Angus Brownfield


Write what you know. I know me and I'm talking to you, reader, in the first person, not the anonymous third person, because when I write I write about me and the world that thrives around me.
I wrote decent poetry in college, I couldn’t get the hang of short stories. I finished my first novel so many years ago writers were still sending their works to publishers instead of agents. My first novel was rejected by everyone I sent it to. The most useful rejection, by a Miss Kelly at Little, Brown, said something like this: “You write beautifully, but you don’t know how to tell a story.” Since then I've concentrated on learning to tell a good story. The writing isn’t quite so beautiful but it will do.
Life intervened. Like the typical Berkeley graduate, I went through five careers and three marriages. Since the last I've been writing like there’s no tomorrow. I have turned out twelve novels, a smattering of short stories and a little poetry. My latest novel is the third in a series about a man who is not my alter ego, he’s pure fiction, but everyone he interacts with, including the women, are me. My title for this trilogy is The Libertine.
Writers who have influenced me include Thomas Mann, Elmore Leonard, Albert Camus, Graham Greene, Kurt Vonnegut and Willa Cather. I don’t write like any of them, but I wish I did.
I'm currently gearing up to pay attention to marketing. Archery isn’t complete if there’s no target. I've neglected readers because I've been compulsive about putting words down on paper.
Today the balance shifts.

Where to find Angus Brownfield online


The Mustt Adventures (mice tales)
Angus Brownfield has taken the notion of genetic recombination and crafted a tale of mice endowed with speech (of a sort) and morals that transcend those of most humans. From the hidey holes of Subdivision, to the hippy mouse colony living on the beach, to the gulag created by Wom, a mouse seeking world domination, The Mustt Adventures explores what happens when humans discover they’re not alone in the universe. The sentient creatures haven’t come from outer space, though, they’re in our basements and attics. The mice have adapted quite nicely, now the humans must test their humanity while pondering the mice’s rights to life and the pursuit of happiness.


Tec, A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 2,470. Language: American English. Published: March 29, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
(4.00 from 1 review)
Is a San Francisco police detective’s sense of smell a joke or a crime solving asset?
Sudden Onset Mid-Life Crisis
Price: Free! Words: 1,350. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Phil tries to talk his friend, Alfie, out of an irrational desire to fly to New York and search for Fran Lebowitz.
When Your Number's Up, a short story
Price: Free! Words: 4,290. Language: American English. Published: August 23, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
At the top of his form, a professional hitman is tempted by greed to ignore his own rules of operation and accept a contract for which he is unable to adequately plan—with potentially fatal consequences.
Price: Free! Words: 3,380. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Western
(5.00 from 1 review)
A young, idealistic lawyer in the boom town of Tombstone turns to Deputy Marshall Wyatt Earp for protection from a gunslinger, only to learn his own will is the best protection.
An Occasion of Sin (a cautionary tale)
Price: Free! Words: 1,890. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
(5.00 from 1 review)
A man of mature years thinks he’s hit the romantic jackpot, having fallen in love with the “perfect” lover. When she dumps him he realizes that maturity does not bring a load of wisdom about the exigencies of mating.
Two Moons: An Animal Tale
Price: Free! Words: 1,640. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A handsome hare and a wondrous white hare gaze at two moons and discuss the important things in life.
Galluping, a short story
Price: Free! Words: 2,100. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Jarvis, a Gallup interviewer, encounters a strange, not to say deadly, respondent who takes orders from someone named Benny, who seems to have known Jarvis was coming. Is the large pistol on the couch to frighten him, or is this Jarvis’ interview with Death?
The Hummus Dealer of Meknes, a short story
Price: Free! Words: 2,770. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Mustapha is a young man selling hummus in the medina of the city of Meknes. A rival opens her hummus stall opposite his and soon steals away most of his customers. Convinced she has a secret ingredient he can never discover, Mustapha intends to end his life. His rival saves him with a highly unconventional proposition.
Universal Superficial Contagion
Price: Free! Words: 2,810. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
(3.00 from 1 review)
An elderly woman, gifted with a computer and internet access, becomes a slave to the machine and ultimately it’s victim.
Monogamy--Book III of The Libertine
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 98,300. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Robert Gattling’s longest intimate relationship is ended: his love, Mardi, has died prematurely. Three women step forward to assuage his grief, an old flame, a woman as dangerous as she’s beautiful and one who’s part taboo, part enigma and all integrity. Will Robert resume his libertine ways or embrace monogamy with one of these?
Bread to the Wise--Book I of The Libertine
Price: Free! Words: 135,310. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Bread to the Wise is Book I of The Libertine trilogy. Robert Gattling falls in love with Mary Clare Morrison, but won’t woo her because he’s lost his mojo after accidentally killing a man. Mary Clare, on her way up from the pit of despair, decides to woo him. But she is used to the good life provided by sugar daddy V. M. Meany. Meany goes after Gattling. Gattling fights back. Who will win?
Coyote Sings Fox's Praises (A Short Short Story)
Price: Free! Words: 630. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
A coyote takes his pup on a hunt one moonlit night. They raid a farmer's hen coop and make off with a plump chicken. The farmer's wife blames the fox.
A Lesson In Civility (A very very short story)
Price: Free! Words: 400. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
A fable in the manner of Aesop involving a very sharp poodle and a very smug crow, and that's all I can tell you without repeating the story word for word, even though the publisher has a rule saying this has to be fifty words long which it now is.
An Angel at Satan's Ball--a novel
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 92,620. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Angels are among us, their angel core sheathed in human flesh. Their mission: advise humans on their road to salvation. Ulysses Everard is one, has been since the Stone Age. Enough humanity has seeped back into his angel core he’s fallen in love. Satan, not missing a chance, will try to use the object of his love, Sarafina, to drag Ulysses down to Hell.
La Casa de Las Diablitas (a play in three acts)
You set the price! Words: 20,680. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2015 . Categories: Plays » American / African American
American housewives sit out a revolution up north by operating a bordello in Mexico City. As a truce is called, they must decide where to go and what to do. Their choices are complicated by men who don’t have their best interests at heart. They fight back, guided by an unlikely ally.
The Spare Husband and Other Stories
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 51,380. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Some quirky, some straitlaced, these stories probe the vagaries of human nature, although not all the characters are human. There’s a maturing teenager, a humble hummus merchant of long ago, a girl intent on becoming a woman, but there’s also a skittish hare, an outspoken poodle and even a quartet of ghosts. Fears are quieted and dilemmas dissolved or ignored at peril: light reading with clout.
The Birdman
Price: Free! Words: 4,910. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Can a mathematical genius with zero social skills save the world? One man thinks he’s got as good a chance as any.
One Night Stand
Price: Free! Words: 3,390. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A man who loves jazz meets a woman who plays jazz and they make beautiful music for one night.
Price: Free! Words: 4,380. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Strange things are happening when China begins exporting designer athletic shoes to the US that sell for less than cheap canvas shoes. Is there a connection between the shoes and violence that erupts on playgrounds across America?
Price: Free! Words: 2,120. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Agamemnon, elected leader of the Greek expedition against Troy, must submit to an angry godess’s demand for human sacrifice or face rebellion from the assembled army.
Where Am I?
Price: Free! Words: 2,470. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Richard learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished.
Price: Free! Words: 2,850. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
A young man takes one last reckless fling before becoming a bona fide adult.
Day of the Dead
Price: Free! Words: 2,220. Language: American English. Published: November 3, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(5.00 from 1 review)
A family of gringos camp by the highway from Tijuana to Mexicali and experience some strange goings-on as the Day of the Dead advances to night.
4 Autumn Haiku
Price: Free! Words: 110. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2012 . Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature
(4.00 from 1 review)
This is the final offering of haiku-like poems on the four seasons, devoted to nature in Southern Oregon.
3 More Poems
Price: Free! Words: 240. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2012 . Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Three poems in no particular order, on no particular theme, written since the first three poems I published on Smashwords.
The Deep Blue Sea
Price: Free! Words: 2,790. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A sprained ankle, anemia and conflicted feelings in 21st Century San Francisco.
6 Summer Haiku
Price: Free! Words: 140. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2012 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature
Following "Five Winter Haiku" and "Five Spring Haiku," summer gets its due with an extra verse in honor of daylight savings time.
The Broadband Jungle
Price: Free! Words: 3,270. Language: American English. Published: May 3, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
A brief tale of coming of age in the era of instant communication.
5 Spring Haiku
Price: Free! Words: 120. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2012 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature
Five short nature poems in the style of the Japanese poetry genre, haiku, celebrating spring (though not really haiku as no one can duplicate the syle in English)..
Winter Haiku
Price: Free! Words: 110. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2011 . Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(4.00 from 1 review)
Five poems reminiscent of haiku, composed in the recent spate of winter weather in Talent, Oregon.
3 Poems
Price: Free! Words: 390. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2011 . Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Three short poems selected from a plethora of unpublished material.
Guardian of the Lost Colony, Book III of the Mustt Adventures
Series: The Mustt Adventures (mice tales). Price: $2.75 USD. Words: 53,280. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Talkers: talking mice created by brilliant gene-splicer Eden Godwyn. Except for hawks and snakes, Casa Abandalao, their oasis home, is paradise. Along comes Gavin MacD., an envoy from the past, Jason Ramback, a psychotic threat to the future, and the CIA, who covet these potential mini-agents. Matilde Abandolao, their excitable guardian, shoots first and takes names later. But is her grit enough?
The Day's Vanity, The Night's Remorse
Price: $3.75 USD. Words: 114,630. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
(5.00 from 1 review)
For Byeford Pritchett bureaucrat isn’t a dirty word. With ability and integrity, he rises to a top government post, only to be felled by a bureaucratic technicality he’s too busy to honor. He vows “never again,” but an unlooked for offspring forces him back into the fray. He discovers, when there’s no time left for mistakes, ability and integrity are not enough.
The Scrivener's Tale, Book II of the Mustt Adventures
Series: The Mustt Adventures (mice tales). Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 38,940. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
A mystery writer contracts with the Feds to edit a talking mouse’s memoirs (Pool of Tears, first book of the Mustt Adventures.) Learning to respect the mouse, he defies her captor and the CIA, and aided by like-minded friends, spirits her away from a Marine installation. He shelters her while she debates whether to risk contacting others of her kind, which might lead to their capture as well.
The Crossing, a short story
Price: Free! Words: 6,080. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A family from the States, on their way to Costa Rica, run into trouble crossing the border into Guatemala.
Abrupt Edge
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 102,710. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
(5.00 from 1 review)
Jacob Gleason wants to earn his spurs as a writer. He takes a job in Abrupt Edge, a lavish wilderness community, ghosting an autobiography. Once there he learns he's really to chronicle a war with Glory, an equally remote Fundamentalist LDS enclave. Abrupt Edge harbors the world's most exclusive brothel. It's workers are beauties who escaped Glory. Jacob has both scruples and fear for his life.
The Mechanic of San Martín
Price: $1.75 USD. Words: 68,300. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Hispanic & Latino, Fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
A man with two wives is a man tempting Destiny. When Rigoberto’s lawful wife dies, Destiny robs him of his nerve. How to combine two families, get his dead wife’s children to accept La Segunda as their mother? He despairs, he retreats to the mountains. It takes a bold gringa, a talking wolf, a sorcerer and the sacrifice of a beloved child to bring him back from the mountains and from collapse.
The Line That Deserted Him
Price: Free! Words: 2,340. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Urban
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
In a bar, a clever sot is observed conning a naïve fellow patron for drinks and money.
She's Got Her Own, an entertainment
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 89,540. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(4.00 from 1 review)
Love and friendship trump greed, connivery and misspent sentiment in this tale of Lizzie Mae Brown. Kidnapped as an infant, Lizzie finds her True Father and a legacy from her True Mother, plus a mate for life while defeating the crook who tries to compromise her quest for fulfillment and happiness.
Pool of Tears, a Murine Memoir
Series: The Mustt Adventures (mice tales). Price: Free! Words: 61,310. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A love story: Dorothy loves Jason. Dorothy’s a talking mouse; Jason has a patch of what looks like mouse fur on his face and hates his winsome but cruel siblings. Dorothy has the innocense of Eve before the apple, Jason is totally screwed up. Though counseled against it by wise old mice, Dorothy will break her kind’s one rule and talk to Jason, to save him from himself. There’s no saving, alas.
Río Penitente, a novel of expiation
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 113,530. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Handsome, successful Robert Gattling, fiftyish, wants to atone for past sins. Motoring through Mexico, he meets two runaway teens he decides to rescue from poverty and ignorance. He also meets the woman he’s looked for all his life. He resolves to both fetch up the teens and bond with his soulmate. Complications of lust and envy ensue. Gattling’s good deed goes wrong in unexpected ways.
Kafka's Heater
Price: Free! Words: 3,290. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(2.00 from 1 review)
A lonely woman starts hearing voices coming from an electric heater.
The Spare Husband, a Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 3,970. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
Jack Bishop avoids a second trip to the altar until his first wife and her maid of honor close in on him, posing a dilemma.

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Smashwords book reviews by Angus Brownfield

  • 'Twas the Night Before Solstice (Southern Oregon Style) on Dec. 10, 2011

    My grandmother, Della, would have understood but little of this raucous poem. What she understood would have wrung an 'oh my' from her Southern Baptist lips. What's wrung from my lips is, "Dang, why didn't I think of that?" This could bring a cult following in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties, where Kris no doubt got his original supply. Keep it up, Celeste, let's have a poem about Father Time and one about the Easter Bunny. Angus Brownfield