Gary Ballard

Biography

I began writing things down at the age of eleven, and I haven't stopped since. I have written far too many things that have gone unpublished, from very terrible horror novels in my teens, to comics during my time at Belhaven College until finally settling on cyberpunk science fiction after graduation. My first novel (Under the Amoral Bridge) is part of a larger series called The Bridge Chronicles. The second novel in the series, The Know Circuit has just been released. The Bridge Chronicles in turn is one slice of cohesive universe that began as a pen-and-paper roleplaying game.

I currently live with my beautiful wife and three very insane dogs in Mississippi, where I continue to write my novels and blog on my personal blog at http://gameangst.blogspot.com.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
Since I have a day job, I can't write every day. So instead, I set aside some time on Saturdays and Sundays to write. I'll get up in the morning, walk the dogs, eat my cereal while watching football then go upstairs and write. To avoid distractions, I put on the headset and crank up something on Spotify that fits the mood of what I'm writing - for horror, I'll do death or doom metal, for cyberpunk maybe some industrial or Tom Waits.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm a graphic designer by trade, so I'm able to do my own cover designs. I like to focus the design around one visual element that is usually a photograph of some kind that fits the theme of the novel, then add layers on top of it. Finding a good type treatment for the title is essential and involves looking through hundreds of font combinations.
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Where to find Gary Ballard online


Where to buy in print


Books

The Metal Black
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Series: The Stepping Stone Cycle, Episode 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,140. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
While searching for his missing wife, Dr. Jack Carter is drawn to the site of a gruesome double murder in small-town Mississippi. Two normal teen boys have killed two girls with the same name as Jack's wife, quoting lyrics from a doom metal song before killing themselves. Their mother sues the band, and when Jack joins the case, he finds a mystery that threatens to destroy his fragile sanity.
First Stone
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Series: The Stepping Stone Cycle, Episode 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 31,400. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Forensic psychologist Dr. Jack Carter wakes from a semi-catatonic state with no memory of the previous year. Jack is the prime suspect in the disappearance of his wife, Sarah.When a serial killer in coal country claims to have killed her, Jack and FBI Agent Bill West investigate, finding a deeply disturbed amnesiac and a deeper cosmic mystery that goes beyond anything they could imagine.
The Complete Bridge Chronicles, Books 1-4
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Series: The Bridge Chronicles, Book 8. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 234,780. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
This collection is available as an eBook only, a fantastic collection of Books 1 -4 of the critically-acclaimed cyberpunk series, The Bridge Chronicles, starring Artemis Bridge, the amoral fixer of the future. It contains the full text of Under the Amoral Bridge, The Know Circuit, if [tribe] = and The Long and the Short Swords, as well as two short stories.
The Long and the Short Swords
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Series: The Bridge Chronicles, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,440. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
Bridge didn’t get involved with his clients, especially clients who put him at risk. All the fugitive killer Logan wanted was someone to forge him a new identity. This simple job gets complicated by the secrets from Logan's past, a clan of religious assassins from ancient Japan. This thriller is the fourth in the critically-acclaimed Bridge Chronicles cyberpunk series.
Tales from the Bridge Chronicles, Volume 1
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Series: The Bridge Chronicles, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,080. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The near-future world of Artemis Bridge has been critically-acclaimed in the Bridge Chronicles. In this diverse collection of cyberpunk short stories, Ballard dissects the inner workings of credit assassinations, illustrates what happens to GlobalNet ID’s of the deceased, and details the initiation of the mysterious technomancers in ten exciting short stories, some never before published.
The Bridge Chronicles Trilogy
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Series: The Bridge Chronicles, Book 7. Price: $5.25 USD. Words: 177,700. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
This collection is available as an eBook only, a fantastic collection of Books 1 -3 of the critically-acclaimed cyberpunk series, The Bridge Chronicles, starring Artemis Bridge, the amoral fixer of the future. It contains the full text of Under the Amoral Bridge, The Know Circuit and if [tribe] =, as well as two short stories.
if [tribe] =
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Series: The Bridge Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,350. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
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L.A. street gang Los Magos' leader is assassinated by the rival El Diablos, both members of the Five Families. Gang war would bring the wrath of the corporate police department down on all the Families. Amoral fixer Artemis Bridge discovers the war is more than tribal bloodletting, and must use his wits to stop the war before it escalates to genocide in the latest Bridge Chronicles novel.
The Bridge Chronicles, Books 1 & 2
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Series: The Bridge Chronicles, Book 6. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 102,790. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
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This edition collects Books 1 & 2 of the critically-acclaimed cyberpunk series, The Bridge Chronicles, starring Artemis Bridge, the amoral fixer of the future. It contains the full text of both Under the Amoral Bridge and The Know Circuit, as well as two short stories that were only available in the published editions.
The Know Circuit
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Series: The Bridge Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,610. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Artemis Bridge can get you what you need no matter how immoral or illegal. When the city of Boulder is trapped in a mysterious dome, he sets aside his detachment to help his bodyguard Aristotle. Every step he takes towards the dome deepens the mystery, with flaming dragons, robotic golems and disturbing visions driving Bridge to a life-altering conclusion.
Under the Amoral Bridge
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Series: The Bridge Chronicles, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,020. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2009. Category: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
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Artemis Bridge is the know-to, go-to guy, the amoral fixer in 2028 Los Angeles with the connection for your illicit desires. When an associate dies in his arms, he is burdened with a damaging video of the current mayor. With assassins dogging his every step, he has only days before the corrupt mayor is re-elected. This taut futuristic cyberpunk thriller is the debut novel by Gary A. Ballard.