Angus Brownfield


Write what you know. I know me and I'm talking to you, reader, in the first person, not the anonymous third person, because when I write I write about me and the world that thrives around me.
I wrote decent poetry in college, I couldn’t get the hang of short stories. I finished my first novel so many years ago writers were still sending their works to publishers instead of agents. My first novel was rejected by everyone I sent it to. The most useful rejection, by a Miss Kelly at Little, Brown, said something like this: “You write beautifully, but you don’t know how to tell a story.” Since then I've concentrated on learning to tell a good story. The writing isn’t quite so beautiful but it will do.
Life intervened. Like the typical Berkeley graduate, I went through five careers and three marriages. Since the last I've been writing like there’s no tomorrow. I have turned out twelve novels, a smattering of short stories and a little poetry. My latest novel is the third in a series about a man who is not my alter ego, he’s pure fiction, but everyone he interacts with, including the women, are me. My title for this trilogy is The Libertine.
Writers who have influenced me include Thomas Mann, Elmore Leonard, Albert Camus, Graham Greene, Kurt Vonnegut and Willa Cather. I don’t write like any of them, but I wish I did.
I'm currently gearing up to pay attention to marketing. Archery isn’t complete if there’s no target. I've neglected readers because I've been compulsive about putting words down on paper.
Today the balance shifts.

Where to find Angus Brownfield online


An Angel at Satan's Ball--a novel
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 92,620. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Angels are among us, their angel core sheathed in human flesh. Their mission: advise humans on their road to salvation. Ulysses Everard is one, has been since the Stone Age. Enough humanity has seeped back into his angel core he’s fallen in love. Satan, not missing a chance, will try to use the object of his love, Sarafina, to drag Ulysses down to Hell.
La Casa de Las Diablitas (a play in three acts)
You set the price! Words: 20,680. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2015. Categories: Plays » American / African American
American housewives sit out a revolution up north by operating a bordello in Mexico City. As a truce is called, they must decide where to go and what to do. Their choices are complicated by men who don’t have their best interests at heart. They fight back, guided by an unlikely ally.
A Baker’s Dozen Stories and One Tale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,090. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Here is a genuine pastiche of stories, a veritable salade niçoise of peeks into human nature, with a timeline stretching from the ancient to the next minute, exploring love, lust, the pain of dilemmas that have no proper option, betrayal, new friendships and baddies getting their comeuppance. Oh yes, and a big bonus at the end.
The Birdman
Price: Free! Words: 4,910. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Can a mathematical genius with zero social skills save the world? One man thinks he’s got as good a chance as any.
One Night Stand
Price: Free! Words: 3,390. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A man who loves jazz meets a woman who plays jazz and they make beautiful music for one night.
Price: Free! Words: 4,380. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Strange things are happening when China begins exporting designer athletic shoes to the US that sell for less than cheap canvas shoes. Is there a connection between the shoes and violence that erupts on playgrounds across America?
Price: Free! Words: 2,120. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Agamemnon, elected leader of the Greek expedition against Troy, must submit to an angry godess’s demand for human sacrifice or face rebellion from the assembled army.
Where Am I?
Price: Free! Words: 2,470. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Richard learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished.
Who's Blue (A Tale Of Belonging)
Price: Free! Words: 18,040. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
A Chinese-born Eurasian in a perpetual identity crisis goes looking for a father and ends up with a lover.
Price: Free! Words: 2,850. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
A young man takes one last reckless fling before becoming a bona fide adult.
Day of the Dead
Price: Free! Words: 2,220. Language: American English. Published: November 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A family of gringos camp by the highway from Tijuana to Mexicali and experience some strange goings-on as the Day of the Dead advances to night.
4 Autumn Haiku
Price: Free! Words: 110. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
This is the final offering of haiku-like poems on the four seasons, devoted to nature in Southern Oregon.
3 (more) Poems
Price: Free! Words: 260. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Three poems in no particular order, on no particular theme, written since the first three poems I published on Smashwords.
The Deep Blue Sea
Price: Free! Words: 2,790. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A sprained ankle, anemia and conflicted feelings in 21st Century San Francisco.
6 Summer Haiku
Price: Free! Words: 140. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Following "Five Winter Haiku" and "Five Spring Haiku," summer gets its due with an extra verse in honor of daylight savings time.
The Broadband Jungle
Price: Free! Words: 3,270. Language: American English. Published: May 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
A brief tale of coming of age in the era of instant communication.
5 Spring Haiku
Price: Free! Words: 130. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Five short nature poems celebrating spring.
Winter Haiku
Price: Free! Words: 120. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Five poems reminiscent of haiku, composed in the recent spate of winter weather in Talent, Oregon.
3 Poems
Price: Free! Words: 410. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Three short poems selected from a plethora of unpublished material.
Guardian of the Lost Colony
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,760. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Talkers: talking mice created by brilliant gene-splicer Eden Godwyn. Except for hawks and snakes, Casa Abandalao, their oasis home, is paradise. Along comes Gavin MacD., an envoy from the past, Jason Ramback, a psychotic threat to the future, and the CIA, who covet these potential mini-agents. Matilde Abandolao, their excitable guardian, shoots first and takes names later. But is her grit enough?
The Day's Vanity, The Night's Remorse
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 114,680. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
For Byeford Pritchett, bureaucrat isn’t a dirty word. With initiative and integrity, he rose to the top of middle management, only to be felled by a bureaucratic rule he’s too busy to honor. He vows “never again,” but an unlooked for offspring forces him back into the fray. He discovers, when there’s no time left for mistakes, integrity is not enough to win the day.
The Scrivener's Tale
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 36,370. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
A mystery writer contracts with the Feds to edit a talking mouse’s memoirs (Pool of Tears, first book of the Mustt Adventures.) Learning to respect the mouse, he defies her captor and the CIA, and aided by like-minded friends, spirits her away from a Marine installation. He shelters her while she debates whether to risk contacting others of her kind, which might lead to their capture as well.
The Crossing, a short story
Price: Free! Words: 6,080. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A family from the States, on their way to Costa Rica, run into trouble crossing the border into Guatemala.
Abrupt Edge
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 102,710. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
Jacob Gleason wants to earn his spurs as a writer. He takes a job in Abrupt Edge, a lavish wilderness community, ghosting an autobiography. Once there he learns he's really to chronicle a war with Glory, an equally remote Fundamentalist LDS enclave. Abrupt Edge harbors the world's most exclusive brothel. It's workers are beauties who escaped Glory. Jacob has both scruples and fear for his life.
Rigoberto and his two wives
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 68,320. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Master mechanic Rigoberto has it made but doesn’t know it. He sails smoothly through life till he angers the gods, boasting of his two wives. Smooth becomes rough when one wife wants the moon for their children--rougher when the other wife drops dead. He goes into a tail spin; it takes a talking wolf, a shaman, a beauty from the US and the sacrifice of a beloved apprentice to pull him out of it.
The Line That Deserted Him
Price: Free! Words: 2,340. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Urban
In a bar, a clever sot is observed conning a naïve fellow patron for drinks and money.
She's Got Her Own, an entertainment
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 91,610. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Love and friendship trump greed, connivery and misspent sentiment in this tale of Lizzie Mae Brown. Kidnapped as an infant, Lizzie finds her True Father and a legacy from her True Mother, plus a mate for life while defeating the crook who tries to compromise her quest for fulfillment and happiness.
Pool of Tears, a Murine Memoir
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,310. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Dorothy, a genetically modified mouse, can talk. She also keeps a diary on the computer of Jason Ramback, a human she loves from afar. She comes of age by discovering that a megalomaniacal mouse, Wom, wants to dominate all talking mice by threatening them with the Worst Case Scenario if they disobey the Prime Directive: never, ever talk to a Human. Think Animal Farm on a smaller scale.
RÍO PENITENTE, a novel of expiation
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 111,780. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
In the midst of his life an enviable man turns knight errant, looking for redemption in all the wrong places—until he finds his soulmate and a crossroads where happiness lies one way and danger another.
Kafka's Heater
Price: Free! Words: 3,290. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A lonely woman starts hearing voices coming from an electric heater.
The Spare Husband, a Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 3,970. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Jack Bishop avoids a second trip to the altar until his first wife and her maid of honor close in on him, posing a dilemma.

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Smashwords book reviews by Angus Brownfield

  • 'Twas the Night Before Solstice (Southern Oregon Style) on Dec. 10, 2011

    My grandmother, Della, would have understood but little of this raucous poem. What she understood would have wrung an 'oh my' from her Southern Baptist lips. What's wrung from my lips is, "Dang, why didn't I think of that?" This could bring a cult following in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties, where Kris no doubt got his original supply. Keep it up, Celeste, let's have a poem about Father Time and one about the Easter Bunny. Angus Brownfield