Robert Hill

Biography

Robert lives deep in the heart of Texas where he teaches martial arts and writes in his spare time. He is a former military paramedic, former criminal investigator, and former private detective. He has had various poems and short stories previously published in small press literary magazines, but most notably in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, and most recently with the e-zine Anotherealm.com. He is also self-published on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com, in both fiction and non-fiction categories.

Smashwords Interview

What type of stories do you typically write?
I used to lean more towards science fiction, but found that I just have a hard time keeping the fantastic elements of my brain from getting in the way of the hard science. Eventually, I drifted more towards fantasy, and the first story I ever published was actually a story about a wizard and his apprentice called "The Magic Fruit". It appeared in the Fall 2000 edition of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine. I was quite surprised, too, because I had been sending short story after short story to Marion, and she just kept rejecting them. I almost gave up on her, but then it happened. I even won an award from the magazine for the best story for that quarterly edition, beating out the likes of Andre Norton, who had the cover story for that edition. You can imagine now just how surprised I was over this. Over time, however, I have gravitated more and more towards fantasy that is less like sword and sorcery and more like something Kafka might write or Dali might paint. I still write the traditional high fantasy pieces, but I rather enjoy fantastic settings without dragons and wizards that contain a dream-like quality to them while at the same time trying to keep the story coherent enough to suspend disbelief.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favorite books are probably a bit of an eclectic collection, and this is in no ranking order. "The Old Man And The Sea", by Hemingway comes vividly to mind. Hemingway is perhaps my favorite author above all, but this story has a power to it, speaking to that man versus nature scenario with a bit of futility mixed in. "The Songs of Distant Earth" by Clarke. This may not have been one of his most well-known works, but I enjoyed the prose and the storyline with its basic retelling of the "Mutiny On The Bounty" but in a future setting kept me turning the pages. The third one that comes to mind is "Starship Trooper" by Heinlein. This story was nothing like its movie version to which many have been unfortunately exposed. I enjoyed the philosophical approach of the novel and how it discussed things like what it really means to be a soldier and a citizen within a complex society. Perhaps my all time favorite was "The Lord of The Rings" by Tolkien. I say this not only because it was well-written, but also because it is perhaps the main influence that inspired me to become a writer. The last of my five favorites is Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five". Vonnegut's dark humor and cynicism appeal to me, and I rather enjoy laughing along with him as he pokes fun at humanity. Also, much of what Vonnegut wrote had a bit of the absurd to it, which is right up my alley. I will add a sixth, just for kicks. It's not a full-fledged book, but like Vonnegut's work, it holds great appeal for me as a reader and a writer, and that is "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka.
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Books

Bloodlines
Price: Free! Words: 4,550. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
During the time of the Pharoahs of Egypt, the goddess Bastet is sent by Ra to prevent the murder of the expectant mother of the next Pharoah, but the future is clouded as to the identity of the killer. Bastet must discover who is to be the murderer, and thereby thwart the chaos certain to ensue should the future heir be kept from being born. But time is running out and disaster appears imminent.
Queen Of Hearts (Part Four of The Wonderland Series)
Series: Wonderland. Price: Free! Words: 7,050. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Lupita Espinoza was a forty year old, single mom who often wished of being anywhere in the world other than Corpus Christi. But when a geologist in Antarctica appears in her bathroom mirror, Lupita begins a journey that will take her to places never dreamt possible. Queen Of Hearts is Part Four of the multi-part series "The Wonderland", a science fiction romance.
Saturday Night Meat Market
Price: Free! Words: 520. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » General
(3.00)
Some things taste better with barbecue sauce. A flash fiction psychological thriller.
One Second Before Awakening
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 117,100. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
One moment Drew was looking at the painting, and the next he found himself in the midst of the painting itself, propelling him into a living, painted world filled with strange, wondrous beings – all based upon the works of Salvador Dali. Pursued by the Horseman of Death across a surreal landscape, Drew searches to find his way back to reality, while transforming the painted world surrounding him.
Late For Tea (Part Three Of The Wonderland Series)
Series: Wonderland, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 5,200. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(5.00)
Lupita Espinoza was a forty year old, single mom who often wished of being anywhere in the world other than Corpus Christi. But when a geologist in Antarctica appears in her bathroom mirror, Lupita begins a journey that will take her to places never dreamt possible. Late For Tea is Part Three of the multi-part series "The Wonderland", a science fiction romance.
Val
Price: Free! Words: 1,250. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(5.00)
One moment West was sweeping a room for Iraqi insurgents in Fallujah, and then the next he found himself sitting in a strange bar and grill, staring at a curvaceous waitress. But how had he gotten there, and where had he seen that waitress before?
The Looking Glass (Part Two of The Wonderland Series)
Series: Wonderland, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 3,080. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(5.00)
Lupita Espinoza was a forty year old, single mom who often wished of being anywhere in the world other than Corpus Christi. But when a geologist in Antarctica once again appears in her bathroom mirror, Lupita begins a journey that will take her to places never dreamt possible. The Looking Glass is Part Two of the multi-part series "The Wonderland".
Caught In The Moment
Price: Free! Words: 1,300. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
(5.00)
A man finds himself at a friend's surprise party where everything becomes frozen in place and in that moment is surprised himself by what he discovers in the midst of that instant captured in temporal amber.
A Mirror Darkly (Part One of The Wonderland Series)
Series: Wonderland, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 1,480. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(5.00)
Lupita was a forty year old, single mom who often wished of being anywhere in the world other than Corpus Christi. But when a geologist in Antarctica showed his face in place of her own reflection in her bathroom mirror, Lupita had no idea that she was about to embark upon a journey that would take her to places she never dreamed possible. Part One of the sci-fi romance series, "The Wonderland"
The Part To No Genesis
Price: Free! Words: 2,520. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(4.00)
A man with a hump on his back awakens from a coma only to find that the hump is missing ... and so is his wife.
The Lie
Price: Free! Words: 770. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(4.67)
A nostalgic and touching story of an eight year boy who is confronted by his father at Christmas regarding his torn coat. The only problem is he does not know how his coat got ripped, and his father does not believe him. So the boy plays the only hand he has in order to bring the confrontation to an end.
The Last Moment Loop
Price: Free! Words: 1,370. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(4.33)
A lonely man discovers the reason why he cannot leave a deserted city.
Leonard And Molly
Price: Free! Words: 1,040. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(4.67)
An overbearing husband discovers something in the kitchen pantry that exposes his wife's affair.

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Smashwords book reviews by Robert Hill

  • The Death of the Party on March 11, 2014

    I like the premise of this short story and the symbolism suggested by personifying death. It offers interesting discussion regarding one's fate and how events may sometimes be manipulated toward a specific end. Although, I personally would have wanted a little more of a punch at the end, I still quite enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.
  • The Irizinium Priestess on May 09, 2014

    Fascinating read with a unique premise! Well written! I highly recommend this one!