Rob Wood

Biography

After completing college and a two year tour of duty in the Army, award winning author Rob Wood followed in the footsteps of his forefathers and spent several decades cowboying in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. Pursuing a calling to dude ranching, producing rodeos and ranch real estate allowed him to fulfill many of his childhood dreams. Rob honed his storytelling skills around campfires of the Rocky Mountain west.
Rob’s first book of short stories, “The 5 Greatest Spankings of All Time” was published in 2012 to critical acclaim. The Texas Association of Authors awarded it First Place in the Short Story Fiction category of their 2012 Literary Awards. Rob’s new book “Let’s Scare Mom” unfolds around those original tales and continues to pack the tastes and smells of the 1950’s into his humorous and very personal stories.
Aside from writing, Rob enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, cooking indoors as well as over an open fire and riding a good horse along the Continental Divide. Rob, his wife Ellen and their dogs Babe and Casey currently live outside of Dallas, Texas.

Smashwords Interview

What prompted you to write this book?
"Let’s Scare Mom" is a book that was almost never written. In late 2011, I decided to record some of my childhood adventures to pass along to my grandchildren, before Old Man Time or the overexposure to Merlot washed them out to sea, never to return. The result was a small book of short stories which I called "The 5 Greatest Spankings of All Time" and I self-published in 2012 through Amazon and Smashwords. Wow, some of my more affectionate family members actually referred to me as an “author”. I liked the ring of that!
To my great surprise, that little book was embraced by a relatively small but enthusiastic group of new readers, well outside the family circle. This modest success, in no small part, was due to the Amazon and Smashwords marketing platforms. I was (and still am) honestly flattered by the favorable reaction I received from folks that I didn't even know. One message I heard repeatedly while gloating in my unforeseen accomplishment was, “I would like to see you expand your stories into an entire memoir. Spankings is too short…we want to hear more.”
I gave the prospect of such an endeavor considerable thought. I finally arrived at the decision; Why not make a run at it? I had a good time putting together the first book…right, and writing is something I actually enjoy. It sure beats sitting around in my spare time opening mail from AARP, hearing aid marketers, and The Scooter Store.
So, that is how "Let’s Scare Mom" came to be. It proved to be a very gratifying journey for me and I hope you enjoy reading it half as much as I enjoyed walking in my childhood shoes…one last time. RW
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Smashwords is a reliable source for new Indie works as well as mining the churn at Amazon.
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Books

Let's Scare Mom
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 91,810. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Let’s Scare Mom looks back through my eyes at the 1950s and lays open some of my more memorable adventures growing up on a ranch with two brothers and my best friend, confidant and canine companion…Snorkie. Laced throughout the chapters is an unmistakable message addressing family dynamics that will surely conjure up events of your own childhood.
The 5 Greatest Spankings of All Time
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 19,380. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
“The 5 Greatest Spankings of all Time” invites you to step into a fifty-five year old time capsule, to a simpler time when the misadventures of three young brothers growing up on a small ranch in the 1950’s stretch their parent’s patience and sanity to the breaking point. Taking place in the shadows of World War II, this tale not only unfolds the amusing and humorous events that led up to the “5 Greatest Spankings” but it conveys a flavorful and reminiscent glimpse of a time gone by, as the tastes and smells of the 50’s come rushing back. Readers of any adult generation will be entertained by the boy’s ability to effortlessly transform relatively innocent intentions into calamity and chaos. Laced throughout the chapters is an unmistakable underlying message addressing family dynamics and relationships that will surely summon to mind events of your own childhood. May laughter and joy be your companions as you journey through the adventures with these 1950’s versions of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

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