Robert Stanek

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Robert Stanek is a dad, husband and author. Robert Stanek finished his first novel in 1986 and has been writing several books a year ever since. Today, he has over 150 published books, which have been read by millions of people around the world. Robert Stanek's books have received many awards for excellence and outstanding contributions to the writing community. Dubbed 'A Face Behind the Future' in the 1990's by The Olympian, he's been helping to shape the future of the written word for nearly two decades.

In his fiction writing, Robert Stanek transports readers to imagined worlds, including stories that take place in Ruin Mist and a BIG little place called Bugville. When Robert Stanek brought Ruin Mist to audio in 2005, the books catapulted to #1 on Audible for FOURTEEN consecutive weeks and then stayed on the Kids & YA Top 10 for the next THREE YEARS.

Smashwords Interview

What do you enjoy most about being an author?
The blank page scares many writers. I love the blank page. It’s a new canvas for my words and I love filling it. I know writer’s block is something most writers experience, but in 30 years of writing I never have. I like to think it’s because I absolutely love sitting at the keyboard and creating something new.

I know it’s also because I’m always working on several things at once. I love that about being an author too. When I write children’s books, I dream up the words, the art. I create the cover. I set the type on the page. When I write fiction, I create the characters, develop their back stories, and give them a world to play in. When I write nonfiction, I scope the work, develop the flow of topics, and write what I know.
What is your experience with independent publishing?
I signed my first contract in 1994. I’ve been a professionally published author since 1995 and an independently published author since 2001. My Ruin Mist books (Keeper Martin’s Tale, Kingdom Alliance, Fields of Honor, Mark of the Dragon, The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches, In the Service of Dragons) were some of the earliest successes in the independent publishing revolution we’re in the midst of right now.

Back in 2001 when my first indie book was released as an ebook serial there were very few indie books and even fewer indie success stories. I'd like to think I helped change that when my Ruin Mist books quickly became top sellers on Amazon. Like the little engine that could, the Ruin Mist books are the little books that could and they debuted in digital a decade before ebooks ever hit mainstream audiences.

I thought 2002 was a fantastic year when print sales of the books soared beyond my wildest expectations and I was sure that year would never be topped, never be achieved again. But then I brought Ruin Mist to audio in 2005. The books catapulted to #1 on Audible for FOURTEEN consecutive weeks and then stayed on the Kids & YA Top 10 for 180 consecutive weeks.

By 2011 I thought for sure the ride was over. That this was it for Ruin Mist, but it wasn't so. Today, more than 1 million people have read the Ruin Mist books.

Independent publishing also gave me a chance to finally bring my children’s books to the world and my children are the ones who urged him to get the Bugville Critters books published. I brought the books to audio first and then to print and digital ebook.

To bring the books to audio, I began working with voice artists in 2005 and it took four years of work with multiple voice artists to get to the release of all 28 original Bugville Critters books in audio. Once the original Bugville Critters books were released in audio, print and digital ebook, I started releasing the Bugville Jr books and Bugville Learning books I had created.

Now there are over 100 Bugville Critters, Bugville Jr, and Bugville Learning books available and those books have been read by more than 1 million people.
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Books

Complete Magic Lands Omnibus (2-in-1 Omnibus)
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 85,670. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Meet Ray and Tall. Their people spend their entire lives in a floating world. They are born, live, and die in this water-soaked place. Now they must go into the wilds alone and return with one of the great ones to prove themselves and to win the hearts of the girls they love. But their paths are much more challenging than either ever imagines.
Dragons of the Hundred Worlds Omnibus (Breath of Fire, Living Fire)
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 64,560. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
2 novels in 1 omnibus. Enter an age of titans, dragons, and heroes. For thousands of years the ageless dragons have ruled the hundred worlds, conquering all who oppose them while raising those who bring them glory. But in remote Karthold, Rastín struggles to keep alive the memories of his fallen people and fulfill the wishes of his ailing father.
Strike Force. The Cards in the Deck #2 (An NSA Spy Thriller)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,340. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
In the heart of the Middle East, former NSA agent, Scott Evers, is drawn deep into an explosive terrorist plot. Two ships in the Mediterranean were destroyed, a Navy helicopter was shot down, and two SEAL teams are missing in action. As he races to find answers, Scott is being hunted by a rogue operative that wants him dead no matter what it takes.
A Legacy of Dragons (Book #2 in the Guardians of the Dragon Realms)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,540. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Journey further into the frozen world of the Ice where the lives of many hang in the balance. Vilmos learns more about who he is and what his true powers are. Adrina starts to come into her own as she learns more about the great golden dragon she controls.Emel returns and vies for the affections of the evil king's daughter. Simultaneously, the death and dying continue.
Devil's Due. The Cards in the Deck #1 (An NSA Spy Thriller)
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Price: Free! Words: 6,900. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Still a man on the outside looking in, Scott Evers is working security onboard the Sea Shepherd, an Island class vessel performing fishery protection patrols in the Mediterranean Sea. With tensions heating up in the Mediterranean Sea and with terrorists afoot, Scott's an instant away from everything going as terribly wrong as he fears. When the dust clears, his world will never be the same again.
The Dragon, the Wizard & the Great Door (Guardians of the Dragon Realms)
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Price: Free! Words: 12,350. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Thousands of them died in the war. The survivors fled to the four corners of the lands. Some few escaped to the frozen wastes of the far north where they bide their time and plot their return. Such a hard life requires sacrifice. There are things that must be done without. But when a great plague settles in and the dying begins anew two must sacrifice themselves for the good of the many.
Absolutes
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,900. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
"Absolutes" is one of my early novellas. Absolutes melds science fact with science fiction. The brilliant boy scientist, Krzysztof Steelbridge, is blinded by ambition and ultimately consumed by it.
August Rains: A Short Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,660. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
"August Rains" is one of my early short stories. John Anderson, a retired principal, visits an old school house and must face the demons of his past. Sentimental, fun.
Silence Is Golden: A Short Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,860. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
"Silence Is Golden" is one of my early short stories. In the distant future, the universe is controlled by Majority-1. Their rule is supreme. No one dares oppose them, and so it is against all odds that Ev tries to make a stand against them. To do so, however, she must sacrifice everything and everyone she holds dear.

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