Dan Absalonson


Dan first started writing stories in elementary school, where he and a friend would skip lunch and recess once a month to eat in the library while hearing all about the new books on the shelves. His love for reading, as with visual art and music, has now extended into creating his own fiction. He is also a huge fan of podcasting, and all of his stories are available for free in audio. He works as a digital artist and lives in Washington state with his beautiful family of five. Learn more at www.DanDanTheArtMan.com

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing stories in elementary school, where my best friend and I would skip lunch and recess once a month to eat in the library while hearing all about the new books on the shelves. I have always loved reading books and eventually this lead to a desire to write my own. I only got a couple chapters in, but it all started with a story about a swordsman who would travel the land looking for the best sword ever made. We see him escaping castle guards with a new stolen sword. I wrote off and on taking creative writing classes in high school and college and really started writing consistently after college. I wrote about 10K words into my first attempt at a novel but then didn't know where to go next. So I started another novel and tried to keep it as simple as possible. This one I actually finished. Shortly after I tried NaNoWriMo where I got 50K words into my next novel that November and I ended up finishing it at around 80K words that December. Since then I've written the sequel to my first novel, a novelette, a novella, and several short stories. I have yet to publish any longer works as I write this but my novella "Sword and Urn" is something I hope to publish later this year.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I love using Smashwords for many reasons but one of them is the easy distribution they provide. For whatever reason the readers in the iBookstore love my stories. I get great reviews there and quite a few comments. It has been a great encouragement for me to keep writing seeing those comments and 5 star ratings. I love that my stories are also at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony, and many other places. I just have to upload it all here and let Smashwords distribute my works in all those places for me.
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Haunted House Flipper
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,610. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
SUPERNATURAL MEETS HGTV WITH A CHRISTIAN MYTHOLOGY Ray is a friendless realtor who stumbles on supernatural tools that get rid of demons. He decides to flip haunted mansions by ridding them of demons, renovating them, then selling them for a hefty profit. Discover a new world within our own as Ray learns how to use his supernatural tools, fights demons, makes new friends, & outsmarts new enemies.
Stiff-Legged Bear
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,080. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
A SHORT STORY WHERE DUDES FIGHT AN ELEPHANT SIZED BEAR MONSTER Luke's brother Cody went missing four years ago. The police couldn’t find him. Neither could search and rescue. Everyone believed he got lost or died in an accident in the woods. Years later Luke thinks he found something to prove what happened. Maybe Cody had been right all along. Maybe the mythological monster was real.
The Realm of Fire
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,050. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Prince Drefan dreams of leading the royal army one day. His treasured plans are forgotten when the ancient royal wizard sends him on a quest that only he can accomplish. Will he be able to enter through the fading magic portal to a place called The Realm of Fire? There he must obtain a certain item that is of utmost importance to the life of the kingdom he grew up in.
Slug Teeth
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,750. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(3.00 from 1 review)
SHORT STORY Our hero wakes up alone in the woods with bite marks on his legs. What creature has done this to him? The answer is not what he was expecting.
The Case of the Missing Snowman
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 15,660. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
SMART KID MUST SOLVE A MAGICAL CRIME TO CLEAR HIS FATHER'S NAME Barnabas and his friend Jeff made a great snowman but it has gone missing! From the huge round footprints in the snow it looks like it came to life and walked off. Then they see on the news that the local bank where Barnabas's dad works, was robbed. A strange crime scene was left behind with large puddles inside and half-melted snow.
Sword and Urn
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,470. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Drade is just a villager manning a merchant table with his father Aren until two mysterious swordsman come to town. They claim they are there to take Drade and every other young man with them in their caged wagon. After a brutal sword fight helped with a magic potion Drade journeys north to the farm of his grandparents to fulfill a promise.
The Staring Stranger
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,220. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.00 from 5 reviews)
The creepy bum is always there, staring at me. Every time I ride the subway he's there. No matter what terminal I get off at, he's there. I can't escape him and I'm starting to lose it.
The Forest Trail
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,200. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
(3.00 from 1 review)
SHORT STORY ABOUT BROTHERS AND A BULLY Nolan finally gets to join his big brother and his friends on a camping trip but on the way they realize they didn't bring matches. His brother makes him go back for them alone. The forest isn't so fun without people around. In fact it's kind of creepy, and that's before Nolan literally runs into someone.
A Dark Climb
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,720. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
(4.00 from 1 review)
A short Halloween story about a new kid in town discovering just how real the local ghost story is when he's dared to climb up an old creepy tower that sits behind a mansion.
Cue Bull
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,370. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
George has given up hope on love finding him in this life and now his father, the person he was closest to, is gone. Is he destined to be alone forever? How will he sell the life sized bull statue his dad left him in his basement beside the pool table?
Helium Heart
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,070. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
SHORT STORY A young man must face the first real tragedy in his life, the loss of his best friend. Like Marley & Me but told from a kid's perspective. Get out the tissues before you start reading.
Stuffed Monster
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,460. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
SHORT STORY An ugly stuffed monster is chosen from the claw machine and taken to his new home. It was all going so well until the cat snuck in . . .
The Day She Was Born
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,210. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(3.00 from 1 review)
SHORT STORY A husband sees an armed man enter the store where his pregnant wife is shopping. He gets out of the car.
House Sitter
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,120. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
A Halloween thriller short story. When Tammy is house sitting, she get creeped out. She keeps hearing and seeing things in the dark corners of the mansion she is alone in. This time it is not her imagination, and she's about to go for the ride of her life.
Bullets and Tears
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,800. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
(3.00 from 1 review)
SHORT STORY For William killing can be part of his job. It can be shoot or be shot where he is stationed, but when that other person is a child it doesn't feel so black and white. American soldiers are on a mission to save child soldiers in Africa.
Destruction Road
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,580. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Suspense
Christian Drama | Short Novel - Will has problems. A few years ago his pregnant mother died. His Dad has reduced himself to a drunk. Dad gets violent when he drinks, which is all the time. Will decides to run away, but ends up destroying another family by taking all of his anger towards his dad out on a stranger. How will this all be reconciled?
Fezdon's Mistake
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,100. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
SHORT STORY Fezdon is a wizard - at least that's how he thinks of himself. The trouble is, no one else in the village agrees with him. He must do something big to convince them, but will his big idea prove to be more than he can handle?
Little Willie's Revenge
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,820. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Suspense
This story is based on this "Little Willie" poem: Little Willie Feeling Mean Fed his sister paris green As she lay in agony Willie boy was full of glee. Willie's mother passed away and now his dad has remarried. Now Willie has a new sister. He hates her. How far will he go to show her how he feels?
Evil Takes Flight
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,830. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
SHORT STORY Jeff Klots has a problem. Every time he comes home from school, he gets dive bombed by an evil crow on the way into his parents' house. He decides to do something about it. All he needs is a weapon that will do the job.
The Last Butterscotch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,480. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
SHORT STORY Henry Jr. and his family are excited about their newborn kittens, but when Henry goes into the barn to see them - he finds that there's an extra. It looks and weighs the same as another. Henry's mom is spooked. Where did this extra cat come from, and why does it act so strange?
Helsa's Secrect Ingredient
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,830. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
SHORT STORY Helsa and Vairgar had always done well selling their stew outside the castle walls, but now they were going to need magic. Lately none had come to visit the castle, so they had not sold any stew in many days. They had to do something.
All I Want For Christmas is a V.R. Supercube
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,920. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Family
(4.00 from 1 review)
Christmas SHORT STORY Alfred Thompson can't wait to get his V.R. SuperCube game system this year for Christmas, but there's a problem. He overhears the school bully talking with his mom in the game shop and comes to a realization. He may have just found a way to never be bullied again, but it is going to cost him.
My Last Day
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,450. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Police chase SHORT STORY - in the future with flying cars. It's police Captain Matt Selznick's last day on the job, and he's going to make sure he ends his career on a high note. Rather than ending with a customary day at the desk, he goes out in the field impersonating a criminal transporter to pick up a bad guy and bring him in for questioning. Sounds simple right? If only it had been.

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Smashwords book reviews by Dan Absalonson

  • The Fox on May 15, 2012

    An epic tale of deep love, ancient history, and modern archaeology. This book may have taken me a long time to read at one hundred and thirteen thousand some words, but it was well worth it and it seemed much shorter. This book is worth your time and money, but lucky for you it's free so you owe it to yourself to download this story and enjoy it for a good long while. I really liked the back and forth between the ancient and modern times. The characters were well done and believable in both time frames, and it never bothered me jumping from one time to another. I never felt jolted out of one time and thrust into another, it just flowed. Now that I think of it, pulling that off could not have been easy but Arlene did it really well. If you like romance, drama, archaeology, even some great action - then this story is for you. Sometimes it's really nice to be able to curl up with a book for a good long while, knowing you have a lot of story to go and the fun won't end soon. Some of my favorite books are the ones that took me a long time to read. When I read The Kite Runner it was over the course of about a year, but I enjoyed it and think back fondly on toting around that huge tome. It was the same with The Historian, and it's the same way with this treasure - you don't have to worry about the end of the story coming up on you soon because it's magic and story keep going for a long time. I think you'll find as I did though that before you know it though, the story has ended and you're left with many fond memories and new friends. There were a few parts that I felt were a bit slow, but there were also parts that just about brought me to tears and many exciting parts. In my mind those parts more than equal out the book overall to be a great read. I don't usually read this genre of book, but I'm glad I read this one. I really liked the ending, it was exciting.