Russ Linton

Biography

In the fourth grade, Russ Linton wrote down the vague goal of becoming a “writer and an artist” when he grew up. After a journey that led him from philosopher to graphic designer to stay at home parent and even a stint as an Investigative Specialist with the FBI, he finally got around to that “writing” part which he now pursues full time.

Russ creates character-driven speculative fiction. His stories drip with blood, magic, and radioactive bugs. He writes for adults who are young at heart and youngsters who are old souls.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
Nineteen-year-old Spencer Harrington is the son of the Crimson Mask, the world's most powerful
superhero. Since witnessing his mother's abduction two years ago, he's been confined to his father's arctic
bunker. When the “Icehole” comes under attack by a rampaging robot, Spencer is forced to launch into his
father's dangerous world of weaponized human beings known as Augments.

With no powers of his own save a multi-tool, a quick wit and a boatload of emotional trauma, Spencer
seeks to uncover his mother's fate and confront his absentee father. As he stumbles through a web of
conspiracies and top secret facilities, he rallies a team of everyday people and cast-off Augments. But
Spencer soon discovers that the Black Beetle isn't his only enemy, nor his worst.
What is your writing process?
I’m a pantser, which means minimal to no plotting. Often, I start with a vivid scene and start typing and see what happens. I usually have a general overview of the world and a broad idea of the direction I want to see the plot head, but the details all get hammered out on the fly. Often, this leads to interesting discoveries and sometimes I rethink the entire direction. It’s very liberating.

I manage to pull this off almost entirely thanks to a gaming career that predates my professional writing by a few decades. I was always the guy selected to be the gamemaster because I could cobble together a cohesive plot line on the fly while reacting to player decisions. Writing is in many ways easier because I’m the only one with input into the story!
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Where to find Russ Linton online


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Books

Crimson Son 3: Ashes
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 120,650. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
His superhero father gone, powerless Spencer accepts help from the wily and ruthless CEO of Nanomech. He makes a grief-stricken bargain to become what he’s always feared and loathed - The Black Beetle. New Augments will rise to test his mettle, and one may just save him from himself...
Crimson Son 2: Motherland
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,650. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The Avengers meets Mr. Robot in this thrilling superhero universe. Find out why advance readers are calling this sci-fi adventure "scary brilliant and hopefully just fantasy!" Buy your copy today!
The Complete Stormblade Saga
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 222,170. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A pious orphan embarks on a pilgrimage to understand the will of the gods and save his beloved temple. A sorcerer's courtesan delves into her patron's arcane secrets while hiding a tortured past of her own. Set in a realm described as a conversation between Tolkien and Kafka along the banks of the Ganges, this unique epic fantasy from Russ Linton is sure to engage and challenge you.
Wake of Alshasra'a
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,950. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The warnings are clear: the Age of Man is nearing an end. Battle lines are drawn. Gods roam free. An outcast and a slave are their only hope, but will they choose vengeance or salvation?
Forge of the Jadugar
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,010. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A pious orphan embarks on a pilgrimage to understand the will of the gods and save his beloved temple. A sorcerer's courtesan delves into her patron's arcane secrets while hiding a tortured past of her own. Set in a realm described as a conversation between Tolkien and Kafka along the banks of the Ganges, this unique epic fantasy from Russ Linton is sure to engage and challenge you.
Pilgrim of the Storm
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,270. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Long forgotten gods have passed judgment on the Age of Man. Sidge, a pious orphan, must unravel a lost past to understand their divine will. But first, he needs humanity to see him as more than a slave.
Empty Quiver - Tales from the Crimson Son Universe
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,610. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Empty Quiver (n) – A U.S. Military term to identify and report the seizure, theft, or loss of a nuclear weapon. They were never designed to be heroes. Hurricane. Ember. Aurora. Danger. State-sponsored superhumans known as Augments. Weapons created to end a war.
Crimson Son
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,760. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Superheroes
His mother kidnapped, his superhero father absent, powerless Spencer faces a world of weaponized humans to prove himself and find the truth.

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