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

The Wedding Test: A Rucksack Universe Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,390. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Get married in the pub… if you can open the doors. “Whisky and Weddings Since 1 A.B.,” proclaimed the sandwich board on the black and gray cobbles under the overcast, muggy, Scottish summer sky. “Walk-ins welcome!” The couple makes their way hand in hand, ready to tie the knot. But the Dram Ring Pub and Wedding Chapel’s doors stay stuck shut. Is it a test… or a sign?
The Eighth Wonder of the World: A Rucksack Universe Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,680. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Banter. Travel. A short jaunt into the heart of meaning and purpose. If you like decisive women and yearn for a new type of hero, then get ready for a trip to “The Eighth Wonder of the World.”
To Find the Man in Black, First Find His Tailor: A Rucksack Universe Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,960. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Finally. Proof. In the Mexico City night, the cops freed the prisoners and locked up their torturers. Nearby, the reporter picked up a torn scrap of fabric. What looks like plain black silk turns out to be covered in subtle yet intricate patterns. The scrap in her hand could be the first piece in a puzzle unsolved for thousands of years. Such a shame she has to give it up.
Party at the Pyramids: A Rucksack Universe Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,250. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Coming of age
After leaving her native Ireland nearly a decade ago on her sixteenth birthday, Aisling has traveled the world in pursuit of one goal: Make her own destiny, on her terms, and become known as the greatest fiddler in the world in the process. Now, in Cairo, Egypt, at an impromptu party at the pyramids, a man shows up and offers her the world. If only her past hadn't turned up too.
Guru Deep Is Dead, Long Live Guru Deep: A Rucksack Universe Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,620. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Alternative history
Not all that gleams is light. “Guru Deep and I met in the receiving room at the penthouse of his hotel in London, four days after his father’s murder..." After all, not all that gleams is light. But if anyone can dig the truth out of the shadows, it’s BS Trotter. “Guru Deep Is Dead, Long Live Guru Deep” brings home the news of the day with a fascinating peek into the intricate Rucksack Univers
The Seed He Planted: A Rucksack Universe Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,160. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
An ugly satchel holds an uglier truth. Nia Fox gave up everything for Guru Deep, so the perfect CEO could have the perfect executive assistant at his beck and call, every moment. Nia loves working for Guru Deep. He sees a path for the future that few comprehend. She knows today’s groundbreaking ceremony for the Lotus, the new company headquarters in south London, dominates Guru Deep’s thoughts.
A Tea and Brandy Gig: A Rucksack Universe Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,940. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The trouble is, kindness is trouble. Disgraced. Jobless. Kicked out of the butler’s guild. Pennyton believed he had done the right thing. The kind thing. Look where that got him. Yet when he answers a surprise knock on his door, Pennyton finds himself where he least expected: on a one-night gig driving a carriage for a rich journalist who paid in full and up front.
Shepherd of Tigers: A Rucksack Universe Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,330. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The truth sleeps Aednat had nothing but her family, until The Blast took them and everything Aednet knew of home in Ireland. Aednat finds herself in France, with people who seem more like myths, in a rich world unlike anywhere she ever dreamed of belonging. Yet in caves in Ireland, strange images from the past tell the tale of a present unfolding in fire...
Strange Ride: A Rucksack Universe Novel
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,410. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Lost parents. An unescapable city. A daughter who will not stop. Soarsha wants 3 things for her tenth birthday: sushi, chocolate cake, and listening to Wandering Heroes with her dad. Yeah, she wishes her classmates would stop tormenting her. Especially after she sneezed during her bully’s sharing time. Better to let the shadow monster eat her. And when her father goes missing, she might have to.
Soulhound and Fancyman: A Rucksack Universe Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,930. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Alternative history
Good dog. Bad man. Highlow will never understand humans. Not even his wonderful sausage-giving Master. Humans smell through their eyes, talk instead of sniffing arses, and believe there's a maximum number of sausages a dog should eat at one time. What Highlow really doesn't understand, though, is the strange, hard, round thing he finds near the Black Cliffs of Dover...
The Battle of Black and Orange: A Rucksack Universe Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,700. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Sword Fight Showdown! In Kyoto, world-famous business leader Guru Deep runs from a stalking shadow. Fleeing into the subway, he finds himself trapped by his arch-nemesis, Rucksack, not only in a fight for his life, but a fight for the truth.
The Eyes of Blanders: A Rucksack Universe Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,200. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Never look this boss in the eye. Feckniss was content in his London cubicle. The last thing he wanted was to wind up in a Nevada ghost town with his monotone boss, Blanders. If that’s the price of moving up in the company, though, Feckniss is willing to pay it… until Blanders reveals a truth that Feckniss would run away from, if only it weren’t for the ghosts.
Last Kiss in the Concrete Garden of Myth: A Rucksack Universe Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,940. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2020. 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?
Flash of the Last Dream: A Rucksack Universe Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,790. 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?
Shadow in Orange: A Rucksack Universe Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,900. 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: 10,040. 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: 10,090. 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: 10,730. 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: 14,530. 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: 61,220. 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: 17,430. 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: 322,240. 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: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,670. 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: 99,710. 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: 123,070. 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: 42,110. 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: 19,220. 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.

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