Anthony Mays


Probably not, but you should. Anthony Mays, the author of the ‘Halfway to’ themed books, chose to use the ‘halfway to’ expression based on his road travels around the country. Seemingly, he was halfway to his destination when a character, plot, or location came to his imagination taken from things he saw along the way. Throughout the remainder of the trip, a strong, mental outline followed on how he planned to use those elements.

HONORED to be added to the Illinois Authors Wiki, a project of the Illinois Center for the Book. It is a comprehensive resource for information on authors, photographers and illustrators who have published books and have lived in Illinois or written about Illinois.

Writing books became a natural extension from Anthony’s career in the U.S. government where he wrote briefings, operating procedures, and instructional guides. His biggest challenge in making the transition was moving from writing succinct, factual, bulleted ideas to writing prose narrative for a fully developed novel.

Along with his wife, Sherry, he lives in southern Illinois and enjoys sharing the experiences of their three children, their significant others, and four blessed grandchildren. Most vacations are spent near water where Anthony envisions finding the next great treasure trove. In the meantime, he is excited to take pieces of his life experiences and mold them into fictional works of art.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
About thirty plus years ago I wrote a children's story called 'Zephyrus' and then followed it up with a few others that were going to be part of a anthology, but life got in the way. I didn't get back into writing until about eight years ago when I started my first novel, Halfway to a Southern Heart. That was five years in the making.
What is your writing process?
Generally, I've already chosen a story plot, and then make an outline of the chapters and choose the characters and their names. But I treat all my notes as living documents, as I inevitably make changes along the way. When I am in writing mode, I try to generate about 1,000 words a day, but I've learned not to force anything.
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Where to find Anthony Mays online


Halfway to a Vineyard
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 51,860. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Sam Champion is a military man through and through. A pilot in the U.S. Coast Guard, his dedication and skills serve to save lives. However, his wife is not thrilled with the perils of his chosen career. With another child on the way, she convinces him to hang up his uniform for a safer occupation. They move to the northwest coast – to her namesake family vineyard. But, a new danger finds them.
Halfway to to a Southern Heart
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,750. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
Rebecca grew up in a well-to-do family in Memphis. For years, her father wanted her to marry the son of a family friend, but Rebecca did not love him. No sooner had she turned eighteen, she became pregnant by Vernon; a man she barely knew. Before she could share the good news with him, he suddenly left Memphis, never to return.
Halfway to Uncertainty
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 64,060. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Dwight Morris and his lifelong friend formed a business partnership that quickly made them millions. A fishing trip to Miami changed everything when Colin unwittingly came into possession of Colombian drug cartel information. Before his untimely death, Colin encoded the information and embedded it onto company software.
Halfway to Creepy 2
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,550. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Stories just got creepier with Halfway to Creepy 2. This book is the second in a collection of bizarre, short stories that are sure to stir your imagination and take you on a psychological journey. If you are into spooky, the weird, curious or odd, then you must read Creepy 2.
Halfway to Creepy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,670. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
This book is a collection of bizarre, short stories that stem from my childhood memories of watching too many Alfred Hitchcock movies and Twilight Zone episodes. You may find there is a certain familiarity about them from your own experiences. There seems to be little distinction between the definitions of horror and creepy, but I believe horror is more imagery whereas creepy is more imagination.
Halfway to Magnolia House
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,140. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Laura Wingate's life was falling apart, so she packed up and temporarily returned to Magnolia House where she uncovers clues to its Civil War history. Never could she imagine what events lay ahead.
Halfway to the Truth
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 64,700. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Reese Summers was a small town reporter, that is, until her writing talents were noticed by a Savannah editor. She was quickly offered a job at the Savannah Daily as an investigative reporter. It wasn't long before she was assigned to start snooping around the Drakos Shipping Company. Viktor Drakos had long been at odds with the newspaper and its editor over his company's safety record a

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