Abraham spent his formative years in rural Colorado, where he was born. He has also lived in Northern Nevada, Virginia, and Northwest Arkansas. These disparate environments and local cultures have had a great impact on Abraham's view of America and his writing styles. Though educated as a computer programmer, Abraham hopes to be a full-time writer in the near future.
What is your latest project, Going Gone, about and why did you write it?
This anthology is a collection of 12 short stories that are all related, in some respect or another, to the events that unfold in the very first short story. Specifically, there is an assassination of a Middle Eastern leader, that then has serious effects worldwide. The remaining stories are about those effects, written from the perspective of former intelligence members, a kid walking to the YMCA in New York City, a rock star right before a concert, a reporter investigating a cult, even from the perspective a new form of artificial intelligence. There are several reasons I wrote this anthology. First, it’s a project I’ve been wanting to finish for some time now, and the more time went by, the more I would see subjects that I had written about in the news. So, felt like what I was writing about was pertinent to the state of world right now. Second, I’ve always been fascininated with history in general, and the causes of wars and calamities in particular. How some seemingly minor events can cause huge reactions in many countries, and I realized that something like that could easily happen now, because of how global and interconnected we’ve become. Finally, I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing short stories, and especially enjoyed deconstructing the meanings behind some of my favorites, the symbolism and thoughts that made them up. I guess I just wanted to try my hand at using some of that symbolism in a modern setting.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Holy Cow, how hasn't it? I self-published my first short story on Amazon Kindle and offered it free (with a Prime account) and tried every way possible I could imagine to get any interest (friends, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), but only had a few people show any interest. I had heard of Smashwords in passing, but only recently really looked into it. So, I published both my short stories and have gotten more than 450 downloads each (doesn't sound like much, but I had only gotten around 20 downloads in almost a year previously). At the very least, it gets my work to a wider audience, and I can let them decide if it's any good, and what more I have to work on.
What is a single life worth? In our modern world, where wars are on the cusp of igniting at a moment’s notice, what can the death of a single person mean?
It can mean the tenuous line between peace and destruction.
Twelve intertwining yet unique lives and stories, some saved and some ended, some Going, some Gone…
A stranger walks into a wolf's den of a bar. The men there are ready to kill him just for the pleasure and thrill of seeing him die. But they quickly realize he is not to be trifled with, and that the title of Stranger could not be more apt. This is an Old West tale with a Sci-Fi twist.
A thrilling morality story unfolds, pitting a mysterious, schizophrenic homeless man against his unsuspecting adversary. Their briefly shared past, though insignificant to one, is the other’s entire focus that pushes him onto a homicidal path that has no forks and one destination.