Clark Nielsen


Clark Nielsen is an American-born author and web/game developer who loves to travel as much as he loves to write. He has over two years of experience teaching English abroad, which was the subject of his best-selling memoir, Yes China. Presently, he and his wife live in Los Angeles, where Clark continues to spend his free time writing science fiction and fantasy. His influences include David Sedaris, Bill Bryson, Jack Vance, and Eiichiro Oda.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I was about six years old when my sister gave me a small, empty book to use as a diary. I honestly don't know why she gave it to me. I think she was just really into diaries that year. But instead of following her suggestion, I turned that book into a collection of short stories. One story was about a boy whose hair was so long, he kept tripping over it. Another story was about plants that came alive and ate people. I've been writing crazy stories ever since.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've wanted to be an author longer than anything else I've ever dreamed of, including being an astronaut. In college, I had just finished my first full-length novel, The Second Page, and pitched it to many agents. All I got in return were rejection letters and, in one instance, an empty envelope. Who knows, though... maybe that empty envelope was actually "the one!" In any case, it was clear that traditional publishing was too cutthroat for me. I don't think I would have liked it, anyway. The freedom that self-publishing gives me would be hard to give up at this point!
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Hazel Haven 3: Of Tourists & Fugitives
Series: Hazel Haven. You set the price! Words: 25,860. Language: American English. Published: January 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
With Heather and her friends split apart again, and the enemies they've made still on the loose, there's no slowdown in action and adventure that spans multiple islands and ship battles. In their attempts to regroup, the characters are blackmailed, kidnapped, stranded, and ambushed by everyone from monstrous criminals to gun-toting maniacs.
Hazel Haven 2: Of Slaves & Treasure Hunters
Series: Hazel Haven. You set the price! Words: 24,910. Language: American English. Published: November 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Literature » Fairy tales
After reuniting with her friends from Hazel Haven, Heather sets out to find the legendary treasure on the island of Darby's Grave. But their plans hit a snag when they're forced to deal with the slave/prison system of another island and run into other pirates looking for the same reward. And, of course, old rivals are still on the lookout for Heather, waiting for the chance to get their revenge.
Camping on Other Planets
You set the price! Words: 83,000. Language: American English. Published: October 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
What was supposed to be a fun weekend camping trip turns into a dangerous hike across another planet when three teenage boys are abducted from Earth. Their only hope of ever returning home is to escape from the laboratory that captured them and make their way across the alien deserts, oceans, and mountains.
Hazel Haven 1: Of Pirates & Castaways
Series: Hazel Haven. Price: Free! Words: 25,270. Language: American English. Published: September 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
Of Pirates & Castaways is the first book in the Hazel Haven trilogy. The series is a labor of love that combines the quirky characters and over-the-top fights of Japanese anime with a Western sense of humor and pacing. Inspired by stories like One Piece and Ranma 1/2, this lighthearted tale of islands, monsters, pirates, and castaways is a fun read for all ages.
Yes Thailand! A Bittersweet Second Attempt at Teaching English Overseas
You set the price! Words: 37,620. Language: American English. Published: June 11, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Yes Thailand! is one part memoir, one part travelogue, and five parts humor, tying together funny stories from Nielsen's childhood with the amusing obstacles inherent to working and living in Thailand. Written as a series of interconnected essays, Yes Thailand! covers everything from the humid weather to the Thai language, holidays, public restrooms, ladyboys, and visas.
A Quick Guide to Teaching English in China
You set the price! Words: 6,820. Language: American English. Published: June 10, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Teaching
This short, 6500 word handbook is designed to give people wanting to go to China to teach English an idea of what to expect. It covers the differences--the pros and cons--of going to work for a public school versus a training school in China. It will help you decide which one appeals to you more and outlines the visa requirements and qualifications you'll need to work there.
I Dream of Flying Pancakes (And Other Dream Journal Stories)
Price: Free! Words: 14,260. Language: American English. Published: June 10, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Dream interpretation, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Do you keep a dream journal? Well, you should! Dreams are fascinating and can make for some great short stories. At least, the author of The Second Page thinks so. Over the years, he has meticulously recorded every dream he could remember in as much detail as possible. I Dream of Flying Pancakes is a small collection of his favorite ones.
Yes China! An English Teacher's Love-Hate Relationship with a Foreign Country
You set the price! Words: 86,490. Language: American English. Published: May 14, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Yes China! is a funny, self-deprecating, and brutally honest travelogue/memoir about teaching English in modern China. The author, an American fish out of water, shares a unique perspective on the Chinese classroom as well as what it's like growing up post Mormonism and how living abroad helped him overcome those insecurities.
The Second Page: An Offbeat Fantasy Adventure
You set the price! Words: 86,860. Language: American English. Published: May 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Sterling Page never thought that, some day, he'd be sailing across the ocean with a robot, a fairy, a hot-tempered teddy bear, and a sewer lizard. But when a strange creature breaks into his house and tells him his sister is still alive, Page embarks on an adventure to another world to find her.

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