Robert Carter

Biography

I was born in Staffordshire, near Etruria, the place made famous by Josiah Wedgwood, but was brought up in Sydney, Australia and later in Lancashire, England. I studied astrophysics at Newcastle University, where I started the student science fiction society. Writing novels has always played a part in my life, and I've tried to see the world enough to be able to write fiction with the help of personal experience.

After university, the US oil industry was booming so I went to Dallas, Texas, later on I worked on rigs in various parts of the Middle East and the war-torn heart of Africa. I was aboard the Ron Tappmeyer, a rig that blew out in the Persian Gulf, killing 19 men. It was dangerous work, but well-paid, and it took me to places that outsiders rarely see, like the Rub-al-Khali of Arabia and hard-to-reach parts of equatorial Africa.

When I left the oilfields, I spent time on travel, first to East Berlin and Warsaw, then to Moscow and Leningrad. From there I took the Trans-Siberian railway to Japan. In Hong Kong, I worked on a road survey, took tea with the heir of the last king of Upper Burma near Mandalay, and on the path to Everest base camp just happened to run into Sir Edmund Hillary. After traveling around most of India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, I returned home and took up a job with the BBC. Four years later, I left BBC TV to write. I finally settled in London, but I still like to head off to interesting parts when time allows.

Smashwords Interview

What type of books do you write?
I write stories set in exciting periods of history, in places and times where emotions run at their highest. These are periods of great change, uprisings and wars, in which the characters find themselves embroiled. I want my readers to feel as if they are going on a trip to a strange and different place. Today, you can book a trip to just about anywhere in the world and be there inside 24 hours, but my books take you to places you can't go, places that have vanished forever - the worlds of the past.
Why did you start writing?
When I was a kid aged 8-9 at the Woollarah Opportunity School in Sydney, Australia. My teacher, Mrs Porschel, would get the whole class to write a story about a haunted house together. The idea was that the story would be written in sections and the class would vote on whose section would continue it. I kept winning the votes, but only because I had discovered the cliff hanger and the others had to vote for me to find out what was going to happen!

I was in my mid-20s. I wrote a novel in my spare time and sent it to a publisher. They agreed to take it, but offered the princely sum of $300 for all rights. It had taken me six months of hard slog to write! It just wasn’t possible to live on that kind of salary, so the next week I got a job in the oil industry in Texas. The pay was about a hundred times better.

I knew I wanted to write, so eventually , after a spell at the BBC, I stopped working and starting writing full time.
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Where to find Robert Carter online


Books

The Deadly Playground - 1914
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,690. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
(5.00)
The Deadly Playground is the 1st volume of a story of the prestigious Barrington family during the Great War. A tale of espionage, romance and a portrait of power & influence as the curtain rises on the first act of a Century of tumultuous conflict. Hallmarked by attention to historical detail, this novel comes with a guarantee — the reader will see the Great War in a completely new light.
Death Valley Scotty
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,520. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
Around the beginning of the 20th Century, Walter E. Scott - Scotty to his friends - was passing through Death Valley, California, when he happened upon a dead man. Beside the corpse was a dog dying of thirst, and in the man's pocket was a piece of rock glittering with pure gold ... So begins one of the most endearing tales to come out of the American West.
Sheer Purgatory
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,360. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(4.00)
An hilarious romp through the Afterlife in a Douglas Adams meets Terry Pratchett kind of way. If Monty Python had shot another movie, this would probably have been the one they shot dead. Dan arrives in Purgatory with Victor 3157, his well-meaning but incompetent guardian angel, where he finds he has to wash away his sins, outsmart angelic security and figure out how to get his life back.
Whitemantle
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 167,100. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In the final volume of the epic fantasy, the Language of Stones trilogy, civil war tears the Realm apart and the sorcerer Maskull’s plans to bring about a catastrophe that will rob the world of magic are coming to fruition. The wizard Gwydion knows that the only hope for the future lies with Willand, the young man he believes to be the reincarnation of King Arthur.
The Giants' Dance
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 180,920. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The epic fantasy “The Language of Stones” trilogy continues. In the peaceful village of Nether Norton life goes on as it has for countless centuries in the Vale. The villagers celebrate the harvest and Will looks back fondly on the last two years, but a feeling of unease is stirring inside him, and seeing an unnatural storm on the horizon he feels that his past is coming back to haunt him.
The Language of Stones
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 177,620. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The first volume of an epic fantasy where the Wars of the Roses are raging, but this is not England as we know it. Young Will and Master Gwydion, a wizard, struggle to save the Realm from the stones of power. A kind of magic flows through the veins of the earth in the Realm and this is used by wizards and misused by sorcerers to change history.
Barbarians
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 192,650. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
Imagine a civil war that left 150 million people dead. A war waged ruthlessly by the Emperor against his own helpless people. A war continued against all odds by a rebel leader who thought himself the brother of Jesus Christ. The Americans, British and French were caught up in the catastrophe that ensued. In the Manchu court, we watch Yehonala rise from concubine to become an all-powerful Empress.
Courage
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 162,430. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
True love. The terror of war. Rejection. Separation. Reconciliation. COURAGE. France, 1790, and a nation is on the brink of destruction, a not so innocent flirtation at a glamorous ball, a Frenchwoman destined for the guillotine, and a British naval captain who has loved and lost her - these are the ingredients of , Courage, Robert Carter’s epic tale of love and war.
Talwar
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 216,510. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
Imagine a corporation so powerful that it rules trade across the globe, fuels the first world war, creates governments and gives birth to new countries. It is 1746, the corporation is the East India Company and French and British trade interests are fighting for control of the decaying Moghul empire. A magnificent blend of historical adventure and romance "in the great tradition of James Clavell
Armada
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 222,140. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Forget Captain Sparrow! Time travel to the real Caribbean of 400 years ago. See galleons filled with Mexican gold. Watch as Queen Elizabeth's ministers, Burleigh and Walsingham use Drake and Hawkins to humble the power of Phillip II of Spain. Feel the hopes and fears of Tudor England in this rich drama with all the historical detail of Patrick O'Brien and the storytelling of James Clavell.