Joseph Philbrook


I'm a reader. I've always preferred reading a good book, to watching the movie. I spent most of my adult life, working at one unfulfilling job or another. While I dreamed of writing books instead. Lately I've decided to start living the dream.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Well the first story I can remember was never published. I called it "The Power". It was about a young boy, a camp fire and the boy's mentor, who had an unusual ability to affect the flow of time. It was also about how much effort, a kind hearted man was willing to invest in the happiness of the small boy, who just wanted his mentor to be proud of him.
What is your writing process?
I probably make things harder for myself than I need to. Or at least that's what it would seem like to most people. I generally compose using a document processor called LyX. Which keeps me from accidentally fat fingering extra spaces between the words, and a few other similar things. LyX tries to let me focus on what I'm writing rather than on how to format it. It also lets me easily define larger than output screen fonts. So that I don't need to wear my reading glasses.
As I write, I also keep browser tabs open to a couple of on-line dictionaries. Which I often use to find just the right word or phrase.
Once I'm happy with the book, I extract a plain text version of it, which I paste into a 'blank' LibreOffice document, which has all the pre-defined paragraph styles I need to replicate the way it all looked in LyX.
I try to follow Mark Coker's 'Smaswords Style Guide' as I apply those paragraph styles, and save the result as the "Word doc" that I'll need if I'm going to upload it to Smashword's meat grinder. Then I read the resulting file several times, as I try to spot and fix my mistakes. When I stop finding typos, I think about publishing the results.
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Series: Symbionts. Price: Free! Words: 238,680. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Jake Peterson is on a treacherous mountain road with poor visibility. A man suddenly falls into the road in front of him. Jake swerves and crashes. When he comes to he is alarmed to learn that to save his life the stranger infused him with nanites. Which come with strange abilities and huge problems. As he tries to remain human he learns the galaxy's fate may depend on his embracing his nanites.
Biosymbionce 2 XenDar
Series: Symbionts. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 193,240. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The biosymbiont, Tom is haunted by reoccurring dreams of a world he's never been to. They are the result of other people's memories having been implanted in his brain. Then Tom, along with his pledged adept, go to the strange forest world of XenDar. Where the daggerthorn plants they bring with them may be the answer to a strange disease that's beginning to decimate it's forests.
Series: Symbionts. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 228,400. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
An ageing off the grid hacker is mutilated in a tubeway accident because he tried to save a stranger who turned out to be a renegade genius. Who declined to let him die. And who turns to genetic engineering to regrow his body using DNA from an aggressive sentient symbiotic plant. After his painful awakening he finds himself among a primitive promiscuous people, on a dangerous planet named Gudjeon.

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