Michael McClung

Biography

Michael McClung was born in San Antonio, Texas, but now lives in Singapore. He's had a number of odd jobs over the years, including soldier, book store manager, and bowling alley pin boy, but the oddest by far is being a father.

His first book, the Sword & Sorcery novel "Thagoth," won the Del Rey Digital first novel competition in 2002 and was published by Random House in 2003. It has been re-released as 'The Thief Who Spat In Luck's Good Eye' and is available just about everywhere ebooks are sold.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys kickball, brooding and picking scabs.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I'm currently finishing up the final edits on the third book in the Amra Thetys fantasy series. I'm also working on two other books; an old-school sword & sorcery tale(The Sword Monk Saga) and an epic fantasy series for the middle grade audience (Tarot Quest).

I'm the kind of writer that has literally dozens of projects started at any one time. Some never go anywhere. Some lie fallow for years, and then something sparks my creativity and the words just start flowing. I wish I were a more disciplined writer, and once a project reaches a critical mass, I am; but beginnings are always a bit flaky. Ideas are never a problem. Execution is the tricky bit.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Oh, I never have a problem getting out of bed. I'm an insomniac.
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Where to find Michael McClung online


Books

Pulled Spat Knocked: The Amra Thetys Chronicles Books 1, 2 & 3
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 202,310. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Gods and demons? Sorcerers and assassins? Powerful artifacts that threaten to destroy reality itself? All in a day's work for one small, scarred thief and her mage companion. This omnibus edition comprises the first three books in the Amra Thetys sword & sorcery series: The Thief Who Pulled On Trouble's Braids, The Thief Who Spat In Luck's Good Eye, and The Thief Who Knocked on Sorrow's Gate.
Comes The Conqueror: Dead Birds
Series: Comes The Conqueror, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 7,160. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The second installment in the new epic fantasy serial by Michael McClung: Vostock and Edda have survived the murderous attack in the village of Senonius, but at a price. Ahead wait new allies and new enemies, an unfathomable mystery -- and, like a spider in the center of some vast web, Aeternox, the Eternal City.
Comes The Conqueror #1: Blood & Roses
Series: Comes The Conqueror, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 7,950. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The new epic fantasy serial from Michael McClung: Vostock Soundredeson has planned for ten years to destroy his brother-in-law, Olse the Conqueror. As events begin to come to a head, Vostock must harden his resolve -- and survive the treacheries of a war-torn, near-lawless land on his way to Aeternox, the Eternal City -- the ultimate prize he intends to deliver to, and then take from Olse.
The Thief Who Pulled On Trouble's Braids (Amra #1)
Series: Amra Thetys. Price: Free! Words: 64,340. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Amra Thetys lives by two simple rules—take care of business, and never let it get personal. Thieves don't last long in Lucernis otherwise. But when a fellow rogue and good friend is butchered on the street in a deal gone wrong, she turns her back on burglary and goes after something more precious than treasure: Revenge. Book 1 in the Amra Thetys sword & sorcery fantasy series.
Silly Stories for Beginning Readers: Volume 2
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 2,400. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Beginning readers who devoured Volume 1 made their wishes clear: Turn up the silly factor! So in Volume 2, the silly is almost overpowering! Ready for ten more simple, amusing stories for children just beginning to read independently? Each story lists the target sounds and common words used, so that adults can help the beginning reader along when necessary.
The Thief Who Spat In Luck's Good Eye (Amra #2)
Series: Amra Thetys. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 74,540. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Amra the thief and Holgren the reluctant mage set out to find a mythical city that legend says holds the key to immortality. What could go wrong? Everything... The second installment of the Amra Thetys series. "McClung has an impressive ability to write compelling characters & a fast paced & action packed plot that never seems to let up." -Speculative Book Review
Silly Stories for Beginning Readers: Volume 1
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 2,100. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner, Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Words
Ten simple, amusing stories for children just beginning to read independently. Each story lists the target sounds and common words used, so that adults can help the beginning reader along when necessary. As with any reading instruction course, the pool of appropriate words is necessarily limited so as not to confuse the beginning reader.
Waste Land: A Free Sci Fi Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 6,000. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00)
We fell out of the void toward the planet that Hugo had named Eliot. Its G-class star, Pound, hung like a fiery jewel in the void. I was frozen, and Pound thawed me from an eon's sleep, gossamer arrays drinking in light and heat and literally, though indirectly, warming the frozen sludge of my blood. It brought me back to life. Five thousand others slept on. Eighteen corpses thawed, and bled...
The Sorcerer's Lament and Other Tales
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,040. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00)
Nine dark, weird and wonderful tales of fantasy, science fiction and the paranormal tinged with horror. From a boy who kills an entire world, to a mother who would give the entire world up for revenge, to a world that may actually be a god, these speculative fiction stories pull no punches. Try not to flinch.
Thagoth: A Sword & Sorcery Novella
Series: Amra Thetys. Price: Free! Words: 14,690. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Daring, quick-witted heroes in a swashbuckling sword and sorcery adventure! Amra the thief and Holgren the reluctant mage set out to find a mythical city that legend says holds the key to immortality. What could go wrong? Everything... "McClung has an impressive ability to write compelling characters & a fast paced & action packed plot that never seems to let up." -Speculative Book Review

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