Charles Rocha

Biography

Charles Rocha is a graduate of Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, with a B.A. in English and an M.A. in British Literature. Currently he works as an ESL instructor in the city of Dnipro, Ukraine. He has had stories and essays published in small journals and online story websites.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I started publishing in earnest around the year 2002, while I was in grad school. I had some success getting published in small journals and magazines. (In those days, the hopeful author still had to mail printed copies of material to prospective agents and publishers.) Around that time, I moved to Ukraine to start my teaching career, which effectively ended my ability to submit work for publication due to logistics, i.e., an unreliable postal system. When self-publishing services such as Smashwords became popular, I simply decided to take advantage of the opportunity for its low cost and "100 percent acceptance rate" for getting published.
Where do you get your ideas from?
Ideas come to me out of the blue and at the most unexpected times. These ideas often fall outside my immediate realm of thought and experience, which makes me wonder where they really do come from. That said, I have no shortage of ideas for stories; I only lack the time to write them all. When I sit down to write a new story, the question I ask myself is not "what should I write," but rather, "which story should I write." Not all the ideas that come to me are good ones. It is often hard to tell if they are. Sometimes, I don’t know if the idea was really a good one until I have finished the story and then go back to read it.
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Where to find Charles Rocha online

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Books

Time, Space & Spirit
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,200. Language: American English. Published: May 13, 2024 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Time, Space & Spirit is a collection of twenty-four short stories of horror, the surreal, and the supernatural.
Seasons of the Rat
Price: Free! Words: 19,610. Language: American English. Published: April 30, 2023 . Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Pets & livestock » Rodents, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
(4.00 from 1 review)
Here is a photo journal that documents the lives of some pet rats who happen to live in Ukraine along with their owner. This unique type of journal consists of over 500 photos and covers four generations of rats over a period of seven years, from before and after the COVID epidemic and into the war in Ukraine.
Eyes Like Black Pearls
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,390. Language: American English. Published: April 4, 2023 . Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Pets & livestock » Rodents
Here's another collection of stories, poems, and other works inspired by rats. In this volume, you will learn how to identify the signs of rat addiction, set up a rat-tour business in your city, engage effectively in rat activism, and much more! Also included is a journal of the remarkable lives of the author’s 13 rats in Dnipro, Ukraine, picking up where "Lo, the Mighty Rat!" left off a year ago.
Haunted Realms
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,560. Language: American English. Published: May 24, 2022 . Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters » Role Playing & Fantasy
Haunted Realms is an adventure module for the Fantasy Knights role-playing game system. To use it, you need a copy of the Fantasy Knights rules, a pencil, paper, and six-sided dice.
Fantasy Knights
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,440. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2022 . Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters » Role Playing & Fantasy
Fantasy Knights is an introductory sword-and-sorcery role-playing system for experienced gamemasters and beginning adventurers. To play it, you need only a pencil, paper, and six-sided dice. It is suitable for short campaigns and one-off adventures.
The Aperture
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 264,720. Language: American English. Published: April 30, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
CIA Agent Connie Bain puts on a magical bracelet confiscated from a suspected terrorist and finds herself transported to a parallel universe, where she is unwittingly pressed into a quest to save the world from Chaos.
Lo, the Mighty Rat
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,340. Language: American English. Published: February 22, 2022 . Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Pets & livestock » Rodents
(4.00 from 1 review)
Here is a collection of stories, poems, memoirs, and religious texts inspired by rats. In this unusual book, you will find rat poetry, science fiction stories about rats, philosophical speculation about the spiritual nature of the rat, a guide on how to harness "The Power of the Rat" through meditation, and much more! Also included is a photo journal of the author's numerous Ukrainian rats.
Visiting Spirits
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,750. Language: American English. Published: January 16, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
What you’ll find here is a curated collection of stories and poems for those who exist psychologically outside the mainstream or who are looking for something a little different from the usual literary fare. Some of these stories are strange or may touch you in odd ways. You’ve been warned!
Zyloft
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 128,670. Language: American English. Published: December 12, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Sometime in the near future, an antidepressant drug called Zyloft will be released, which will have the unexpected side effect of allowing some people to see their past lives. Here is a collection of stories related to Zyloft and the experiences of those who see their past lives (whether they like it or not) and the effects of their past-life recollections on their present lifetimes.
Twisted Ring
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,680. Language: American English. Published: December 12, 2021 . Categories: Screenplays » Sci-Fi
This is the final version of the screenplay "Twisted Ring,” which is based on the science fiction novel, Beyond the Twisted Ring.
Very Long Nights
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 159,100. Language: American English. Published: October 26, 2017 . Categories: Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Books & Reading
A broad collection of essays of literary criticism and related material written by the author at Central Washington University from 1999 to 2003.
The Skinny One
You set the price! Words: 10,420. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2017 . Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
A short-but-compelling collection of experimental poems on various themes.
Очень длинная ночь
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,100. Language: Russian. Published: August 27, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Рассказы о невероятном и сверхъестественном. Stories of the Surreal and Supernatural. This is a Russian translation of selected stories from my earlier work, A Very Long Night.
A Very Long Night
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,400. Language: American English. Published: August 27, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
A Very Long Night is a collection of twenty-seven literary short stories on various life situations, many with surreal or ironic twists.
Unprojected Images
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 120,030. Language: American English. Published: August 27, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Unprojected Images is collection of fourteen short stories of the surreal and supernatural.
A Stranger in Eden
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 129,020. Language: American English. Published: August 27, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
A man from our century is awoken from cryosleep 100 years from today to find himself in a dystopian society based on Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.
Beyond the Twisted Ring
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 129,760. Language: American English. Published: August 27, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A prototype synthetic human (synth) created in a lab using computer-created DNA is inadvertently released into the world. As her would-be captors close in, she enters a quest to discover whether she has a soul.