more or less a reassembled version of Cottonwood's early life, perhaps without some of the more violent episodes, but it's true-to-life (you can't make up some of this stuff), timeless, and eminently readable. The character portraits of the women alone are worth the price of the book - especially Erica, whom I've met oh-so-many times with oh-so-many faces, not all freckled.
  • The Ghost Of Christmas Past on Dec. 02, 2012

    A bit artificial, but cleanly written with a clear story arc. Nicely-designed cover, too.
  • Assured Destruction on May 06, 2013

    Janus is computer-savvy - perhaps too much for her own good. She can handle the 1's and 0's with the best, but her school work, relationships with friends, and even her own self-assuredness come crashing down to a big zero. "Assured Destruction" is a classic one-sitting read, packed with surprises, glimpses into the world beyond the computer screen, and non-stop action. Highly recommended for anyone who knows a lot, or just a little, about programming and social networks.