Robert W. Tompkins

Biography

Robert W. Tompkins has been called "fantasy's best kept secret." He is the author of The Hagenspan Chronicles, as well as a couple of non-fiction books.

He was born in 1959 in upstate New York, where he has lived most of his life. He wrote over four hundred songs in his youth, and turned to fiction around the beginning of the current century. He pastored a small rural congregation for five years, and is now retired from most things due to early-onset Parkinson's Disease. However, he does continue writing, and is currently beginning work on the tenth book in the Hagenspan series.

Smashwords Interview

Tell me about some books you read when you were a child.
I remember reading a book called The Little Boy from Shickshinny. I don't believe I liked it very much at all, but I read it over and over; it's possible it was my only book. When I was a little older, I read Wild Animals I Have Known, which made a tremendous impact on me. I liked it so much I sought it out a couple of years ago and found a copy. I enjoyed reading it as much when I was in my 50s as I did when I was a child. Later on I remember a book called The Bear at the Hunters' Ball, which I highly recommend, both for its subtle good humor and its hilarious illustrations.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing a column in my company's newsletter called "The Last Word." I was kind of a wise guy and had a quirky sense of humor, and the bosses there allowed me to contribute until I strayed a little too far outside the bounds of the company's sensibilities. But it was there that I first got the idea that other people might enjoy my handling of the language and my sprinklings of humanity.
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Where to find Robert W. Tompkins online


Series

The Hagenspan Chronicles
Hagenspan was a mythic land that once existed in our own world--nearest estimates place it somewhere in the north Atlantic, perhaps during the Middle Ages. Apparently one of the last bastions for creatures from the Old World, its shores were haunted by memories of dwarfs and fairies, kobolds and trolls, giants and dragons. The tales of Hagenspan recount the days when humankind had nearly, but not quite, forgotten those other folk, who were diminishing as it had been decreed. The Hagenspan Chronicles are a bittersweet recounting of the world that once was; sometimes whimsical, sometimes heroic, sometimes heart-rending.

Books

Seven Words from God to America
Price: Free! Words: 2,280. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Social Issues, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christianity
If God were still speaking to 21st-century America with the tone of the Biblical prophets, what would it sound like?
Owan's Regret: Peace of a Kind (Book Nine of the Hagenspan Chronicles)
Series: The Hagenspan Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,990. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Romance
In the wake of the Dragon King's war, what kind of peace will our heroes find? Will Peet of Blythecairne and Bessamer of Thrimball finally celebrate the love they have been anticipating, or will an unlikely suitor derail their plans?
Owan's Regret: Into the Wilds (Book Eight of the Hagenspan Chronicles)
Series: The Hagenspan Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,580. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
Owan finds himself alone in the wilderness of Hagenspan, attempting to get home to his family and friends in time to help them defend themselves against the evil Dragon King, who has overrun the whole northlands of Hagenspan.
Owan's Regret: The Dragon King (Book Seven of the Hagenspan Chronicles)
Series: The Hagenspan Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,660. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
The new king is determined to humiliate and punish the northern parts of Hagenspan for a rebellion they had not even considered. Is his wicked behavior just a convoluted plot to bring destruction upon the Lady Hollie?
Owan's Regret: Widows and Successions (Book Six of the Hagenspan Chronicles)
Series: The Hagenspan Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,050. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
Owan Roarke, the son of the Dragon-Killers, is in the process of becoming a man. The unique challenges that he experiences as he prepares for the eventual lordship of Beale’s Keep make up the center-line for this story, but there are all sorts of things going on in the periphery: Hollie’s continuing adventure, and the new romances of Piper and Jesi and Queen Maygret.
Kenyan's Lamp (Book Five of the Hagenspan Chronicles)
Series: The Hagenspan Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,400. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fairy tales
An adventurous yet tender tale of failure, perseverance, and romance in the land of fairies and of men.
Roarke's Wisdom: The Last Dragon (Book Four of the Hagenspan Chronicles)
Series: The Hagenspan Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,690. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
The last dragon of Hagenspan threatens to destroy the whole country, and none can deliver but Roarke, who is called from the brief peace of his home and family to wage war once again with the evil that plagues the land.
Roarke's Wisdom: Going Home (Book Three of the Hagenspan Chronicles)
Series: The Hagenspan Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,650. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
No matter where these bold adventurers may find themselves, there is always the comforting reminder that somewhere in the world is a place that they have always called Home, and if they persevere, there is always a chance that they may find their way back there again.
Roarke's Wisdom: The Courtship of Hollie (Book Two of the Hagenspan Chronicles)
Series: The Hagenspan Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,220. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
A desperate romance in a time of intrigue for the kingdom of Hagenspan. Will Roarke’s wisdom prevail as he pursues the beautiful heroine Hollie, or will he fall to the schemes of the wicked power behind the throne of the kingdom?
Roarke's Wisdom: The Defense of Blythecairne (Book One of the Hagenspan Chronicles)
Series: The Hagenspan Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,340. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
How the wisdom of one noble man, the Dragon-Killer of Hagenspan, prevails against those who would rob him of what he won from the dragon. A story of adventure, contemplation, and romance.

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