Robert Thomson


Robert Thomson is an author, screenwriter, editor and filmmaker. His first book "Secret Things" was released in 1993. A second edition was released the following year. He began working as a journalist and magazine editor at this time, rejuvenating Icon magazine and then later acting as Managing Editor of FAB National magazine, Canada's only gay men's glossy. A second book of short stories, "Need," was scheduled to be published in 2000 but, due to its U.S. distributor's bankruptcy, it was never formally released to the public.

In the intervening years Robert worked as a bus boy, lyricist, disc jockey, and video editor. He began studying screenwriting and film theory in 2010. He wrote, filmed, directed and edited several short films, including "Text" and "Last Visit" (Última visita), which was nominated as Best Short at the 2011 Barcelona GLBT Film Festival. Over the last four years, he has written eight feature-length screenplays in various genres.

In 2014 Robert's company HowNow Media has reissued both "Secret Things" and "Need" in expanded ebook formats as well as a a free compilation of his past and future work, "Now... Where Was I?" A third collection featuring all new material, "Tiny Grievances," will be released in June of 2016. For complete details, please visit

Robert lives in Toronto, Canada.

Smashwords Interview

What prompted you to do the free sampler?
Of all the articles I have read about indie-publishing, the one piece of advice that seemed to resonate the most is that if you release a title for free, you will get attention. It’s the one thing in short supply on the Internet, which is where most of us indie-authors try to get our work noticed, bought and discussed. It must have been after reading the tenth or eleventh article on giveaways that I wondered how I could put my own spin on this advice.

I thought that instead of giving an entire book away, I would piece together an anthology that would be free to download and had a little bit of each of the titles I would be releasing over the coming year or so. It would give readers and potential readers a taste of where I started and where I was presently. A sampler.

At this point I don’t know how the strategy will play out. "Now... Where Was I?" was released on October 23, 2014.
What are you working on next?
I'm happy to say I'm deep in the process of putting a book of gay-themed short stories together. It's working title is "Tiny Grievances," based on one of the stories in the collection. It's been really interesting for me because I had to take a lot of finished, incomplete and snapshot pieces and sort through which ones worked and still represented my views on things. Many of the stories were written years ago and then left on a hard drive when I took leave of my senses and stopped writing. Twenty-nine potential stories were cut down to seventeen. I am finishing up rewrites, and the manuscript will be going to the editor in September. I have an artist working on an image for the cover and am looking forward to this new title. I'm also thinking seriously about doing it in printed format as well.
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Last Visit (Based on "If" from my book Need)
This is a short film based on one of the stories ("If") from my book Need, which has just been released.


Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,380. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Urban
Robert Thomson writes incisively about the types of need we experience—sometimes through emotional explosions, but more often in the private details of day-to-day life. Written with visceral immediacy, grace, and wit, the stories of Need can be held up like mirrors to our emotional selves. Startling... Wonderful... Engaging... Ghastly-funny... Honest and candid... Highly entertaining...
Secret Things
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,890. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
With a cast of unusual characters and often hysterical situations, Robert Thomson's debut Secret Things crosses the boundaries of gay fiction and speaks to a wide audience about the search for love, the fear of intimacy, the adoption triangle, sex, death, and many other subjects. This is the 20th anniversary, expanded e-book edition. "A bold debut." "Hysterical and bittersweet."

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