J. Daniel Sawyer

Biography

J. Daniel Sawyer is a hat-wearing, obsessive-compulsive autodidact attempting to write his way out of the loony bin.
A self-aggrandizing science fiction and fantasy author who publishes lurid stories and, worse, the occasional popular philosophy article, he is also a very minor authority on Open Source media production (a topic on which he is, unfortunately, published regularly in LinuxJournal).
In addition to his wanton abuse of the printed word, he unscrupulously uses his decade-long experience as an audio and video producer with his painfully florid and gritty writing style to create deeply immersive audio universes. This habit, which he indulges in public, has garnered him seven Parsec nominations and helped him make his first professional fiction and philosophy sales (a trend which, for the good of the world at large, we can only hope abates soon). Meanwhile, his growing, rabid fan-base is currently plotting to imprison him and force him to produce endless new literary abominations for their amusement. We can only hope they succeed.
Should you be so inclined, you can communicate with this shady character, as well as find podcasts, articles, and other literary abominations at http://www.jdsawyer.net

Where to find J. Daniel Sawyer online


Where to buy in print


Books

He Ain't Heavy
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Series: The Clarke Lantham Mysteries, Book 5. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 122,440. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2013 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
According to the official story, Martin Galloway shot himself in front of two cops. But his bereaved fiancee smells a rat, and when the system fails her, she turns to Clarke Lantham Investigations to prove that Martin was murdered. At stake: the reputation of one of the world's greatest humanitarians...and his twenty billion dollar estate.
Making Tracks: A Writer's Guide to Audiobooks (and How to Produce Them)
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 72,910. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2013 by AWP Books. Category: Nonfiction
Audiobooks represent the second fastest-growing segment of the book industry. As demand explodes like never before, how can an author capture this audience? Making Tracks gives you everything you need to produce, and distribute your own audiobooks and radio dramas—from performance technique to studio design to production management, and more. Don't miss out on this unprecedented opportunity!
Eyes of Wax
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,800. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2013 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
Two biotech nightmares in one ebook... In a world where implants make the blind see, the lame walk, and the deaf hear, what becomes of human mind? When public suspicion of the enhanced hits crisis, one man discovers just how much his fellow citizens value their humanity--and how far they'll go to squelch anything that threatens it. Includes bonus story: Self-Sustaining
Control Room
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,900. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2013 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
He sits alone, with no name. A faceless creature with a single purpose, he lives in a small room. He knows only his consoles, his buttons, his screens--the surfaces of a control room for a great machine that he calls "the universe." One room. Infinite possibilities.
The Garden Pool
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,050. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
Books. Power. Electricity. The wizard has everything forbidden the common people—and nobody even knows his name. For two girls barely in their teens, the mystery—and the temptations—prove irresistible. On a cold winter's night, they enter the wizard's garden to discover a treasure more precious than any they imagined—and a secret that tests their friendship beyond any civilized limits...
Ideas, Inc.
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,750. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2012 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
Caleb and Lenny have two flat tires, no cell reception, and no idea what to do. Fortunately, they broke down right in front of a place that deals in ideas. For the special price of $17, they can get a pack of seven completely original, ultra-premum ideas. But will it get them out of trouble before they're forced to talk to each other again? Find out in this hilarious all-night adventure farce.
The Society of Miserable Bastards
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,940. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
Thirty-five years ago, ten children were abandoned in a pit of quicksand by mile-marker thirty-five to protect the reputation of the all-powerful Chiswick family. Saved by the local bag lady, they now meet annually as The Society of Miserable Bastards to bestowing blessings upon the family that abandoned them, one by one. And tonight, they have a very special guest indeed...
The Serpent and the Satchel
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Series: The Lombard Alchemist Tales, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,640. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2012 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
An office is no place to waste a golden spring afternoon, so Albert escaped early to spend some time at the park. But with emergency deadlines from his boss, he must work through his time off. Neither Albert nor his boss planned on an unexpected adventure courtesy a broken briefcase, an escaped python, and a mischievous pawnbroker who keeps a creepy little shop out on the edge of nowhere.
Suave Rob's Double-X Derring Do
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 21,550. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2012 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
One Surfboard. Two X-Chromosomes. All Man. Climbing Olympus Mons put him on the map, and children everywhere tune into watch every time he skydives from a space station, but Suave Rob Suarez is just getting started. Together with his childhood hero and his stunt partner, he's gonna stage the biggest daredevil stunt the universe has ever seen: Surf a supernova. Or die trying.
Chicken Noodle Gravity
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Series: The Lombard Alchemist Tales, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,230. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
Stephen got stoned to deal with the chemo, but it's his husband who really needs the drugs. After all, watching your partner of twenty years die of cancer can leave you courting bankruptcy. It can drive you to steal, or cheat, or look for hope in a can of chicken-noodle soup you bought from the demonic pawnbroker at a creepy old hock shop at the edge of nowhere. Incl. bonus story: Sleep, Walk
Throwing Lead: A Writer's Guide to Firearms (and the People Who Use Them) by J. Daniel Sawyer and Mary Mason
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 93,090. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2012 by AWP Books. Category: Nonfiction
Most people don't grow up around guns, but most fiction writers have to know about them. This entertaining, humorous, and accessible guide takes you from the very basics of gun tech through the social and psychological quirks of cops, crooks, spies, and other professional gunmen.
Frock Coat Dreams: Romances, Nightmares, and Fancies from the Steampunk Fringe
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 22,830. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2012 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
From the dawn of cryonics, to an irascible zombie, to a magical vineyard, this collection of Steampunk tales ranges far and wide through the genre, bringing you faerie stories, dark humor, and moments of beauty to stoke your most treasured desires. Contains six short stories and six poems.
On Matters Most Austere
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,520. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2012 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
If vampires, resurrectionists, or the undead are complicating your estate planning, this pamphlet is for you. Detailed instructions on how to spot and stop these blights on the landscape before they cause problems, from the Greater London chapter of the Committee to Restrict the Accidental Population.
Sunday Morning Giraffe
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Series: The Lombard Alchemist Tales, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,390. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2012 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
It's 3AM on a Sunday in the middle of the desert, and Aldo wants a giraffe, but not just any giraffe will do. Aldo requires the particular one housed in the glass display case in a creepy pawn shop at the edge of nowhere. His parents are at loose ends to satisfy the five-year-old, unaware that he is being guided by a demon-posessed rat with an agenda of its own.
Silent Victor
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Series: The Clarke Lantham Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 119,970. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2012 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Clarke Lantham got a good chuckle when a world-famous alien hunter tried him to prevent an attack on San Francisco. He stopped laughing 12 hours later when gray aliens apparently stole a priceless artifact in full view of security cameras. But when takes the case, he finds himself working against the Chinese Government and the FBI. Book 4 of The Clarke Lantham Mysteries Mystery/Comedy/Thriller
Down From Ten
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 135,450. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2011 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Eight artists at a retreat work to survive an avalanche burying their house, but avoiding cabin fever is difficult when everyone's having the same dream... “Down From Ten is a brilliant, sometimes creepy take on a bohemian cozy with surreal underpinnings and an irrepressibly touching ending.” –Gail Carriger, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Parasol Protectorate series
Science Fiction Weaponry: A Guide for Writers by J. Daniel Sawyer and Mary Mason
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,530. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2011 by AWP Books. Category: Nonfiction
The author of The Antithesis Progression teams up with the author of The Rehumanization of Jade Darcy to provide an in-depth guide to the science fact that underlies some of the most popular weapons in science fiction. Whether you're a writer looking to add depth and texture to your weapons technology, or a fan who wants to know how it all works, this is the place.
Free Will (and Other Compulsions)
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Series: The Antithesis Progression, Book 2. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 220,760. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2011 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Book 2 of The Antithesis Progression As the Lunar Revolution threatens to unravel, fugitive Joss Kyle has one chance left to clear his name and avert an interplanetary war before events spin out of control--assuming he can rid himself of his sworn enemy, Alyssa Hartman. View From Valhalla calls Free Will "Challenging, entertaining, and amazing...Sawyer dazzles the literary palate."
Smoke Rings
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Series: The Clarke Lantham Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,390. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2011 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
An old girlfriend pulls Clarke Lantham into a New Year's Eve chase for a federal fugitive and the $50,000 price on his head. Book 3 of the Clarke Lantham Mysteries
Sculpting God: Bedtime Stories For Adults
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 34,510. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2011 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
The Award-nominated author of The Antithesis Progression and Down From Ten brings you a genre-spanning collection in the American Gothic tradition of Flannery O'Connor, Ray Bradbury, and Ambrose Bierce. Bedtime stories aren't just for children anymore. Contains: "Lilith" "Angels Unawares" "The Coffee Service" "We Create Worlds" "Control Room" "The Man In The Rain" and "Train Time"
The Coffee Service
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,420. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2011 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
In this neighborhood, it's not often that visitors come to the door. You want to be hospitable. You want to let them in. But sometimes, even over something as innocent as coffee in a haunted house, you get more than you bargained for.
Self-Sustaining
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,810. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2011 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Two biotech nightmares in one ebook... Theo, a virtual monk, denies his hospitality to no one. After decades of lavish expense, his chief researcher joins him to celebrate the breakthrough he's been waiting for: the world's perfect, environmentally-friendly, completely ethical food. And what better way to celebrate than a feast of biblical proportions... Includes bonus story: Eyes of Wax
We Create Worlds
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,530. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2011 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
Rick is a scurrilous scoundrel with a heart of gold—not because he's warm and fuzzy underneath, but because his heart is totally devoted to money. His favorite goldmine is his shop, where he vends virtual reality. He keeps his customers happy, and he always knows how to find a handy college girl with more cocaine than sense. Life is good. But life has a way of doing unexpected things.
Train Time
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,840. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2011 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
You've seen him before: the man sitting at the airport or the train station, waiting for someone who will come...sometime. And you wondered, "Who is he waiting for?" Have you ever met someone who took your breath away, only to realize it was because you breathed the same air? Maybe that's who he's waiting for. Spending his days and nights in the station waiting...for Train Time.
Predestination (and Other Games of Chance)
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Series: The Antithesis Progression, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 124,010. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2011 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
When leaving Earth to escape a contract on his life, Joss Kyle finds his poker habit gets him caught up in a struggle for control of the entire solar system. He just wants to build a new life, but in the looking-glass world above the gravity well, survival, like poker, is just another sport. And in this contest, it isn’t whether you win or lose, it's how you rig the game.
The Man In The Rain
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,630. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2011 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
Mondu, once an AI designer at the top of the Nigerian IT industry, needed to escape from a life that was eating him alive. He found refuge as a shopkeeper in the depths of the Amazon, at a unique resort. It's a preserve for all forms of Amazon life--reptiles, mammals, and human and material culture. No modern technology allowed. Some people come here to disappear. Others come to hunt them.
Angels Unawares
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,040. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2011 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
In 1898, a woman’s body was discovered broken and battered at the bottom of a tall sea bluff in Southern Scotland. and the small town she lived in began locking the doors at night. Only one man saw what happened, but he carried the secret of her death to his death bed. Wounded in the trenches on the Western Front, he gives his last confession...
Cold Duty: Selected Readings from the Diary of a Gelusian Repairman
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,800. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
Manchester, 1860. Jamie Broadman is ripped from his comfortable life in the stables and inducted into the family business: protecting the secrets of the royal family while building a stronger Britain. Britain would never be the same. Courtesy of the British Museum and the Broadman Estate, these are the edited diaries of the man who single-handedly created the modern world...by accident.
At The Edge of Nowhere
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Series: The Lombard Alchemist Tales, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,990. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2011 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
Spend enough time at the end of your rope, and you'll make some bad choices--make enough of them, and your choices start making themselves. But when you're a nineteen year old boy living on the streets with no money for food, you find salvation anywhere you can. Maybe in a dumpster, or a brothel, or a gun. Or maybe in a creepy, cold pawn shop, in a broken down city at the edge of nowhere.
A Ghostly Christmas Present
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Series: The Clarke Lantham Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,820. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2010 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
0.25 star(4.25 from 4 reviews)
It's hard to beat being thrown in an out-of-state jail on a trumped up charge as a Christmas present, but detective Clarke Lantham loves a challenge. So when he calls up his brother for help with bail, he thinks he's prepared for the ordeal of spending a holiday weekend with relatives who put the "strange" back in "estranged." That was his first mistake.
Lilith
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,700. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2010 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Night hag? Dark goddess? Disgraceful wife? She's been maligned for centuries as the source of women's misery. That is the story they told in the Talmud. But this is her story, in her own words. The story of Lilith.
Buried Alive In The Blues
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,190. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2010 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
The world is ending, but for Irene there is one last thing to do before the apocalypse consumes everything: the last blues concert given by the best band she's ever heard, and an encounter with a stranger that unlocks the mystery of her husband's death.
And Then She Was Gone
By J. Daniel Sawyer
Series: The Clarke Lantham Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 59,510. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2010 by AWP Books. Category: Fiction
0.75 star(4.71 from 7 reviews)
A fretful mother needs Clarke Lantham's help, but finding her missing daughter might just send reality into a drunken tailspin. From the posh shadow of Mount Diablo to the kink clubs of San Francisco, a lone detective chases down pieces of the weirdest puzzle he's ever seen, all for the sake of a 19-year-old girl whose face he can't stop seeing every time he closes his eyes.

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