Interview with Robert Henry Willgren

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Ontario long before my writing began. Every place I have been and touched has added a piece to eventually writing.
When did you first start writing?
My first novel began and was completed in 2011.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story is set in ancient times with wizards, magic, and quests.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
For me it was the only way to get published. The chance of getting noticed by a publisher is akin to wining the lottery.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has provided the support and platform necessary to publish my works. My first novel was a bucket list item of something I have always wanted to do. After its completion, I continued to write. Smashwords gave me everything I needed to publish my first novel and subsequent others. Mark Coker provides a gateway that I didn't have and continually strives to help the growing number of authors with the tools needed to succeed in writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Going with my characters on an adventure. It's like experiencing a great story while writing it.
What do your fans mean to you?
I hope fans enjoy the journey as much as I have. They are extremely important element to a writer.
What are you working on next?
I'm still in the early stages of my current novel. When that is completed, I do not know which story to tell. An earlier work called Alice still calls out to me for its next part. Before that though, my Stones series requires the next part of the story to be told.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King and David Eddings are my favorite authors.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought of learning or experiencing something new.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With my family, reading, and thinking.
Published 2014-09-06.
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Books by This Author

Old Side of Mars
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,080. Language: Canadian English. Published: April 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Jim finds his assignment at Martian colony number 7 quite tedious. Then a series of accidents occur that throw him into the investigation and makes a startling discovery, an alien spaceship, buried in the Martian sand for over 400 years. Who is behind the acts of sabotage that could cripple the colony? Join Jim as he seeks the truth of the ship and the sabotage that few want discovered.
Stones in Play
Series: Stones, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,150. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The story continues with Dale deciding to return to the place where he befriended a special wolf called Tala. The stones are far from done with him. He feels the desire to complete a journey seemingly started by accident. Follow Dale and Tala as they go into an area that few venture into and even fewer return. The boy and his wolf will be tested by forces created during a time of darkness.
Play with Stones
Series: Stones, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,950. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
Have you ever wanted to go on an adventure? Join our unlikely hero and do what was not thought possible. Young Dale stumbles into a gateway quite by accident on the run from bullies. The discovery he finds takes him someplace that few know of. He meets new friends including an un-expectant one that looks out for him. Come, be young again, and join Dale on a life changing adventure.
Alax
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,920. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
What happens when the past reawakens and has designs for you? It wants you to suffer and pay for the actions of others. Take a journey in the shoes of a teenager whose life is turned upside down by forces beyond his control. Will he have what it takes, to not only survive, but to fight back?
Zytainium - Dimensions
Series: Zytainium, Part 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 112,870. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The conclusion to the epic Zytainium series is here. The Gasvores are at it once again, interfering in the galaxy. The ones behind the incidents on Helios and other worlds are being discovered. This mysterious race will have a final showdown in a daring grand battle where there is only one victor. Hang on to your seats as a few go to where none have been before.
Zytainium - Next
Series: Zytainium, Part 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,720. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
The journey continues in the Zytainium story. There was a short period of calm. The galaxy still had many issues to resolve and the energy shortages weren’t helping. Tarin must go with his partner to investigate. Find out if rumours of Gasvorian activity are true and what the unrest is in the systems. On top of that, the alien threat still looms. The discoveries continue.
Alice
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,560. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Alice was an average teenager, living her life. That existence changed one day when two guys walked by and told her, "watch yourself!" That threat awakened something within herself that began an unexpected journey. Others soon noticed, forcing her to learn a disturbing secret. Alice forged an unlikely alliance with three others to prevent a greater threat to her and those she cared for.
Above Contestation Tales - Neighbours
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,960. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays, Fiction » Mashups
Here’s the situation: Neighbour A: Borrows things - doesn't return them - plays loud music - uncaring - uses your electricity - gives you no peace. Neighbour B: Angry with you - shows disrespect - cuts you off - mean What do you do? This short story takes you down such a path. Are you ready for the ride?
Zytainium
Series: Zytainium, Part 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 101,220. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
We lived in a peaceful society. All seemed fine. For two village guys, a series of events changed everything. They soon realize that things are not what they seem. They take a new ship and begin searching the galaxy for the truth of what is actually going on. Join them on the adventure of a lifetime. Revised Edition.