Paul Stephens


The opening to Steve Martin's classic comedy, "The Jerk" was, "I was born a poor black child." Well, I wasn't, I was born Chinese, and after many years of surgery, you'd never know it.....just to have a sense of humor. Anywho, I was born to a middle class white family. Dad was a cop to the bone and brought us up to be tough and I thank him for that. Mom was Mom, she raised us with loving care, cleaned, cooked, and did wifey things. All in all it was a pretty good up bringing with lots and lots of adventures. Unfortuately, this caused me to become addicted to adventure and have many tales and scars to prove it. As Auntie says "Curiosity killed the cat, but satifaction brought it back." I would like to share all the stories eventually, well, not all. I am a gentleman who never kisses and get more kisses that way. At any rate, I hope this book is a success because their are social issue projects I would like to begin..Thanks and I wish you all luck.

Smashwords Interview

What are some of your favorite books and why?
I discovered “Watership Down” by Richard Adams as a child and have read it many times over the years. The novel touched me on many levels. Who would have thought that a bunch of talking British rabbits could teach anyone to question authority and do the right thing against all odds?

I remember doing an oral book on “The Hobbit” in the sixth grade. While the other students reported about “Ricky the Racecar” or other such crap, I was introducing my class to the wonders of Tolken. They became transfixed with hobbits, trolls, orcs, wizards, and the like.

The entire “Dune” series and I have to thank my Aunt Eileen for that. She always encouraged me to read. As high school freshman it was hard to get into Herbert’s work, but once I did, he had another fan.

Most all of Stephen King’s earlier work and in particular, “The Shining.” I found it one snowy day at the country store’s free book rack. It scared me so much that I did not want to open our shower curtain. My parents had to order me to bathe,
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I cannot thank Smashwords and Mark Coker enough. What a wonderful service for both new and established writers! Like many new writers, I envisioned my book sitting in the front of the local Barnes’ and Nobel’s working its way up the New York Times best seller list. HA! I learned my lesson on that account. There is a song by Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam entitled “The Streets of Bakersfield” which describes the experience of a young songwriter in “Nashville West.” He has talent, but nobody will look at his work because he is not already famous. The song line, “You don’t know me but you don’t like me” describes my, and many other new writer’s experience. It is so discouraging to contact a hundred agents or more and receive little or no response, and those recived are all “Thanks, but no thanks.”

Smashwords gives everybody who wishes to put a pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, a chance. SCREW THE AGENTS!
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Confessions of a Young Prison Guard
Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 48,030. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Let Paul Stephens take you on a tour like no other and one you will never forget. His work is so graphically detailed that it will leave you laughing, astonished, bewildered, and maybe just queasy enough to toss your cookies. It will leave images in your mind that will be hard to dislodge. This book will also bring a new appreciation for those who work behind the wall. Read if you dare.......

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