Interview with Neil

What motivated you to become an indie author?
The stories I write used to be novel length, but are now considered novella's, and the big publishers don't publish those length stories, so I decided to publish them myself.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By giving me the tools to publish quality E books at an affordable price.
What are you working on next?
polishing the other stories in the various series I have written so that I can publish them, and I am working on a new series that is taking some interesting turns.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert Heinlien, Larry Niven, and Alan Dean Foster
Published 2016-10-06.
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Books by This Author

The Pirates of Orion's Belt: Dead Men Tell No Tales?
Series: The Pirates of Orion's Belt. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,500. Language: American English. Published: September 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
On the planet Tortuga, the owner of the bar, Condo Martin, has apparently died. As pirates from around the sector come to pay their respects Meserplunkt and Griff learn of another legendary treasure on a planet that is accessible only when two ships act in tandem. Together they go to the planet and find a Midas fountain. Now they must find a way to get the treasure safely off the planet.
The Pirates Of Orion's Belt: Cursed Treasure
Series: The Pirates of Orion's Belt. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,320. Language: American English. Published: October 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
RanJon was not aboard the Silver Raven, Meserplunkt's ship, when she disappeared on their quest for the treasure, a fact that would haunt him until RanJon met Britney, a bouncy blue eyed brunette who would gather a crew in an attempt to rescue the pirates on the Silver Raven. With the help of three dragons, and two brothers who can speak to planets, Meserplunkt and crew escape the cursed planet.
The Pirates of Orion's Belt: Beyond That Horizon
Series: The Pirates of Orion's Belt. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,910. Language: American English. Published: March 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
As a young boy, Meserplunkt learned of the location of the second legendary treasure. A planet where jewel fountains provide all the treasure a pirate could desire, if they can keep the planet from eating them, ship and all.
The Press Wars II: The Terrorists.
Series: The Press Wars. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,150. Language: American English. Published: June 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The presses had behaved themselves for several years, until the terrorists blew up an inhabited planet, the first of a three pronged attack that would pit Cal Wheams against an old enemy and leave the common man wondering how much of the war had been the starving presses begging for attention.
The Pirates of Orion's Belt: The Dragonworld
Series: The Pirates of Orion's Belt. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,350. Language: American English. Published: November 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Meserplunkt is a pirate captain of a ship called the Silver Raven. While on the Pole, a planet used by pirates for carnal pleasures, Meserplunkt finds a map to the Dragonworld, and the treasures hidden there. Before he can steal the treasure he must thwart the plans of his mutinous first mate and then avoid the intrigue of a civil war taking place on the Dragonworld.
Time Planet
Series: Time Ships, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,270. Language: American English. Published: August 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
25 years ago, Cal Wheams worked on a time machine. Now a timeship captain is asking for his help to move a planet that has been pulled into the past back to it’s appropriate place in the present. Meanwhile, Angela, his wife, must keep a group of rebel rodents from destroying the planet when it returns.
An Adventure at the Hangman’s Noose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,940. Language: American English. Published: August 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A simple stop at the Hangman’s Noose for a drink leads Sherri on an adventure to help a new found race in the gray mists of subspace end a war between the other two groups that live there. She will work with the owner of the Hangman’s Noose and with the help of four other customers defeat an arms dealer and bring peace to the creatures of subspace.
The Press Wars
Series: The Press Wars. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,160. Language: American English. Published: May 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
When The Press Wars break out, they leave Cal Wheams trapped on a small remote world. To survive till help arrives he takes cover with a beautiful local reporter. Help arrives in the form of his pen pal/girlfriend, adding more complications to an already tense situation. Now Cal must ease the tensions between the two women, and deal with the leader of the other side to forge a peace treaty.
Toys and Time Machines
Series: Time Ships, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,980. Language: American English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Cal Wheams is a man of many talents. In addition to writing, he is a toy maker. Now a mysterious visitor has arrived, asking him to make a toy that will lead him into his own past, and will pit him against one of the vilest villains in the galaxy.
The Storyteller: To be Continued.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,480. Language: American English. Published: October 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
The title of this collection comes in two parts. My daughter made me a cross stitch picture of a story teller (with the insinuation that I was a story teller), and then I thought of all of the shows that have two part episodes and how some of my stories are my view of what happens next or is the prequel to something else I have written or hope to write. Hope you enjoy them.
Some Sci-Fi for the Stage
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,780. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2013. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
It is difficult to write a stage play in a science fiction setting, but with a bit of creative back stage work and some imagination these two one act plays should satisfy some of the science fiction fans out there.
Cowboys and Indians
Series: The Blind Blacksmith. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,270. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The next generation of blacksmiths arrive on Altron in time to help Stephen Alphonzo (the blind blacksmith) forge a new treaty with the knifewraiths, but they find they must soon leave to help forge a treaty with off-worlders who are threatening the rest of the civilized worlds of the galaxy. Sequel to: The Blind Blacksmith.
The Blind Blacksmith
Series: The Blind Blacksmith. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,940. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
In the 22nd century, a blind man uses the blacksmith's tools to defeat an enemy of the humans on a distant planet where much of the modern technology has failed.