Neil grew up in Smithfield, Utah, and currently holds a General Class license amateur radio license. He was a material handler for over 10 years while obtaining a BA from Utah State University. He has been a freelance writer for most of that time and has been published in a variety of magazines over the years.
Neil worked for Utah State University for twelve years with the Junior Engineering program. He enjoys writing, Frisbee (disc) golf and bonfires. He is the father of five children and lives in Logan Utah.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The stories I write used to be novel length, but are now considered novella's, and the big publishers don't publish those length stories, so I decided to publish them myself.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By giving me the tools to publish quality E books at an affordable price.
Lew Dabb made a collection of short stories for a few friends and family before he passed away. Two of those stories were published as novella’s on Smashwords. This collection is the remainder of those fiction stories as well as another fiction story found buried in his computer later on. These are Lew Dabb’s ‘Untold Stories’
Cal Wiggins, the fifth son of a London blacksmith and Condo Martin, future pirate, grew up together in London. Many years later they reunite in one last adventure, pitting them against nature and a ruthless merchant ship's captain in a quest for a ship and passage to the wild American west.
In a quest to avenge his father's death, fourth generation blacksmith, Cal Wiggins joins forces with an indian named Monjo. After meeting a beautiful girl, he must try to capture the bad guys, get the girl and find the pirate treasure all without getting himself killed.
When Amy Hayden was whisked away from her job at the Casino she doubted she would ever be able to return, but when a close friend is framed for murder she convinces The Historian to return to help her clear her friend's name. Unfortunately the key to clearing her friend lies in the distant past in a nearby boomtown, where her great grandmother is the local schoolteacher.
Amy Hayden had been whisked away from her life in Northern Nevada, and finds herself in Antarctica where two old friends are working in a secret lab. Now she must help The Historian prevent a subspace rift from forming while helping her friends travel to the past to save The Historian's niece.
Amy Hayden needed a break when a mysterious stranger wins a writing contest. When that stranger turns out to be a time traveler sent to save her from a grizzly death she finds herself whisked away to an adventure in caverns beneath the surface of the moon. Now they must stop an explosion that will destroy the moon and create a temporal rift that will eventually engulf the galaxy.
Cal Wheams enters the Hangman’s Noose and is drawn into an adventure when Alexandria learns that she is the sole surviving heir to the throne on Theta X. In order to keep the planet from being taken over by the Dragons from the Dragonworld she must gather a small group of pirates and others to go through subspace and rally the remaining humans on the planet in defense of Theta X.
The Pirates of Orion’s Belt: Boxed Set tells the adventures of Meserplunkt, a pirate from the distant future, and contains five titles:
The Pirates of Orion’s Belt: The Dragonworld
The Pirates of Orion’s Belt: Beyond That Horizon
The Pirates of Orion’s Belt: Cursed Treasure
The Pirates of Orion’s Belt: Dead Men Tell No Tales?
The Pirates of Orion’s Belt: Percy’s Revenge
On a mysterious planet that appears and disappears every fifty years, a warrior race prepares for changes that occur as the planet moves from subspace to real space.
Landing on Theta X presents a challenge Cornelius can’t resist. Cornelius almost succeeds when a dragon gets in the way. Now Cornelius must save his crew from the sirens song before they are dumped into the depths of subspace.
An attempt on Cal Wheams life, and the kidnapping of his son were the beginning of the end of the big presses. Now Cal must finish a war that started before his son was born, while his friends rescue his son. All without getting everyone he cares for killed.
A mysterious box and a disappearing tattoo are the keys to unlimited treasure, as well as the final nail in the coffin for the Trading Company, the bane of Meserplunkt and the other Pirates of Orion's Belt. When Percy returns, bent on revenge against his former captain, it becomes vital that Meserplunkt rally all pirates in the sector to defeat Percy and the Trading Company, once and for all.
On the planet Tortuga, the owner of the bar, Condo Martin, has apparently died. As pirates from around the sector come to pay their respects Meserplunkt and Griff learn of another legendary treasure on a planet that is accessible only when two ships act in tandem. Together they go to the planet and find a Midas fountain.
Now they must find a way to get the treasure safely off the planet.
RanJon was not aboard the Silver Raven, Meserplunkt's ship, when she disappeared on their quest for the treasure, a fact that would haunt him until RanJon met Britney, a bouncy blue eyed brunette who would gather a crew in an attempt to rescue the pirates on the Silver Raven.
With the help of three dragons, and two brothers who can speak to planets, Meserplunkt and crew escape the cursed planet.
As a young boy, Meserplunkt learned of the location of the second legendary treasure. A planet where jewel fountains provide all the treasure a pirate could desire, if they can keep the planet from eating them, ship and all.
The presses had behaved themselves for several years, until the terrorists blew up an inhabited planet, the first of a three pronged attack that would pit Cal Wheams against an old enemy and leave the common man wondering how much of the war had been the starving presses begging for attention.
Meserplunkt is a pirate captain of a ship called the Silver Raven. While on the Pole, a planet used by pirates for carnal pleasures, Meserplunkt finds a map to the Dragonworld, and the treasures hidden there.
Before he can steal the treasure he must thwart the plans of his mutinous first mate and then avoid the intrigue of a civil war taking place on the Dragonworld.
25 years ago, Cal Wheams worked on a time machine. Now a timeship captain is asking for his help to move a planet that has been pulled into the past back to it’s appropriate place in the present. Meanwhile, Angela, his wife, must keep a group of rebel rodents from destroying the planet when it returns.
A simple stop at the Hangman’s Noose for a drink leads Sherri on an adventure to help a new found race in the gray mists of subspace end a war between the other two groups that live there. She will work with the owner of the Hangman’s Noose and with the help of four other customers defeat an arms dealer and bring peace to the creatures of subspace.
When The Press Wars break out, they leave Cal Wheams trapped on a small remote world. To survive till help arrives he takes cover with a beautiful local reporter.
Help arrives in the form of his pen pal/girlfriend, adding more complications to an already tense situation.
Now Cal must ease the tensions between the two women, and deal with the leader of the other side to forge a peace treaty.
Cal Wheams is a man of many talents. In addition to writing, he is a toy maker. Now a mysterious visitor has arrived, asking him to make a toy that will lead him into his own past, and will pit him against one of the vilest villains in the galaxy.
The title of this collection comes in two parts. My daughter made me a cross stitch picture of a story teller (with the insinuation that I was a story teller), and then I thought of all of the shows that have two part episodes and how some of my stories are my view of what happens next or is the prequel to something else I have written or hope to write.
Hope you enjoy them.
It is difficult to write a stage play in a science fiction setting, but with a bit of creative back stage work and some imagination these two one act plays should satisfy some of the science fiction fans out there.
The next generation of blacksmiths arrive on Altron in time to help Stephen Alphonzo (the blind blacksmith) forge a new treaty with the knifewraiths, but they find they must soon leave to help forge a treaty with off-worlders who are threatening the rest of the civilized worlds of the galaxy.
Sequel to: The Blind Blacksmith.