Anthony St. Clair

Biography

Anthony St. Clair creates compelling fiction and non-fiction for a curious world full of everyday discoveries, endeavors, and surprises. He is the author of the ongoing Rucksack Universe series; covers craft beer, food, business, and more for various publications; and is a copywriter and content manager for select clients. When not at his desk or in his kitchen in Oregon, Anthony is on an adventure with his wife, son, and daughter.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Tom Robbins and Douglas Adams. I will probably re-read every Pratchett book 5 times before I die. Anything from Gaiman gets gobbled up uberfast... and then gobbled again.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My love of my family and my love of what I do make me ready for the day. I talk about the phrase "live the world" as the theme of my writing, but it's also the theme for my life. My wife, son, and daughter motivate me and inspire me every day. And it's a joy to spend my day doing what I love: telling stories and being a dad and husband.
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Series

Rucksack Universe
In these ongoing fantastical magical realism tales of wit, adventure, and beer, a cast of unforgettable wanderers grapples with decision, destiny, the fundamentals of existence itself, and the occasional threat to life and the world.

Books

Flash of the Last Dream: A Rucksack Universe Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,860. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
One little package. So much trouble. Turn over the dream, or die. Rebecca’s job, her life, have all been a lie. But if the price for knowing the truth is death, what can she do against the very people she used to work for?
Last Kiss in the Concrete Garden of Myth: A Rucksack Universe Story
Pre-release—available June 19, 2020. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,240. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
She knows what he will ask, but not how she will answer. A bird poops on a blue dragon. 
A gleaming white Tiger Pagoda stretches high above a city of bamboo scaffolding. 
The moment Jade steps into Hong Kong’s otherworldly Aw Boon Haw Garden, she knows she approaches a crossroads of her life. What love will the lifelong wanderer choose: the man, the road… or something else?
Shadow in Orange: A Rucksack Universe Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,300. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Horrible birthday present. Aisling’s sixth birthday began on a ride in a rowboat with her mum and dad, complete with honey cakes, songs, and stories. That was the last time anything in her life would be normal again, complete with the strange present clutched in her hand.
Cobra or Mr. Cobra: A Rucksack Universe Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,100. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The bite is worse than the burn. Not knowing who he is, where he is, or what he is, Unnamed awakens under a dark sky full of smoke. Who is he? Why are his clothes… and his skin… in tatters? In a world on fire, what sort of person will he become?
Pink Hats and Burned Men: A Rucksack Universe Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,830. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Her entire life was before her. The young woman had a man who loved her. They lived in an Irish town she was happy to spend the rest of her days in. Then the fires came, followed by a knock on her door that would change everything she thought she knew about the world, herself, and her destiny...
Cherry Death Destiny Test: A Rucksack Universe Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,770. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Alternative history
Leader first. Grandmother second. In the heart of the world’s largest mountain, a family in exile waits to see if one among them will fulfill a world-shaking destiny… or fall to an early death that dooms the world. The Rucksack Universe series combines alternate history, speculative fiction, myth, adventure, globetrotting, and intrigue—all with well-poured pints of beer.
The Wedding Chapel’s Bartender: A Rucksack Universe Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,910. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Can he handle the most powerful force in the world? Jake Edinburgh’s first day on the job at Scotland’s Dram Ring Pub and Wedding Chapel is not at all what he expected—and that’s just from meeting Angus the ringmaker. The Rucksack Universe series combines alternate history, speculative fiction, myth, adventure, globetrotting, and intrigue—all with well-poured pints of beer.
Cloud Fortress: A Rucksack Universe Novel
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 51,540. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Alternative history
Mysterious train rides. A quest through the Himalayas. Strange guides. And an impossible mission to an impossible place. The fortress is ready. Is her heart? Library Journal says Anthony St. Clair’s storytelling has “universe building reminiscent of Terry Pratchett,” and readers say they love the Rucksack Universe’s unique combination of “quirk, wit, travel, and magic.”
The Things She Made: A Rucksack Universe Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,390. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A shattered weapon. A job undone. A new danger. An ancient hero and an uprooted inventor reunite to deal with an old problem, all the while confronting changes, new fears, and a duty without end. “The Things She Made” is a short story set in Anthony St. Clair’s acclaimed Rucksack Universe alternate history, speculative fiction series.
Rucksack Universe Box Set #1
Series: Rucksack Universe. Price: $20.99 USD. Words: 318,400. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Alternative history
For the first time ever, 5 travel fantasy adventures in one e-book box set! From Ireland to India, Hong Kong to London, join a cast of wanderers, ancient heroes, and more for adventures that go to the heart of what matters most in life. Include: Wander, The Martini of Destiny, Home Sweet Road, Forever the Road, and The Lotus and the Barley.
Wander: A Rucksack Universe Novel
Series: Rucksack Universe. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,740. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Alternative history
Follow the Black Road. No friends, no texts, no nothing. In Morocco, Wander just wants a solitary birthday walk. Instead, two strange trees lead the lone traveler to the ultimate journey. Marooned in a scarred world both different and familiar, Wander tries to make sense of an Ireland that has no Internet or Guinness, but abounds with odd companions...
The Lotus and the Barley: A Rucksack Universe Novel
Series: Rucksack Universe. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,430. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In a rebuilt London, trouble is brewing. When it's last call for the world's first beer, that bitter ending renews a vendetta between two old enemies, and two sisters have to choose between their dreams or each other. THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY is a captivating page-turner in Anthony St. Clair's ongoing Rucksack Universe series.
Forever the Road: A Rucksack Universe Novel
Series: Rucksack Universe. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 119,350. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
** Their entwined fate becomes his impossible choice. ** A strange eclipse looms above India's city of the smiling fire. When an ancient evil awakens, the world teeters on a razor's edge of life and annihilation. A Rucksack Universe Fantasy Novel.
Home Sweet Road: A Rucksack Universe Novella
Series: Rucksack Universe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,620. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The world's fate hangs on one untested woman and two men who are not what they seem. A Rucksack Universe Fantasy Novella.
The Martini of Destiny: A Rucksack Universe Novella
Series: Rucksack Universe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,160. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Bartender Jake Hongkong has served The Management longer than any other Jake or Jade, but now he doubts his role influencing people’s destinies and decisions. Declan is directionless and scared when he comes to the pub, yet one drink is all it takes to give him the courage to make a life-altering decision. Soon one martini will forever alter lives and fates... especially Jake's and Declan’s.