Justin Beghtol


I've been writing stories as long as I can remember, but didn't get around to finishing anything until I forced myself to write a short story. Finishing "Introducing a Duranaki" gave me the confidence to write four more, covering an evolving backstory, that became my first published book.

The tail of that story lead naturally into the sequel, "Quarantine Lost".

I have a few other works that I might get back to, but I've also been working on some more family-friendly works. My next project is a sort of high-tech fairy tale and I'm very excited about it.

I do this for the joy of writing and telling stories. By day, I develop software, commuting by train, and drowning out the boredom of the ride by putting the stories in my head on paper (well, computer).

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
From a glance, it's overly cluttered with stacks of books and papers and broken things I'm supposed to fix. I know where everything is, more or less. Sometimes I clean down to the wood, but it never lasts.
When did you first start writing?
When I was quite young, maybe twelve. I can't recall the age, but I had just read the Book of Three, and I wrote my own "Book of Two". It was probably only a few pages, and it's lost to time, but I can still remember a line like "He rolled onto the sword causing a nasty cut of terrible pain" or something like that. Pretty bad. I've gotten better. :)
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Where to find Justin Beghtol online


Quarantine Lost
Series: Dúranaki Chronicles, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 282,300. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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There are planets known to the Empire, planets quarantined for their unique energy fields, planets on which strange, unnatural things occur. The locals have been known to call it viiri, or magic. In no instance has it been found to function in space, or on other planets. Until now. Quarantine Lost explores the struggles of two very different protagonists who attempt to contain this new threat.
Dúranaki Chronicles, Volume 1
Series: Dúranaki Chronicles, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 127,350. Language: American English. Published: March 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Dúranaki Chronicles features five short stories revolving around T'vance Arain, a hot-headed drug addict, assassin, and aspiring mage.