Frank Buchan

Biography

I am a computer programmer by trade, and own a business that absorbs between 200 and 300 hours a month; I have a wife and young daughter, and for two days a week to I get to be Mister Mum. Those are the best two days of my week, and being Mister Mum is about the only thing I need to be good at any more. I am further blessed in that working for myself, I can be available for my daughter the other five days when required.

I also have five cats, all of them demanding attention whenever the mood strikes them, which is expressed with a vengeful disregard for me that only a cat could express while still retaining its sense of dignity – all other creatures would be deeply ashamed of themselves. Oh, how I wish I were a cat. (The three dogs are much kinder to me, but also rather demanding.

Though I write obsessively, life being what it is, I haven’t enough time to dedicate to making the stories letter-perfect. Editorial work falls by the wayside too often, and what I end up with are, at best, rough gems. The first book I posted here was priced as an experiment, and will be free if I can ever proof it again, since my gut feel is that eBooks will never be an economic force in my lifetime, at least for writers. All other books will be free, because it is the only way I can forgive the inability to proof them as they deserve. It reduces the sting of knowing there are some errors in them; and it recognizes that, realistically, few people will actually pay for any product if they can get a similar substitute for free. I have no illusions about my talents as a writer, and know that while I am better than some, I am never going to be the best -- that honour will befall someone new every few hours.

I appreciate hearing from readers who have the ability to be ruthless as required, and kind as inspired. Anyone who wants to, can contact me via twitter or my blog or email (frank.buchan@gmail.com, and make the subject line include the word Smashwords so it doesn't get tossed to spam). If you wish a personal reply, combine an email address with some patience and I will do my best. I do ask for polite communications, though. If you're so angry you need to swear at someone, or belittle someone, feel free to direct that toward the actual cause of your grief – my time is too short to expend it fighting pointless battles with strangers and those types of communications end up in my junk mail where they belong. That I even have to write that reminds me how unpleasant contacts made via the Internet can be.

Some day, perhaps, I will win a lottery and have the resources to seek editorial perfection in my work; but until then I will still publish what I can, because it is a compulsion that cannot be denied.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the run. Or, with less dramatic flair, I moved a lot, never staying anywhere more than a few short years. In some cases I traversed thousands of miles (kilometres if you prefer) in mere months. That lack of roots left me detached from places and people, and gave me a desire to explore both.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote a short novella at the age of nine, which won several awards; but, in fact, my grandmother used to play tape recordings of me at the age of 4, regaling my brother, sister, and cousins with adventure stories. Had I been able to write then, I probably would have been. And since I basically learned to tell stories verbally, my writing tends to reflect that focus on storytelling, and an aware disregard for perfection of grammar. (After all, people do not speak perfect English!)
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Frank Buchan online


Books

Sisters In Arms
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Series: The 9 Sisters, Book 3. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 74,150. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
After a devastating battle with Dari Dyce the nine sisters have found a new home in the idyllic countryside, but the country housing their new home is at war. As they strive to find their balance alone in the world they must decide whether to stand for what they believe is right, or to cloister themselves and stand for their private interests.
Rogue Hunter
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Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 75,450. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Humankind is passing, and those who stand between order and chaos are offered a final chance to rise above the madness of the past. In a place of darkness, with the light of hope so long extinguished, the choices of the few will determine the fate of all that remains.
Sister Lost
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Series: The 9 Sisters, Book 2. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 61,130. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The nine witches of Elba have grown into their magic. But the scars left by the evil Lady Dari Dyce run deep, and she has not forgiven her defeat. While Hemming wrestles with magic he doesn’t understand, leaving the sisters to fend for themselves, Dyce and her lapdog Montague Franz are plotting evil that will test the commitment of the witches and perhaps destroy them all.
The Penny
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Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 38,500. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When actor Kristen Ward’s choices land her on insurance risk lists, the price she pays to get a coveted role is being assigned a babysitter. Assigned to Ward for seven weeks, with directions to keep her sober and focused, William Masters decides to make the best of it. He soon realises Kristen Ward needs a bodyguard less than she needs a friend, and commits to doing right by her.
The End of Times
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Series: The Alcester Detectives, Book 7. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 86,300. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
The Church of Stones is planning for the end of the world, and its founder finds his own end before the world itself, leaving the Detectives of Alcester’s East End to find out exactly who the murdered man really is, and why he found himself tortured to death.
When the Devil Comes Knocking
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Series: The Alcester Detectives, Book 6. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 81,220. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
A severed foot and a ritualistic murder keep the Detectives of Alcester’s East End as busy as ever, as their team grows past a series of conflicts and challenges that might break a weaker squad.
When Angels Fall
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Series: The Alcester Detectives, Book 5. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 75,490. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
When crime boss Jimi Lee asks Detective Andrew Mackenzie for help in finding out what happened to a friend’s missing daughter, it leads the Detectives of Coombs Street to a case that uncovers new miseries at every turn.
None Live Forever
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Series: The Alcester Detectives, Book 4. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 81,320. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
With Detective Andrew Mackenzie mentoring the day-shift rookie, and Detective Tim Hudson settling into his new role as day-shift lead, the team manages a handful of cases that challenge their patience, and pit them against the clock again, with the possible price of closing maybe just too high.
The Queen of Cascade High
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Series: Cascade Falls, Book 2. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 93,750. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Former ice princess Virginia Hughes returns to complete her last year of high school alongside the impenetrable Steve Carter. But the new Queen of Cascade High, Shania Crispin, is gunning to take away Steve and is willing to do anything to have what she thinks she wants.
The Sweet Night
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Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 105,700. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
When passively suicidal capitalist Randy Crisp discovers a damsel in distress in his woodpile, he has no idea Elisha Cummings is neither as young as she appears, nor as human, though she is in distress. A lunatic vampire named Shevida believes having her will fulfil a prophecy and make him unassailable, and it will take all of Randy’s smarts to get the best of Shevida.
Pop Star
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Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 39,410. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Pop star Cassie Carlton’s career and marriage are in a shambles, and her new CD release may be her last. When she meets pilot John Willis, under trying circumstances, she finds that just maybe life can be simpler than the world would have her believe.
Talent
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Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 168,940. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
In the land of Môhg lies unspeakable power. Only the bravest and most foolish traverse the barred bridge into the foul place, in an annual contest against its unknown horrors. Each seeks to their own purpose. For some, like a young magic user named Talent, their quest might curse the world.
The 9 Sisters
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Series: The 9 Sisters, Book 1. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 71,110. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A great army moving south ravages a town where nine young women exercise enough wit to avoid becoming spoils of war. Their gambit is buttressed by an old wizard, who decides to imbue them with real magic. And their journey alongside him, surrounded by the chaos of war, will test their secrets, their sisterhood, and their will.
The 15th Dragon
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Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 88,780. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
For generations the Dragoneers stood against corrupting magic, until the fateful Battle of Castle Moor. Now, twenty-two years later, a new threat has risen from the mountains, and in an age bereft of its Dragoneers, the young King of Parthia turns to a broken man to reform what was lost, to face an undefeated monster, and to bring peace to a shattered world.
The Cascade Hotel
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Series: Cascade Falls, Book 1. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 71,680. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
The Hughes family has one hope left to recover their finances, the creepy old Cascade Hotel. In trying to help her father, downtrodden ice princess Virginia Hughes volunteers to handle night watch duty beside the inscrutable Steve Carter. Instantly making him the focus of her anger, she also makes him her anchor amidst personal chaos.
For All These Wicked Things We Dream
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Series: The Alcester Detectives, Book 3. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 76,910. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
The Detectives of Alcester’s East End find themselves handling a child murder case that has the earmarks of something more sinister than just an indifferent regard for life. On the trail of an unknown sadist, semi-reformed Detective Andrew Mackenzie and his partner Timothy Hudson find themselves in a race against time before another child dies.
The Shadows These Lies Cast Upon Us
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Series: The Alcester Detectives, Book 2. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 76,600. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Captain Hood, of Alcester's East End, wants to close an open-unsolved triple murder before it goes permanently cold. With Detective Andrew Mackenzie functionally sober, Hood believes they can do it. But when the past rises to shatter the calm, Hood turns to Detective Timothy Hudson to save Mackenzie and the case.
To Paint A White Room Red
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Series: The Alcester Detectives, Book 1. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 76,470. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Banished to Alcester's East End, and saddled with a deeply troubled partner in the person of Detective Andrew Mackenzie, Detective Timothy Hudson is barely getting his legs under him when the discovery of a body on the shore of The East End River launches an investigation that could make or break both men.
God. Speak.
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Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 128,720. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2009. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
In an age when mankind has uncovered the secrets of creation, the first exploratory mission to the dense inner region of the galaxy still carries with it untold risks. The mission crew finds the truest test of courage comes from having to face something terribly familiar in a distant and lonely place. Can the finest parts of the human spirit can survive understanding the hierarchy of gods?
Forbidden
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Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 138,100. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2009. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When the killings of a madman surface, a damaged Homicide Detective must find the willpower to live long enough to find and stop a man not entirely unlike himself. Darkness within faces darkness without, and no one touched by either side will ever be the same.

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