Neil Ostroff


Raised in a rural town outside of Philadelphia, Neil D. Ostroff has been a published author of dark, noir thrillers, romance thrillers, and middle grade sci/fi and paranormal novels for more than twenty years. He is an avid poker player when not working on his novels. Neil also enjoys fishing, hiking, and all things outdoors. He's been interviewed in such publications as PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE, THE PHILADELPHIA INTELLIGENCER, TIMES PUBLISHING, and THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER.

To learn more about him and his books, please check out his blog: ALWAYS WRITING

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
A catastrophic moment in a friend’s life. My friend was told he had pancreatic cancer and just two weeks to live. My wife and I made the decision to hospice him.

It was an incredibly powerful experience watching as his life slipped away and how he dealt with it psychologically. When the day finally came that he passed on, I was there to pull the sheet over his head. I’ve never been the same since.

This painful experience inspired my novel “Drop Out,” which examines the meaning of life. My agent at the time was not happy because “Drop Out” was a change in genre. I normally write thrillers and sci-fi.

I couldn’t just let it sit in a drawer so I decided to publish it through Smashwords. Since then I've sold thousands of copies and get letters from readers all over the world telling me how the book has affected their lives.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My agent did not want me publishing in multiple genres even though I write in them.
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Where to find Neil Ostroff online

Where to buy in print


Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 49,480. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
What if everything we perceive is just a figment of someone else’s imagination?
Price: $1.09 USD. Words: 60,160. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Each degenerate overcomes incredible obstacles working in a restaurant named City Café until a psychotic co-worker changes everything about their lives.
Silent Invasion
Series: The Imagination Series, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,770. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Thirteen-year-old Tim Madison’s life turns upside down when a strange visitor takes him aboard a magnificent spaceship to train for a future alien invasion.
Dream Traveler
Series: The Imagination Series, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,510. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Every time Jamie Richards falls asleep, she’s bounced through time and injected into possible futures. And all these different futures lead to one horrifying conclusion; the end of everything.
Series: The Imagination Series, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,890. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Imagine a world where humans are pests and insect-like aliens rule over them. Imagine that world is Earth.
Drop Out
Price: $1.09 USD. Words: 36,020. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
What would you do if you knew you only had days to live? Would you freak out? Would you waste it in self-pity, resentment, or denial? Or would you go and pursue everything you've ever wanted to do?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 31,230. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
On the day we’re born we’re all destined to die. But what lies after? For fifteen–year-old Nick Murray, death is only the beginning. His entire human life has been an illusion in preparation for the epic role his soul will play in the destiny of the universe.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,280. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A clairvoyant prostitute, a psychotic soldier, a broke newspaper writer, and a dismembered body; what could go wrong?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,330. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Niles Goodman is on a weeklong trip into madness as his best friend kills indiscriminately and then explains the philosophy behind his actions.

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