J. Aleksandr Wootton


J. Aleksandr Wootton is a Virginian and a bookworm, if by "worm" you mean "dragon" - he hoards books in shelves and spare rooms and likes to sleep surrounded by them.

In his spare time he chairs the folklore department at Lightfoot College. His research focus is on post-war Faerie.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing (or managing the business surrounding writing, which is its own full-time job on top of writing itself), I am often found reading, cooking, catching up with friends far, hanging out with friends near, playing ultimate frisbee, walking to a library or perusing a used bookstore, studying martial arts, in a pub, or in church.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do! I was 8; it was terrible.

It began with some vague notion of being an Argonauts-type epic sea-quest with monsters to battle en route, then got all Sinbad-like in an Arabian desert with an attempted betrayal and theft of a genie's locket, and finally - in the twist that nobody saw coming - became, in its final sentence, the worst Star Wars knockoff imaginable.

Needless to say, publishers have been hammering at my door ever since.
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Where to find J. Aleksandr Wootton online


The Eighth Square
Series: Fayborn, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,170. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Fayborn, #2 - Dodging unwelcome encounters with the supernatural is making Petra Godfellow's freshman year very difficult. Emissaries from the imprisoned Faerie Queen are looking for her. Members of the Green Kingdom Militia watch her everywhere she goes. Worst of all, servants of James Oberon keep trying to kidnap her. All because they believe that Petra is a direct descendant of Robin the Puck.
Her Unwelcome Inheritance
Series: Fayborn, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,940. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Fayborn, #1 Petra Godfellow is ready – a little nervous, but ready – to grow up and leave home. She doesn't know the family secret... about the man who loved her mother, who couldn't accept that it was over... who's crazy enough to believe that he's the rightful king of Faerie. Her mother wants to keep it that way, but just after Petra's high school graduation, James Oberon finds her family again.

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Smashwords book reviews by J. Aleksandr Wootton

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Aug. 04, 2013

    If you plan to publish with Smashwords, indispensable; otherwise, still very helpful.
  • The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success on Aug. 05, 2013

    Plenty of good information here, but the book would strongly benefit from a re-write - it's plagued by arguments ended in mid-thought, lack of internal transition between thoughts in paragraphs, missing words, many sections that simply repeat or rehash previous sections, and so on. Not quite enough to spoil the reading experience, but enough to jeopardize the credibility of content. A reader who didn't already know Smashwords and author Mark Coker's credentials would likely be turned off.
  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on Aug. 06, 2013

    An incomplete listing of great ideas and useful information. Highly recommended, especially if you're new to this. Noticed a couple of typos, but nothing worth worrying much about.
  • The Coin Collector on Aug. 21, 2013

    Amusing. Ends as expected.