Rob McShane


Right now, I'm living with MS and a brain that malfunctions at the drop of a hat! Life is certainly interesting and different! Talk about learning to be flexible! :)

With a history of classical piano training, time in Drama and Theatre Arts (although I was never a good actor...well, at least not on stage!), I have worked as a Professional Nurse and a Midwife (clinical and management) plus National Marketing and Selling of medical equipment and surgical supplies.

I always wanted to retire at 40 but forgot to be specific - you know, things like good health and a healthy bank balance!

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2000 (yep - I was 40!) and Medically Boarded in 2001. Life is certainly an interesting by day....moment by moment. What a ride!

Since then I have been fortunate enough to publish a book - The MageStaff - see below (most of it written before 2000!) and have now finished the first draft of a prequel and am well into writing a sequel, loads of poetry (check my blog: The Wayward Warrior), short stories and living life as it happens - you just never know what is around the next bend...!

Bragging rights
Published Author and Poet, Accomplished musician (although now unable to perform), Successful National Marketing and Sales Management, Successful Nurse and Nurse Manager.

Do hope you enjoy what tumbles out of my brain and makes it to the publishing stage - don't worry, I have it well checked before putting it up for you to savour.

All feedback welcome.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the UK in the South West of the country. Attending both Grammar and Comprehensive schools (the system changed during my school years) had a major influence on my writing as it exposed me to various types and uses of the English language. Then, moving to South Africa where the English is again different, gave me another perspective. I think this all helps me to add flavour to my characters and scenes. I became aware of how the same word can be interpreted differently by different people in various situations. My drama training has also been a huge help as I use similar techniques to build my written characters as we were trained to use to build our stage characters.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The idea of being involved in every process was attractive - although if I'd understood what that involved at the time I may have reconsidered!! (kidding - Smashwords and all Mark's guides make the process really simple now!).
The higher profit margins are also an attraction - why give the larger portions of the profits away?
But the major motivation is that I can be myself - write what I feel comfortable with, have it edited and proofread (so my readers know they're getting the best quality and the highest standards) and then follow and 'control' the whole process to ensure that the reader gets the best experience possible from the authentic 'me'!
Read more of this interview.


Poems About...(Vol II)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,050. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2016. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
In this next volume of the 'Poems About ..." series, Rob explores Life, Love and Destiny in his continued search for purpose. As ever, his poems will draw you back again and again to spaces of peace and hope with opportunities for new insights and meanings at each visit.
Poems About... (Vol I)
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 3,510. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 10, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
An inspired collection of poems from the latest celebrated poet and writer. Rob delves into the light, the frivolous and the serious with deft aplomb. These poems can make you smile and cry, touching your heart and your soul; bringing you back again and again.
Above The Storm
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,050. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
What energy speeds from the tops of storms? A plane trip to monitor, measure and record these phenomena, in an effort to beat NASA to the discovery, becomes a trip to end all plane trips. A story of power, greed, money, and life-or-death deals made and broken.
No. 322
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,990. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
How do our brains receive, interpret and react or respond to information? How do our brains perceive thought and reality? He had a theory and would prove it, no matter how many died in the process.
Death In The Air
Price: Free! Words: 1,820. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
(5.00 from 1 review)
A rough takeoff to a job Hedley really wished he hadn't taken
Will He Get Home?
Price: Free! Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
A storm can destroy many things - trees, buildings and lives. When your husband has not made it home, will your life be one of the casualties?
Alien Golden Apples
You set the price! Words: 2,180. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(4.00 from 1 review)
How do you live when your nightmare becomes a reality beyond your wildest fear? How would you manage when it promises to return?
The Intuitive Horticulturist
Price: Free! Words: 1,560. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Do our perceptions determine our destiny? Can a new beginning come from one jug of milk?
Never Again
You set the price! Words: 1,930. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Painful breakups can leave us never wanting to date again. Then, of course, comes the joy of new beginnings.
Trust A Good Marriage
Price: Free! Words: 1,580. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
A note accidentally left where it could be read and a marriage is under strain. What are our perceptions based on? Assumptions are dangerous things.
George Goes To Heaven
You set the price! Words: 4,130. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
(3.00 from 1 review)
George buys a ticket to heaven for three days. How much more does he expect?
The MageStaff
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,510. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Reborn to save his world, find the MageStaff and stop the Dark Side, Orrath and his mentor, the Great Dragon of Light Lhogarth, take us on an action packed journey to try and fulfill the prophecy. Gingkol, The Dark Dragon, with his protégé, plot attack after attack to try and stop them. For both sides, time is running out...

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Smashwords book reviews by Rob McShane

  • Don't Call Me Sweetheart on Dec. 01, 2013

    A good read from a seasoned pro! We'll be seeing more of Linzé Brandon!
  • The Perfect Stranger on Dec. 24, 2013
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    The guy with the smile who seems too good to be true...well, maybe you should just check him out really carefully! Nice story Carmen! Easy to read and an unexpected ending...thanks!
  • The Perfect Stranger on Dec. 24, 2013
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    ****1/2 - Four and half star rating - sorry software not giving me a rating function!! ?
  • The Mystic on Jan. 31, 2014

    Rich in description and movement; magic, death, life and potential, The Mystic draws us into a different world and moves us through it eloquently and tantalisiingly. Do hope this leads to a bigger story!
  • The Knowledge of Existence on May 04, 2014

    Once again, Vanessa takes us outside of the box, on an unusual trip to a place she makes feel very real. Another great, descriptive and emotive read which will have you guessing from the beginning to the end.
  • Twisted on May 04, 2014

    Fears and addictions; mermaids and children; people and ...things lost and found; holy sites, unholy dreams; and upside-down fairy tales abound. Darkness and life let go; stories that will rock your soul; ‘Twisted’ is a nightmare’s dream and a collection of tales you just have to read. Evocative; emotive; putting you just where she wants you, Vanessa has a unique style that is a pleasure to read whilst delving into subjects that will stretch your mind and emotions....and all with a twist at the end. What a ride!