T. Mason Gilbert

Biography

T. Mason Gilbert is a humorist by nature. Although he has traveled in many different (and sometimes opposite) fields of endeavor, his past is not checkered. It is more of a chessboard, full of strange and unusual strategies—some worked and some failed, but it was never dull.

Before writing novels, he had written jokes for other stand-up comedians, screenplays, and sitcoms. At one time, he was a sidekick for a well-known Los Angeles radio DJ doing impressions, and producing a live show for the DJ at the Laugh Factory. He also did voiceovers for Premier Radio Network and was one of ten finalists for the new Mickey Mouse voice in 2009.

His first novel, "The Sacrifist," is an adventure about the hunt for a yeti that is killing climbers in the Himalaya. His second book will be a compilation of his short stories which span all genres. Another book planned for release in October 2016 is a zombie novel which he says will be one of the most original zombie ideas ever. He lives with his wife of 37 years in Orange County, California.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Minneapolis, but moved to Southern California when I was five years old. I grew up in a place that is now referred to as the Inland Empire. The town of Rialto was a nice town to grow up in. If you saw the movie 'Dazed and Confused' by Richard Linklater you have the best reference for the environment I grew up. I came from the classic broken home and so really had no guidance growing up. But there was a teacher in High School, Charles Grande, who got me interested in what life was all about and it influenced me for the rest of my life. I have always been interested in learning new knowledge and meeting new people. So my writing includes interesting factual information along with my own imagination.
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing stories since I was a kid. I always wanted to be a stand up comedian. I wrote jokes for some well known comics and also was on the air in Los Angeles as a sidekick personality for Frazer Smith on 97.1 KLSX FM. Frazer referred to me as Todd the Talking Dolphin because I could do an impression of Flipper. I did other impressions on the air for Frazer and also produced his 'Frazer After Midnight Show' for the Laugh Factory. I wrote a lot of speculative screenplays at that time as well. My novel 'The Sacrifist' was originally going to be a screenplay but I never got around to writing it.
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Books

The Ultimate Linguist
Price: Free! Words: 11,520. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A high fantasy story about a housewife who goes on an adventure to find her lost neighbor and comes in contact with creatures and humans who turn her life topsy-turvy.
The Choice
Price: Free! Words: 7,440. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A smitten Bobby Pinto decides against his better judgement to help his girlfriend rob a jewelry store and is rewarded with more than he bargained for.
The Little Piggies
Price: Free! Words: 5,810. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A hard-boiled Hispanic detective tries to track down a serial killer, who has a penchant for murdering divorced couples.
Saving Grace
Price: Free! Words: 6,350. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Two pals discover a female runaway in their back alley. She tells them her story of being locked up along with many others and her recent escape from an evil man's compound. The two pals decide to help the runaway and protect her from further harm.
The Karmic Faerie
Price: Free! Words: 5,260. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A Karmic Faerie takes care of a husband who has offended his wife and his friends one too many times.
Crancer's Bad Day
Price: Free! Words: 5,720. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Two DEA agents, a Nigerian drug lord, and a redneck gangster come together in this story of dark humor, suspense, and cannibalism.

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