A. L. Gates


As a young boy growing up in Chattanooga Tennessee, A.L. Gates had a desire to write and tell stories. His father preferred and insisted that he go into a profession that provided stability. A.L. continued to write, but the finished products were kept to himself. A.L. attended the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga where he received a B.S. in Education. When A.L. left teaching he discovered self-publishing, an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. He decided it would provide him with the opportunity to see if he had what it took to be a professional writer.

As a teacher A.L. often spoke of being a “Lifelong Learner”. He finds motivation to write by learning a new writing skill each and every day so that he will become a proficient and skilled writer. He hopes that his works will inspire a reader to turn the page and continue the journey. During the day AL. is determined to write 2,000 “good words” every day. He has been a very busy man behind the computer, currently working on three novels. One of which is, “The Evangelist’s Pawn” serial-novel which will be launched in 2016. When the sun dips below the horizon and A.L. can escape from behind the computer, he enjoys meeting with friends to throw a friendly game of darts and enjoy a cold adult beverage.

You can follow A.L. Gates on his Facebook author page, that he maintains and updates on a regular basis. He often posts snippets of stories or books that he is working on.

Smashwords Interview

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has allowed me to realize the writer that I am. I can publish my works and edit when needed. The interface is the simplest and cleanest of all self-publishing websites. I am able to spend more time writing and less time getting my book to market.

It is also possible to reach more potential readers since Smashwords publishes to all of the major E-retailers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating characters that readers can relate to. I enjoy having a reader tell me that they enjoyed a character and how the character reacted during the story or book.
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Where to buy in print


Scenic City Cafe Volume Two
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,480. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
The master of Southern Supernatural Fiction is back with ten short stories whose roots are entwined in the buckle of the Bible Belt. Come on into the cafè and sit with Mr. Gates while he weaves tales of the supernatural and strange that are set among the magnolia trees of his Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Scenic City Cafè
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,510. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Riveting, raw and macabre. Three words that sum up the collection of short stories you will find in AL Gates’ Scenic City Café, where life (and death) are not always what they seem. His beloved Chattanooga, TN is often the backdrop for these stories, several of which have been published in writing journals, and one, "The Chase", is a Chattanooga Writers Guild award-winner.

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