Tory Gates


A broadcaster for over 30 years, Tory Gates has seen and done just about everything in the radio business. He's been a deejay, talk show host, traffic reporter, producer and a journalist. Currently, Tory is the Morning Desk Anchor for the Radio Pennsylvania Network, located in Harrisburg.

Tory is the author of three books: "Live from the Cafe" is his latest and is available at Sunbury Press Books, as is "A Moment in the Sun," which won First Place in the Young Adult catagory from Red City Review. His first, "Parasite Girls" came out in 2013 and is self-published through (which you can also find right here at Smashwords!).

Tory's works are of young adult and crossover fiction, with exotic settings, but deal with real-life issues and social problems. A native of Vermont, Tory now lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his four cats. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter (@ToryGates) and also online as DJ`Riff, hosting "The Music Club" on the London-based Radio-Airwaves Station, and in the nearest place that serves good coffee!

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been writing stories and songs all my life. My first efforts to find a literary agent and go the traditional route in the 1990's did not result in anything, and my own recent time with another agent didn't work, either.

I've watch friends of mine self-publish books as well as music over the years, and I realized the business had changed. I finally decided I would not wait, but take control of my work and put it out the only way available to me.

The advantages outweigh the ego trip of having a "book in hand," though I certainly don't discount that might happen one day. I am creatively free, and write the way I want.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords made it easy for me to set up my profile and get my work out there. In addition, Smashwords does not hold your money hostage and force you to reach sometimes unattainable goals. They understand how difficult it can be for folks who don't have a big publisher or a lot of money behind them.
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Where to find Tory Gates online

Where to buy in print


Parasite Girls
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,950. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
A burned out American photojournalist surfaces in Tokyo after a disastrous last assignment. Aidan Conner seeks to rebuild his career and life, while his old friend Mima finds her past has become present. Through flashbacks, Aidan recalls their friendship, and what binds Mima to her closest friends, Sora and Eko. Aidan is reminded of the one thing that never dies between true friends.

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