Charles Justus Garard

Biography

I am a retired PhD in literature and writing who taught for sixteen years at a private college in Atlanta, at a university and community college back in my home state of Illinois, and for seven years in the People's Republic of China. Before finishing my degrees and becoming a professor, I worked in film advertising for two theatre companies in Illinois and sold advertising for a community newspaper in Missouri.

Since returning to the USA in 2012, I have been devoting my time to writing. I do have one print book published as a scholarly evaluation of books made into films, focusing on British author John Fowles. My hope now is to continue my struggles to publish fiction novels that I have been working on for years.

Two novels based on my teaching experiences in China are FORBIDDEN VOICES and FOREIGNERS AND EMPERORS, which are semi-fictional exposes.. Completed and available are a time-travel mystery called OF TIME AND THE DREAMER, a time-travel adventure titled FROM HERE TO ATLANTIS, and a work about an extraterrestrial occupation in a small town called CIRCLES AND REALM. First completed and available is a trilogy of paranormal (horror) novels called the DARK JOURNEYS TRILOGY, soon to be followed by a fourth novel in the DARK JOURNEYS series called THE CURSE OF THE LAMIAE. Featuring many of the same characters in OF TIME AND THE DREAMER is the follow-up time-travel novel titled RACING AGAINST TIME. In the planning and note-taking stage is another semi-fictional experience based on characters from the Philippines tentatively titled CYBER-SCAM.

I really appreciate the sweat and mental trials that authors must go through, and I hope to continue my support for my colleagues through group sites through Facebook. Thank you all for support by continuing to read literature -- in whatever format. Right now, the USA is in fifth place among the countries in the world with the most educated people. I hope we can change that by showing that we are not only good at playing computer games.

Connect with Charles Justus Garard:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charles.g.phd
Twitter: https://twitter.com/chukk0913
Blog: http://www.virgostone.wordpress.com
Smashwords Interview: https://www.smashwords.com/interview/chukkgarard
Smashwords profile page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/chukkgarard
Web site: https://www.the-alternate-world-of-cjg.com

Smashwords Interview

What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are extremely important to me, as they should be to any writer -- whether the author of best-sellers or writers of any age and notoriety who are struggling with their craft. Any fans that I am fortunate enough to acquire probably love the paranormal or horror and are not satisfied with the usual vampire, zombie, and werewolf lore and look beyond mere gore for their excitement. They are probably imaginative and want to be challenged intellectually. The same fans or even different ones might be more interested in the twists and turns of a time-travel novel. In the case of OF TIME AND THE DREAMER, they might want to find something beyond the usual science-fiction machinations , even if it means looking into themselves. Yes, this novel delves deeply into human psychology and tantalizes readers with a little mystery along the way. Down the road, if they are still enjoying the search, they may like the adventure of a trip back through time to the lost continent of Atlantis. We'll see.
What are you working on next?
I have just finished the time-travel novel and am getting ready to dive back into my manuscript which takes us to the lost continent of Atlantis. This is a work of exploration, but it contains a science-fiction element in that our searchers find their way back to the distant past in an entirely different manner than do the time-travelers in OF TIME AND THE DREAMER. I have enjoyed reading about Atlantis since I was an undergraduate at a small mid-western college in Illinois. My physics instructor Howard Porter saw my interest in going beyond the usual classroom activities and assigned different projects for me as independent studies -- one of them having to do with the legends and mysteries of Atlantis. I never let go of that topic and added any books I could find on the subject to my book shelves. Some of these books still remain there . . . written by those who believe that such a continent existed and those who tried to discredit the myths. Later, I earned my MA in English by writing a thesis on the literature surrounding the myths. Even though I eventually earned my PhD by writing about literature turned into films, I never forgot my first love. Now maybe I can approach it again in a manner utilizing my imagination as well as research. As of now, the novel is titled FROM HERE TO ATLANTIS. I hope that readers find the journey to this lost civilization to be worth their efforts.
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Books

Foreigners and Emperors
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 52,510. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
It is the second tour of duty in China for Alex Barteau, professor of writing and literature, and he encounters resistance almost as soon as he arrives at the Chinese university which is connected with the US university in Southern Indiana. Often he is blamed for the missteps of others and begins to believe that his efforts this time around are being sabotaged. Politics and education do not mix.
Forbidden Voices
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,600. Language: American English. Published: November 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
American Alex Barteau learns that forbidden voices exist throughout his career, not only as a newspaper man and college professor but particularly when he is hired to teach at a technological university in northeast China, He meets ex-patriots from other countries who share some of the same issues when they encounter a system that reveals an appearance-only attitude toward higher education.
Circles and Realms
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,440. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
A crop circle is discovered in the corn field on the farm of Jerry and Helen Allison outside the small Illinois of Lakeville. A reunion at the farm has been planned, but the crop circle disrupts her family and the entire town of Lakeville. Shadowy figures are seen at specific moments, as are duplicates of deceased or absent loved ones. Cell phones cease to work. Are aliens here to invade the town?
Dark Journeys: Book 3 of the Dark Journeys Trilogy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 112,540. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Dr. Harper Paget has searched for the deadly shape-shifting entities from another dimension who have been enemies of his ancestors for generations. In Book 1, he fought them in Altanta, GA. In Book 2, he battled with them in a haunted hotel in China. In Book 3. he is called to his hometown In Warrick, IL, where his friends are having to combat them -- and deal with returned dead -- without help.
Dark Corridors
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,960. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Dr. Harper Paget continues his search for the deadly shape-shifting, dimension-traveling creatures who were the enemies of his ancestors and recently caused the death of his wife and close friends. Soon after his arrival to teach at a Chinese university, he is attacked by a female creature in his dorm building. He meets new friends to help him battle his old enemies, endangering them as well.
Dark Neighborhoods
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,360. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
Nowhere are you safe. Not in your dreams. Not in your past. Not in the DARK NEIGHBORHOODS where time-traveling, shape-shifting entities from another dimension have taken hold. In ancient Greece, they took the form of the Lamiae. In modern Indonesia, they have taken the form of insidious creatures known as the kuntilanak. Now they are here, so beware of what you search for. They may find you!
From Here To Atlantis
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,700. Language: American English. Published: April 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Imagine an ancient and abandoned village that may have been a surviving remnant of the lost civilization of Atlantis, pushed down inside the earth by an extraterrestrial projectile that struck the main continent. When a section of the projectile is discovered in an eerie temple, the explorers learn that the alien object can send them back in time to Atlantis itself just prior to its destruction.
Of Time and the Dreamer
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,650. Language: American English. Published: September 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
If you could visit your own past, would you be tempted to make changes? What if this version of your past is actually in another dimension and any changes would only impact the present and future in that dimension? Would re-live your life as you did the first time or try to correct mistakes? Tyler Grant must make this decision when he time-travels through a dream corridor - as well as stay alive.

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