Larry Porter


Larry Porter has been writing since 1976, when he had his second project, a children’s play, Treehouse, produced in Atlanta, Ga. He has written fourteen full-length plays. Another, The Gospel According to Jesus, was produced in Asheville, NC. He has written numerous short stories, eight novels including Chance Mountain, Ivan the Backward Man, True Globalization, The Carousel, The Blue Barrel, The Visitor, and After America: Rebuilding. He has a memoir, Self-Storage Business and a collection of short stories titled Heaven? dealing with the afterlife. He has written four screenplays. His latest project is writing history in verse. A compilation of four epic poems titled History in Verse includes The Experiment, a history of the US, The Reconstruction of a Nation, a history of the Civil War, The Quest for the West, a history of the settling of the US west, and The Sixties, a history of the decade of the 1960s in the US. Look for a new series of totalitarians of the twentieth century coning soon. He lives in the North Carolina Mountains where he continues to write.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
Messy, piles of papers, books, notes and old, used napkins never thrown away. But I saw Carl Sandburg's desk and it looks worse. So I figure I'm in good company.
When did you first start writing?
1976. I had a story running around in my head for years and finally jumped in and wrote a play entitled "Justice Prevails".
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Where to find Larry Porter online


The Visitors
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 98,830. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
A star in our Milky Way, far away from Earth, holds the planet Experiment. People who homo sapiens thought had become extinct, are preparing to leave to find a new planet that can sustain their lives in a safer, more comfortable environment. Experiment is becoming extremely dangerous.
History in Verse
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,600. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American, Poetry » Epic
History in Verse is a collection of four epic poems covering four periods in the history of the United States. The Experiment, embraces the history of the US from 1775 to 2012. The Quest for the West of the people moving westward to settle new lands. The Reconstruction of a Nation covers everything the Civil War. America in the Sixties: A Most Interesting Decade, a look at the 1960s.
The Blue Barrel
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 129,570. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Tom Conard works for the EPA in Western North Carolina. When he helps a man take a 55 gallon blue barrel off his truck to place it in a storage unit, something doesn't seem right. He's afraid the man is trying to dispose of some illegal substance. He has no idea how his life is about to change.
The Reconstruction of a Nation
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,690. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American
The Reconstruction of a Nation is an epic verse poem about the US Civil War. It starts with the forty years the led us into war. Then it travels, by year, through all major battles, civilian life on both sides, women in the period, politics and prisoners, slavery, newspapers, foreign reactions. It ends, explaining Reconstruction in a beaten South.
The Carousel
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 40,100. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Educational
The carousel will remind one of "Animal Farm" or "Gulliver's Travels" as it take the reader for a ride round and round. Mr. Big dictates who and when his customers may ride. For those who cannot afford the carousel, he offers train rides on a lower level. Mr. Shepherd and his small group decide they're not very happy with Mr. Big continually raising prices while the ride deteriorates.
America in the Sixties: a most interesting decade
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,380. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Nonfiction » History » American
America in the Sixties: A Most Interesting Decade, covers the nineteen sixties in the U.S. This was the only decade in U.S. history with four prominent leaders of the country assassinated. The decade began in a near nuclear holocaust. The country was forced into the Vietnam War. The Civil Rights movement grew legs. The poem covers music, feminism, hippies, and music. Don't forget technology.
Quest for the West
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,890. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American, Poetry » American poetry » General
The Quest for the West is an epic, historical poem that tells the story of the US expansion through the years, ending when all states were occupied to the Pacific Ocean. It begins with the thirteen colonies becoming a nation. After telling the stories of the hardships of the brave souls who took the journey, it ends when the country spans from coast to coast.
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 9,640. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2013. Categories: Plays » American / African American
Big Cataloochee and Little Cataloochee, rich valleys tucked in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, were settled by rugged individualists in 1838. These men were the first to cut the trees and cultivate this land. Then, in 1927, the government decided to build a national park in the east, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They removed one thousand descendents from their farms and homes.
A Tragedy in the Mountains
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 9,120. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2013. Categories: Plays » American / African American
This script is based on the true-life story of Nancy Kerley, a fifty-five year old, frail woman who was ordered by her son-in-law to take her two-and-a-half year old granddaughter and go to the County Home in Haywood County, North Carolina to live, since he could no longer support them. She came back to his cabin without the baby and professed to have given her away.
The Experiment
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,770. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2013. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Nonfiction » History » American
The Experiment is an epic history of the United States of America in poem form. It covers the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, the Constitution, and every president, from Washington to Obama. Hopefully, it will not only make the reader, if not already interested in history, enjoy history, as well as bring forth questions to the point of researching for themselves.
Heaven ?
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 36,770. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
Most, if not all, people question what the afterlife is all about. That includes religious people who believe in Heaven. This book consists of eighteen short stories, all with the theme of what an individual or family’s afterlife might be like. Each instance is dependent on how and where they spent their lives, and, in some cases, how they died. They are not meant to be religious in nature.
Self Storage Auctions and Business
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 29,610. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Small business & entrepreneurship
Do you want to, attend auctions build a storage site, buy a storage site, manage a storage site or just store goods? You need to read this. It will give you invaluable information from the inside on these subjects and more in an entertaining, informative way. My wife and I managed storage sites for ten years all over the country. The stories and the information contained here are invaluable.
After America: Rebuilding
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 102,800. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
The United States of America has collapsed and the continent is breaking into individual sovereignties based on geography, culture, political persuasion, and economics. The story is told through the eyes of Sam Buckwalter, one of the founders of Appalachian America, a new nation forming in the true Appalachian Mountains of the continent. They conclude by writing a new constitution.
True Globalization
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 62,750. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Henry Negley, Freedom Fighter, is locked in a battle for the very existence of the United States and the world. He heads an underground movement, created because all corporations in the world have now merged into one, The Corporation. The Corporation controls all governments through coercion. Many Board members have created their own armies to control their own territories.
Ivan the Backward Man
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 125,080. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Ivan Solansky was born in 2040. The year the story opens is 2005. Ivan is celebrating his thirty-fifth birthday as he moves backward in time. This is the story of a lonely man, a man whose circumstances prevent him from forming any relationships, man or woman, lover or friend. The story of Ivan is unusual, certainly, but is not much different from that of many of us who find life lonely.
Chance Mountain
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 50,210. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Three law-abiding brothers, professionals, rob a remote casino of forty-eight million dollars and bury the money on Chance Mountain. When they come back for it, six months later, it’s gone. Then the fun begins as twists and turns, murder and mayhem chase them in their pursuit of the money. They dash out of the country to Costa Rica,where the money finds them but so does more trouble.

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Smashwords book reviews by Larry Porter

  • Smashwords Formateringsguide on Feb. 19, 2018

    For anyone who has used Dan Pointer to format a hard copy self-published book, Mark Coker is the Dan Pointer of ebooks. With his Style Guide, you will format a flawless book every time. Nice job, Mark. You've helped me correct even minor mistakes into an awesome work.
  • The War Within on May 04, 2018

    If you like Jack Reacher you'll love Jack Thomas. Great read as the action continues to the end.