Robert Nicholls


I am a Canadian born Aussie, having emigrated with my wife to North Queensland in 1975. Since then, we've raised a son and have both been working in the state high school system. My areas have been English, History and Geography while hers has been Science. I write because I'm hooked on the music of words. I also sculpt, in wood and stone, because things that can be made with, and held in, the hands are good for the soul.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always been a keen writer - poetry when an angry, frustrated, confused or love-sick teenager - short stories and essays in the university days and finally novels. Writing has been a nourishing experience, always. But trying to attract an agent or publisher has been just the opposite. Becoming an indie author was a way of allowing some of those closet-works to find whatever exposure they warranted and letting me get on with what I love to do.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Success is measured in many ways. My novels have been down-loaded a couple of thousand times, which means that a couple of thousand people have thought them at least worth a go. That's gratifying. I've enjoyed just knowing that they were 'out there', for the free taking. The little voice that pressed me to keep lobbying literary agents has been stilled and I'm good with that. And finally, once, a person I didn't know wrote a review. It was short - eight or ten words - and restrained but the fact that they took the time made every word solid gold.
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Neville the Less
Price: Free! Words: 97,380. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Seven year old Neville is the world's most harmless person. Not even the return from Afghanistan of his war-damaged father, the Quiet Man, can alter his determination to stay that way. In the six yards of his Australian neighborhood, however, familiar prejudices, fears and obsessions provoke grim imaginings in adults and children alike until, with darkly comic inevitability, war comes to town.
Price: Free! Words: 39,710. Language: Australian English. Published: May 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
"In (Tower Zero) as in his other stories, Nicholls introduces the drug of compulsion - a prescription you cannot get over the counter." (Bruce Pascoe, Editor, 'Australian Short Stories' No. 53). Fifteen short stories to remind us that no life, whether rough or fastidious, is without its extraordinary moments.
Sugar Town
Price: Free! Words: 218,750. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime, Fiction » Coming of age
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
The rape of a child. The violent murder of a grandmother. A suspiciously unlikely suicide. In remote Sugar Town, a teen-aged girl leads an epileptic boy, a self-confessed murderer and a spirit-seeking outsider in a search for the guilty and for justice.
Children of Clun
Price: Free! Words: 116,370. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
1421. Henry IV of England is at war, but planning a bright new future for his kingdom, with justice and mercy for all. In the remote Welsh Borderlands, however, the old ways and the old enemies don't yield easily. And the children of Clun, both young and ancient, are set to ensure that the future is not solely in the hands of kings.

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Smashwords book reviews by Robert Nicholls

  • Murder Justified on Oct. 05, 2013

    Richly detailed, almost to the point of distraction by times. But the protagonists work well together and the Lower Mainland setting (once familiar to this reviewer) is well used. Rob Nicholls