William J. Benning

Biography

The author, William J.Benning was born in Dumfries (south west Scotland) in 1963. With his 50th birthday fast approaching, Benning has decided to grow old disgracefully. An intensely private individual, Benning recently returned to his home town seeking inspiration for his passion of creative writing.

At age 18, Benning left home to take an Honours Degree in Psychology at Strathclyde University in Glasgow. He has some very fond memories, and many nights of vague recollection - which are, on the whole, probably best forgotten (!) - from his student days.

After graduating, Benning had a career "false start" moving into the world of Pest Control Management. However, after several unhappy years, he switched tack and took further qualifications in Personnel Management, carving out a successful and enjoyable career in Human Resources as well as Learning & Development.

Throughout his career, Benning has worked to support the activities of the British Red Cross. From his early days as a First Aid Volunteer, he enjoyed working for the organisation which gave him further skills and built his self-confidence. Progressing within British Red Cross, Benning became a First Aid Instructor (Trainer), Assessor and Lecturer plus becoming invoved in training other Trainers and Assessors.

Having returned to Dumfries to further his writing career, Benning now lives alone, but has been adopted by four members of the Canine Community. With four dogs in his life - and a newly arrived litter of Tibetan Terrier pups - plus a newly published novel, life is never going to be dull for Benning.

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Books

Private Gimble
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,920. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2014 by MQuills Publishing. Category: Fiction » Adventure » War & military
In the horrors of the trenches of the Western Front, the daily miseries of the British soldier are compounded by the added dangers of enemy snipers. When least expected, the shrill whistle of the fatal bullet heralds one more death amongst the thousands that have already fallen. Into this war of nerves, a humble ex-poacher plies his deadly trade.
Gimble's Challenge
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,000. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2014 by MQuills Publishing. Category: Fiction » Adventure » War & military
1915 - On the Western Front, a tired and exhausted British messenger has been spotted in No Man’s Land by the Germans. With mortar shells falling all around, the struggling runner tries to find a way to safety through machine gun bullets and the enemy patrol sent to kill him. In his flight, the runner is wounded in the leg; making his final fate inevitable...
The Formidians
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Price: Free! Words: 8,550. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2013 by MQuills Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
- A short story set in the First Admiral Universe On a dull and dreary patrol in the skies above the planet Kina, First Crusader Squadron Commander Nerla Daelstar and the crew of the Lionheart, respond to a routine request. A Landing Trooper outpost has failed to respond to a routine communications check.
In Search of the God Particle
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Price: Free! Words: 4,330. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2013 by MQuills Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
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With the foundation of the Universal Alliance, the long-hidden Garmaurian archives of their research in the fundamental particle of the universe became available to Alliance scientists. The breath taking simplicity of Trionic Theory, with its ability to generate instantaneous universe-wide travel and communications, stunned the scientific community.
The Light Bridge
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Price: Free! Words: 13,200. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2013 by MQuills Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The Light Bridge, a science fiction short story presenting the great battle of the brave Horvan against the vile Porcinian horde. Mantuth Huros Goldair battles bravely seeking the Ganthoran Crystal Throne in his own Time Warrior Ritual - a ritual for which there is either death or glorious imperial rule as the reward.
The Ganthoran Gambit
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Series: The First Admiral Series, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,150. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2013 by MQuills Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Billy Caudwell, the teenage First Admiral of the Universal Alliance Fleet, has successfully completed the Time Warrior Ritual and stands as Emperor-elect of the Ganthoran Empire. With the shattered remains of a Frontier Fleet and a weakened Alliance contingent, Billy Caudwell has to take the biggest gamble of his life. With the fate of an empire at stake, Billy has to risk everything.
Time Commander
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Series: The First Admiral Series, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,480. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2013 by MQuills Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The third installment in the exciting First Admiral Series, Time Commander follows the continuing adventures of Billy Caudwell; the teenage First Admiral of the Universal Alliance Fleet as he strives to prevent a long, protracted and bloody war with the Ganthorans. Having defeated a Ganthoran Frontier Fleet General in battle, Billy Caudwell must undertake the dangerous 'Time Warrior Ritual'.
The Burning Sun
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Series: The First Admiral Series, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,730. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2012 by MQuills Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The adventure continues for Billy Caudwell, the teenage First Admiral of the Universal Alliance Fleet.   The Bardomil Empress, eager to avenge the defeat of her Imperial Fleet at the hands of Billy Caudwell, acquires a weapon that can generate super-charged solar flares and incinerate entire planets. And, as if that’s not enough, Billy also has girl troubles!
First Admiral
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Series: The First Admiral Series, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 131,370. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2012 by MQuills Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
It’s not easy being an ordinary teenager leading a hazardous and exciting double life. The Garmaurian leader sends one last covert mission to Earth. The mission goes horribly wrong, leaving Billy Caudwell; an overweight, acne-scarred 14 year old, with the Mind Profile of a military genius. With people to rescue, space fleets to battle and villains to defeat, Billy has to save the universe.

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