P. Edward Auman

Biography

Born in California.
Grew up in SF Bay Area and the Detroit Suburbs.
Graduated in English Teaching in 1990's.
Spent most of his career as a Computer Support technician.
Briefly worked as an English Teacher, and as a Finish Carpenter in a family company.
Spent the first two years of college in the Theater & Film department, specializing in set design and special effects.
He, his wife, and 6 children presently live in a small town in the Rocky Mountains.
Builds his own cars and built his own home.
Drag races both cars and motorcycles for stress relief.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in both San Jose, CA and a suburb of Detroit, MI. I now live in the US Desert West, and I've also lived in IA both in Des Moines and along "the" River. All these areas are frequently featured by name and description in just about all of my stories. I believe in writing what you know. It's easy for me to develop settings and to describe them because I've experienced a wide variety and I love to do that. One of my HS teachers in MI first "discovered" my writing by giving an assignment to use as many adjectives as possible to describe a setting. I basically wrote a two page horror story with no real plot, just setting, and it was pretty dang creepy if I may say so myself. He literally rushed me to the creative writing club after reading it and I've tried to maintain that level of atmosphere in my books ever since. In MI and CA I learned a healthy fear of water and so that is a very common piece and even occasionally a Deus Ex Machina in my stories. But I also frequently use the desert, mountains and mountain forests as settings too.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing "officially" when I was about twelve. I had written little short stories and things for fun. But at twelve my parents, who worked for IBM, got their first IBM AT 286 computer and I suddenly had access to a word processor and my mind started flowing. I've hardly ever used pen and pad to write stories since (3 decades), although I do keep them beside my bed to jot down middle-of-the-night ideas a la Stephen King.

The first story I ever wrote out, full length, when I was twelve, was an untitled book about 120 pages long or so about a kid that had "Absorbed" the power to control electricity. He was challenged with the morality of his power and tended to use it for his own gain. I think in my 12-year-old mind he was my alter-ego and at the time I would likely have used my super powers for evil to be quite honest. So it was an expression of my desires. But ultimately a young girl helped correct him and put him on the right path. In many ways, that character interaction, motivation and plot factors in to a lot of my more contemporary stories that I'm working on publishing. However, I have no plans to resurrect that story because it sounds a bit too much like the moral struggles since produced in a variety of movies and books, like "Chronicle". Prideful I came up with it on my own before them? Sure, but now-a-days it would be unoriginal.
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Books

The Playhouse
Price: Free! Words: 15,140. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
(5.00)
NaNoWriMo 2015 book. Last updated 2015-11-15 14:36:04
As Part of NANOWRIMO2016 this book is not completed yet. Jessica's new friends aren't what you'd expect, unless of course like her parents you think they're her make-believe friends. But when it's time for her to pass on herself, will she leave them behind or stay with them in the playhouse where they reside?
Corrupt, An IPMA Troll Brother Extra #3, Halloween 2015
Series: Trolls. Price: Free! Words: 5,930. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
The third in a collection of short stories centered around the fictional town of Maple Springs in the Rocky Mountains and the events detailed in the novel series, Troll Brother, featuring the agents of IPMA and other characters. This story gives even more backstory to the fan favorite, the Goblin Queen.
Vernon's Ghost, An IPMA Troll Brother Extra #2
Series: Trolls. Price: Free! Words: 5,530. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
The second in a collection of short stories centered around the fictional town of Maple Springs in the Rocky Mountains and the events detailed in the novel series, Troll Brother, featuring the agents of IPMA and other characters.
Remuneration, An IPMA Troll Brother Extra #1
Series: Trolls. Price: Free! Words: 6,050. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Remuneration is the first of a collection of short stories which add to the legends surrounding the Rocky Mountain faerie inhabitants.
Troll Brother 2: Little Brother Troll
Series: Trolls. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 72,370. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
You read the tale of Robert Johansson and family adopting a Mountain Troll in "Troll Brother". Now find out what happens to his younger brother, Little Ricky, whom Robbie had unwillingly left with the trolls for training in magic.
Leprechaun Gold: An IPMA Adventure for St. Patrick's Day 2015
Series: IPMA Shorts (Institute for the Preservation of Magical Artifacts). Price: Free! Words: 5,400. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Join new characters on another IPMA (Institute for the Preservation of Magical Artifacts) story about real Leprechauns!
Revenge of the Sylph, The Yeti Uprising Part 2: An IPMA Adventure for Christmas 2014
Series: IPMA Shorts (Institute for the Preservation of Magical Artifacts), Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 6,200. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
(4.00)
In 2013 the IPMA Agents with the help of a pair of adolescents and the Northern Water Sprite tribe's princess, Qanik, ousted Jack Frost and his entranced Yeti Henchmen from the hostile take-over of Santa Claus' workshop and saved Christmas. But what did they do about Jack? Find out in this short "extra" story by P. Edward "Eddie" Auman.
The Goblin Queen's Cache: An IPMA Adventure for Halloween 2014
Series: IPMA Shorts (Institute for the Preservation of Magical Artifacts), Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 6,090. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.00)
Another IPMA (Institute for the Preservation of Magical Artifacts) Halloween short story featuring the Goblin Queen. It adds a little to the back story of the queen in connection to Troll Brother books 2-4. How far will she go to build her cache of weapons she is building to prepare her plans for the trolls and their human friends?
The Dreams, A collection of Poems
Price: Free! Words: 1,300. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(5.00)
A collection of poems that will be added to and developed on an ongoing basis.
The Yeti Uprising: An IPMA Adventure for Christmas 2013
Series: IPMA Shorts (Institute for the Preservation of Magical Artifacts), Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 41,230. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
(4.60)
NaNoWriMo 2013 book. Last updated 2013-11-06 10:20:17
Join young Joshua Manders and his friends on another IPMA (Institute for the Preservation of Magical Artifacts) adventure. Belschnikel, aka: Santa Claus, has had it with his Yeti contract labor and the North Pole is overrun. Can the IPMA with the aide of a few misfits save the day on time for Christmas?
Seeing Devils: An IPMA Adventure for Halloween 2013
Series: IPMA Shorts (Institute for the Preservation of Magical Artifacts), Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 13,960. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Halloween, Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
(5.00)
Love the Institute for the Preservation of Magical Artifacts cameos in "The Old Silk Hat: A Frosty The Snowman Prequel" and "Troll Brother"? Then give this Halloween 2013 creepy story a try. Find out what it is IPMA Special Agent Jackson Davison's been unable to see since he was a child.
Troll Brother
Series: Trolls, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 86,750. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00)
When Robert and Richard Johansson, the third, explore their new surroundings in the midst of the Rocky Mountains they inadvertently stumble into a troll. Armed with the troll queen's own machinations to infiltrate and learn whether the human race of the 21st century is ready to interact with faerie folk again after centuries apart, the little troll becomes an adopted brother to the Johanssons.
At 40
Price: Free! Words: 300. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(5.00)
A single poem, dedicated to my wife on her fortieth birthday. While this is specific to her circumstances you may find it a loving expression to share with your loved one too.
Speak Rain
Series: Shaman Spirit Series, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 57,100. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(4.50)
An "Atmospheric Suspense/Horror," Speak Rain is the story of a man lost after the death of his wife and loss of his job, stuck in a small town, suffocated by prolonged and unnatural rain. Through supernatural forces he is led to a partner in discovering the truth behind the rains and in finding a new life. See the Trailer @ http://youtu.be/_QLHs_rvZyc
The Old Silk Hat, A Frosty The Snowman Prequel
Series: IPMA Shorts (Institute for the Preservation of Magical Artifacts), Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 9,170. Language: American English. Published: December 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
(5.00)
This is a short story from author P. Edward Auman about the origin of Frosty's old silk hat and has been dedicated to Emilie Parker and the other nineteen children of the Sandy Hook Elementary, Conn. tragedy. This story is a heart felt explanation of how the old silk hat gained its magical properties through the experiences of love. It may be shared with your children and loved ones.

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