Thomas M. Willett

Biography

I'm a writer based out of Long Beach, CA who enjoys movies, TV, and getting inside your head.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing around the time that I was 5. In between being a kid, reading Goosebumps, and school, I found time to write stories about whatever fascinated me at the moment. I cannot remember the first thing that I ever wrote, but I was so eager to do so that I often would start writing e-mails to random family members just to have someone read it. I rarely planned ahead (something that I improved upon). It is a habit that has only grown and my enthusiasm for the medium has grown.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest short story ("But Dad Never Listened to Danny Brown") came about when I was looking for a subject to write about. I decided to write a story about how a man was inadvertently turning into what he hated as he developed an acute case of anxiety. The actual emphasis on stress is probably not as prevalent in the final piece, but I felt like it would be interesting to see if I could make a story based around the structure of human interactions as symptoms.
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Books

The Flotsky Adventures: Part 12.2 - A Win-Win Situation
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 7,680. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
In the exciting conclusion to "Up, Up and Away," Flotsky's Burgers discovers the outcome as to whether their beloved Soylent Drink will be discontinued. It's all come down to one vote, but who will be casting it?
Relay for the Dead
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 6,230. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Alena has spent her entire life wanting to run with the torch. She now has the chance, but a few things may get in her way.
The Flotsky Adventures: Part 12.1- Up, Up and Away
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 7,950. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Following a customer complaint, the townspeople must vote whether or not to allow Flotsky's Burgers to continue selling Soylent Drink.
Pushing Forward
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 13,630. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Inspirational
Following unfortunate circumstances, The Ashcroft Family have no choice but to rebuild their home as the promise of a bright future feels increasingly uncertain.
Crossing the Line
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 19,550. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
A man questions his entire life as he walks down the corridor of a spaceship while forces beyond his control threaten to keep him in exile.
A Decade Now Available for Streaming: A Celebration of the Films That Helped Define the 2010's
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 26,270. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
With another decade in the books, it's time to start looking back at what came before and understand where we have been. This is a look at how film evolved into something new and exciting in the digital age.
The Man Who Cancelled Christmas
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,080. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
On Christmas Eve, pilot Gary Corteas takes to the sky for a routine flight. Things look to be going well until he finds a little blip on the radar.
Smirking
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 17,340. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Family, Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
As the family prepares to make Thanksgiving dinner, Helena becomes distressed when she discovers some shocking news about Uncle Alex.
Turbulence
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 13,060. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
While scouting islands for an upcoming music festival, Calvin and Brandon wind up on a mysterious island. They probably shouldn't look beyond the trees, but the mystery is too exciting to pass up.
The Flotsky Adventures: Part 11 - Clueing in the Clueless
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 14,060. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
When Soylent Drink decides to hold a mystery flavor contest, Flotsky's Burgers becomes a hot spot for controversy when the first customer correctly guesses the flavor.
The Flotsky Adventures: Part 10 - The Shortcut Cutter
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 13,900. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
After years of hard work, Burt and Chester are offered a scholarship. The only catch is that they need to tutor a trust fund kid named George who wants to do everything the easy way. Will they be able to put up with him long enough to get the money?
Apples & Chainsaws: Part Two - The Invitation
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 68,770. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Coming of age
Part Two of Three. With the 10th year high school reunion rapidly approaching, four people take a look back on their lives as they determine how they have grown since graduation Over the course of four intertwining narratives, the story explores the themes of what it means to be on the cusp of your 30s by looking at what it means to be healthy, happy, physically attractive, responsible, smart, f
Apples & Chainsaws: Part Three - The Party
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 11,570. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Part Three of Three. With the 10th year high school reunion rapidly approaching, four people take a look back on their lives as they determine how they have grown since graduation Over the course of four intertwining narratives, the story explores the themes of what it means to be on the cusp of your 30s by looking at what it means to be healthy, happy, physically attractive, responsible, smart,
Apples & Chainsaws: Part One - The Wedding
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 63,610. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
With the 10th year high school reunion rapidly approaching, four people take a look back on their lives as they determine how they have grown since graduation Over the course of four intertwining narratives, the story explores the themes of what it means to be on the cusp of your 30s by looking at what it means to be healthy, happy, physically attractive, responsible, smart, faithful, married, an
The Unextraordinary Secret Life of a Superhero Intern
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,200. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Adrian Arnolds is a university student looking to make quick money over the summer. When he finds an ad on Craigslist for someone wanting an intern, he quickly accepts. Little does he know that he's now working for an illustrious superhero who is very controlling of his public persona.
The Inhuman
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,160. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
When a flood hits the town of Jade Bridge, George and his family must escape to freedom amid potential attacks from a dangerous creature lying just below the surface.
The Flotsky Adventures: Part 9 - Water Water Everywhere
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,530. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
Two lowly employees at nostalgia burger joint Flotsky's Burgers discover what happens when they wait until a rainy day to register for school.
Single Bound
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,810. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Adventure » Action
While imprisoned for drowning the king's cat, Arke finds that a man named Wallace has come to rescue her and take her to safety. Or so she thinks. It's a journey of mishaps as both Arke and Wallace discover just how unready they are for escape.
Focal Point
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,280. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Several centuries ago, a woman named Niut is forced to become a pharaoh in Egypt when her father prematurely passes away, causing her to act hostile to those around her.
Last Minute Deals
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,790. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
The days of grocery store Good Old Foods are at its end, and now the employees wish to celebrate it's going out of business with a little bit of destructive mayhem.
The Flotsky Adventures: Part 8 - The Winter Break Breakdown
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,820. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Science fiction » General
After the restaurant gets fumigated Burt and Chester return to work to discover that the time off has taken its toll on Chester's personality.
Brunch
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,160. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Coming of age
As a family travels home for the Christmas season, they come across a series of hurdles (including forest fires and unruly shipmates) that delays them from getting there in time. As the days drag on, they begin to wonder if the holiday season is truly ruined.
There's a Werewolf in My Backyard!
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,560. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Two friends plan to have a quiet evening at home watching movies. However, there's an intruder in their backyard that not only throws off their entire evening, but may throw them out of existence unless they act quickly..
Midwest Midwinter
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 7,970. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
It's another average day for door-to-door salesman Paul, who wants to do nothing but sell cookware. However, a series of events lead to problems as he crashes parties and witnesses a murder. How will he sell himself out of it all?
The Mattress
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 8,640. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Coming of age
As Colene says goodbye to her old apartment, she invites her friend Peyton over for one last raucous night in which secrets are shared and they reveal just how much they're going to miss each other.
Little Miss Moss
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,350. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / General, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Little Miss Moss is a girl whose name is Little, but it isn't little. As she asks her Mama about this peculiar name, she learns to see the world around her in a different and more exciting way.
Chaos in the City of Plath
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,230. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
In the wake of carnage, a man recalls witnessing an attack on his hometown that leaves everything disheveled and even more people confused on who the real villain was.
Darts
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,700. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Two witches play hooky from school the week before finals. As they discover how droll regular life is, a series of obstacles cause them to use lessons they've learned from the previous semester.
The Flotsky Adventures: Part 7 - Rat-a-Tat Tat
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,510. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Science fiction » General
When the new order of burger buns arrive, Chester and Burt discover that there's something wrong with the texture.
What's Old is New Again: An Exploration of the Themes of 'La La Land'
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 9,960. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
his essay will explore the themes that elevate the story of Hollywood glitz and glamour into a work of art. Themes explored include why it's important to compromise, why going off script is important, and what the limits of nostalgia are.
The Flotsky Adventures: Part 6 - Time Keeps on Slippin', Slippin'...
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,100. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
As Chester and Burt prepare for midnight on New Year's Eve, they discover one big problem: they keep going backwards in time.
Silver
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,120. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A man recalls a New Year's Eve where he comes face to face with a series of crimes that change how he sees the world.
From Pee-wee to Peregrine: Why Tim Burton Still Matters
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 28,590. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Celebrity culture, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
Tim Burton has managed to create some of the most striking images of outcasts with bawdy fashion sense who live in strange-looking worlds. This is a look at his contribution to culture.
The Flotsky Adventures: Part 5 - In the Cold, Cold Ground
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,830. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Tragedy looms over Flotsky's Burgers when the patrons enter a vegetative state while something eerie is looming in the basement.
The Weatherman's Promise
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,450. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
In a desert town, a little girl asks the weatherman for an El Nino. When he doesn't deliver on his promise, she heads out to experience one for herself.
Western Steel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,690. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Western
The end times look to be near as a small western town discovers an industrial presence looming over their rickety abode.
Corrupted Organ
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,670. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
A group of vampires get together one weekend only to discover how much they hate each other.
The Flotsky Adventures: Part 4 - Back-to-Back Issues
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,090. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Science fiction » General
During the grand reopening of the nostalgic burger joint, the workers run into a murdering time traveler who has a change of conscience.
Oh, Great!
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,790. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
When Jeremy returns to his hometown for a funeral, he has flashbacks of how the thing that made him famous is also the thing that made him the most miserable.
The Commoner's Death
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,130. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
As her friend celebrates a birthday, Liz discovers that a man has committed suicide in her front yard.
The Noise Complaints
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,220. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
On Halloween night, Carol becomes overwhelmed when her dorm mate Irena turns into a cat and runs away.
Foul Ball From Outer Space
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,890. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Horror » General
During a company picnic, a child wanders off to get a soda and finds something even stranger hiding in the nearby bushes.
Low Mirror
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,600. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
After having outgrown his claustrophobic lifestyle, a tall man returns to school in hopes of bettering his life.
The Flotsky Adventures: Part 3 - Row, Row, Row Your Bot
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,430. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Burt and Chester are dismayed to discover that their boss has hired someone new: a robot who doesn't obey orders and throws burgers at people without purpose.
The Town Hero
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,200. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Coming of age
Back in the 1930's, a young boy gets a chance to meet his hero: Gerry Sundown, an airplane pilot who enjoys flying around the city.
Rehab for the Dead
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,590. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Horror » Undead
A man joins a government organization in which he must help zombies readjust to society. One of his first missions involves taking one to a seaside carnival to play on bumper cars and eat cotton candy.
Lucky With Words: The Definitive Edition
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,560. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
During the 1950's, Arthur K. Mill must weasel his way through high school and a low paying paperboy job while dealing with increasingly crippling conflicts. This edition also includes bonus essays exploring themes within the story.
Lucky With Words: Part 2
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,800. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Following graduation in 1956, Arthur K. Mill must learn to adjust to a life of honesty as a series of hurdles make it increasingly difficult to do.
The Flotsky Adventures: Part 2 - The Hippie Hippie Shake
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,430. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Over the course of one evening, two fast food employees come into contact with a time travelling hippie, a sentient car, and a werewolf.
Lucky With Words: Part 1
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,080. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
In 1956, Arthur K. Mille is on the edge of graduating high school. But first, he must find ways to cheat his way to success with the help of his friends while working at a failing newspaper company.
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