R K Smith


R.K.Smith writes monthly for One Thousand Trees, a wellness magazine. Each month, it has a topic such as gratitude or friendship which he uses a prompt for writing a fictional story incorporating that theme as a major focus.His life has included diverse experiences such as running children's camps in Lebanon and various parts of Canada, working in factories, teaching college, and so on. The wide variety of people encountered in such settings underlies his ability to create believable people and situations. He has won awards with his short stories and has also published three novels.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I'm a morning person. If I haven't started by noon, it isn't going to happen! Usually, ideas percolate in my head for several days and then some morning I sit at the keyboard. Sometimes things emerge as imagined but frequently actions and people take on lives of their own and go somewhere unanticipated.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was much younger, life was hectic. I started writing a number of times but things got in the way and I never finished them. The first story I completed was called 'North Of Superior' and was accepted by a magazine.
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Where to buy in print


Erotophobia and Other Challenges
Price: Free! Words: 6,040. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Irrational fears can be overwhelming but as Stephen discovers in Eorotophobia, they can lead to worse problems. Or challenges can be channeled, as the main character in A.D.D. P.I. discovers. He has Attention Deficit Disorder and his bouncing brain connects seemingly unrelated facts to solve mysteries. Other challenges simply make life complicated, as readers see in these short stories.
Slices Of Life
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,310. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
People are never boring, though they aren't vampires, TV megastars, or superheroes either. In one of these twenty short stories, a man recalls childhood tales which prevented him from becoming a bitter adult. In another, a girl reconnects with her grieving father after her mother's death. Positive and inspiring, these stories affirm human strength, creativity, and thoughtfulness.

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