Robert P. Wells


Robert Preston Wells, Ph.D., is a native Californian who has led a peripatetic existence for decades, having lived for long periods of time in Los Angeles, Chicago, Edinburgh, Melbourne, Sydney, and San Francisco.

Graduating summa cum laude from UCLA, Dr. Wells attended graduate school at the University of Chicago (M.A.), then earned his doctorate in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In Edinburgh he earned a postgraduate scholarship, as well as a Writer’s Bursary from the Scottish Arts Council. He has taught undergraduate courses at UCLA, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Melbourne, and Millikin University in Illinois, among other collegiate institutions.

Dr. Wells has worked variously as a rock ’n roll drummer and band manager in L.A. in the late 1960s, a director of a day care center for children, a librarian at a major university, a university lecturer, an editor and book publisher, a marketing director for a software company, a Classical music radio presenter, a Vice President of Sales and Marketing for IDC Australia – among other things.

But Dr. Wells spent most of his professional life as a senior executive in media, primarily the field of IT-related publishing, enjoying a front-row seat at the birth of the IT revolution that has, in one generation, fundamentally altered how mankind works, plays, communicates – everything. He has been Publisher of Australian Macworld Magazine, Mobile Business, and Upside Magazine, and a senior executive with Linux Magazine and Technology & Investing, Asia.

During his career Dr. Wells has been a publisher of books, magazines and newspapers, serving also as an editor and writer. As a senior manager in various publishing houses, he’s written every form of business communication known to man. He has also published scholarly works; and he is a published poet in the UK, authoring Journeyman: Selected Poems in 1983, also available as an eBook from online retailers.

Overlord / Underhand (2013) was his first novel. The prequel, Judith in Hell (2014), was his second. Three True Tales (2015) is a short collection of longish short stories.

Dr. Wells and his wife Elizabeth now live happily in obscurity in the middle of the Midwest, where they serve as staff to an Alaskan Malamute and a Siberian Husky, “Snow Dog and Regular Dog” to the neighborhood kids.

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Smashwords Interview

The product description of "Overlord, Underhand" says your novel is "based on an amazing and inspiring true story". What do you mean by that?
"Overlord, Underhand" is based on the experiences and achievements of a real-life MI5 operative, a (mostly) unsung hero who became the most successful double agent of WWII. He was a civilian, not a military man, a Spanish national brought to London, and a pacifist. Yet he believed so fervently in opposing Nazi Germany that he worked with the British to plant calculated deceptions on the Nazi war machine from 1942 through the end of the war. What he and his MI5 case officer accomplished was amazing in that their campaigns of deception had a real effect and influenced the outcome of real events -- most importantly helping to ensure the success of the Allied invasion of Normandy on D-Day. Our spy is inspiring in that he had to overcome many obstacles by his wits alone in order to become a confidential agent for the Germans before being accepted as a double agent by MI5; and then he successfully met the challenge of keeping up the pretense for years, in the process becoming the most valued spy for both sides in the conflict.
So the extraordinary events related in "Overlord, Underhand" really happened?
For the most part, yes. The facts cited are true; and most of the characters on either side of the conflict, even those who are composite portraits and shaped to the dramatic needs of fiction, are based on real individuals. Once in England, our Spanish hero and his MI5 case officer build -- as my real-life models actually did -- a notional network of almost two dozen imaginary "agents" to feed the Germans plausible misinformation; and their small team plays a role in all the major Anglo-American invasions of German-occupied territory -- North Africa, Sicily, and most significantly, Normandy on D-Day. Truth IS stranger than fiction. The most frankly incredible events -- such as fooling even Hitler about the "real" D-Day landing, delaying the full V1 rocket campaign, and receiving both the Iron Cross and the MBE from both warring governments in 1944 for the same work -- really happened. Part of my happy task as a novelist has been to create the context and make plausible the circumstances in which these real events could understandably occur.
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Where to find Robert P. Wells online

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Veteran's Day
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,770. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2016. Categories: Plays » American / African American
A Dark Comedy in One Act, based on a true story. Set in Southern California just after the fall of Saigon, three ex-Marines, now butchers working at an Alpha Beta Supermarket, are on strike, manning the graveyard shift picket line. As they talk while playing poker, comic confessions and darker secrets emerge. And these aren’t the only surprises that happen in the dead of night.
Three True Tales
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 45,200. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
A short stack of long short stories, three character studies set in Southern California in the late 1960s/early 1970s, men at work telling each other stories from their lives – whether funny, poignant, or dark secrets – lives that are about to change. All tales are based on true stories, fictional accounts of actual events, and that includes the tales inside the stories the men tell one another.
Judith in Hell - WRNS Officer Judith Burroughs, P.O.W.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 148,910. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
A novel of WWII: Set in the spring and summer of 1940, the Royal Navy’s Judith Burroughs, assigned as a Liaison Officer with the British Expeditionary Force on the Continent when Hitler’s blitzkrieg begins, is captured by the Nazis during the Allied retreat to Dunkirk. Her fight for survival and to get home is just beginning. Prequel to "Overlord, Underhand." Historical fiction/feminist fiction.
Journeyman: Selected Poems
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,740. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
"Journeyman: Selected Poems" is a poetry collection from author Robert P. Wells shaped on two ideas – travel experiences (including inner journeys), and the craft of poetry, a “new wine, old bottles” trial of many forms of poetry, from free verse to highly structured traditional forms, exploring many different themes. Out of print for years, Journeyman is newly recast in eBook form.
Overlord, Underhand
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 273,560. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Overlord / Underhand is an epic WWII novel filled with surprising twists and turns about espionage and counter-espionage, the gripping true-to-life story of the clandestine war of deception waged by British Intelligence against the Nazi war machine in a high-stakes battle of wits and wills that could make or break D-Day, led by the most unexpected spy the world has never known – until now!

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