Randy Attwood


I grew up on the grounds of Larned State Hospital, where my father was its dentist. That was interesting. I went to The University of Kansas during the tumultuous 1960s. That was interesting, too. For the first half of my adult career I worked in newspaper journalism. You couldn't call that boring. I won my share of honors, twice winning the award for investigative reporting from the William Allen White School of Journalism at KU. For the second half of my career I was Director of University Relations at The University of Kansas Medical Center. There were some boring times, but the exciting episodes made up for it. I retired at the end of 2010 from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, where I was its media relations officer. You see, my degree from KU was not in journalism, but in art history. Unfortunately, my father died when I was 21 so I couldn't make him eat his words about that art history degree not being worth anything. I've had stints living in Italy and in Japan.

During all this time I've been putting words on paper, creating fiction. My works don't fit into neat genres, unless that rather new genre "quirky" applies. And each work is quirky in its own way. What that means for me is that in each work is evidence of a deep search within myself. Sometimes it's scary what you find in there.

I'm semi-retired now in Kansas City, keeping busy with a lot of things, among them promoting my fiction and creating new works. That search within yourself never ends.

Where to find Randy Attwood online


By Pain Possessed
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,000. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Can the weakest human save us all? Francis Hanover is very sensitive to pain. But when an alien invasion snatches him away from earth, that hatred of pain just may save the human race. By Pain Possessed Reviewer: "I enjoyed this dark little story very much. Nowadays, we don't see much traditional science fiction, and Attwood takes to the genre like a natural with a beautifully drawn portrayal..."
A Match Made in Heaven
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,190. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
The Mormons have left the Earth to populate the planet Moroni, finding their destiny among the stars and themselves. Mormonism explored, in a sci-fi sorta way.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,340. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
A short story about fusion: the mechanics of golf and the feelings of the soul. A lone golfer finds a new freedom during his best round ever.
The Saltness of Time
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,680. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
A Kansas snowstorm forces a car of college students returning home for the holidays to take refuge in the hotel of a small town where they encounter a fellow traveler, who also seeks shelter, and has a story to tell about the consequences of another snow storm decades before when a hideous truth is revealed about an old woman.
The 41st Sermon
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 61,760. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
When a 45-year old Episcopal minister suffering from mid-life and mid-faith crisis gets involved in a phony kidnap plot with his sexy blond parishioner, the result is a supercharged novel of sex, payback for decades-old double-dealing, and despair, which only God can cure. Satan's complications are never easy; God's grace is never free.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 64,030. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
SPILL, in which a fired English teachers scams the political system, gets the girl, the money and a killer skaterboarder video game. Big Oil + Sex = Game On
Blue Kansas Sky
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,360. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
(5.00 from 1 review)
A tale of snooker on the Kansas Prairie, set in Larned, KS. Larned State Hospital is but a few miles outside Larned, Kansas. Jim, who lives on the grounds where he father, the dentist of the mental hospital, has housing. He rides the bus with the few patients who are granted permission to visit Larned on Saturday mornings. Jim goes to meet a friend to play snooker and learns a valuable lesson.
Rabbletown: Life in These United Christian States of Holy America
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 39,950. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
America has a pastor president, the states have pastor governors and they rule with a Bible in each fist.

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Smashwords book reviews by Randy Attwood

  • Spring Water Haven on Aug. 02, 2011

    Shawver's Spring Water Haven is an intriguing read with wonderful scene setting in which a nostalgic return to the former Naval base that was their home 30 years ago when newlyweds turns not only into guilt-ridden jaunt down memory lane but an object lesson that paybacks are really hell.
  • Gonna Buy Me a Dog on Nov. 27, 2011

    Gonna Buy Me a Dog, is a wonderful manual for new dog owners, and, I think, new dog owners who think they know it all because they had a dog when they were a kid. I had an aunt who raised miniature Schnauzers and my care and raising of a puppy was important to the raising of myself as a person. By golly, we even won a blue ribbon at a dog show. It's really good for children to learn how to care for an animal. And adults need to know, too. Gonna Buy Me a Dog is the manual you should have for the latest information on choosing a dog, understanding its diet, how to train, teach it to socialize, and the myriad of activities and duties needed when you take on the serious responsibility of owning a dog. Myself, I think I'm going to print out the chapter on "Excessive Barking" and stick it in my neighbor's mailbox! Please, don't be that kind of dog owner.