Will Bly


Will is a library manager and an adjunct instructor of English. He graduated from the University of Auckland, New Zealand with a Master of Arts in English. His extensive work on Tolkien inspires an independent writing career in dark speculative fiction. He lives with his wife, two sons, and dog in southwest Florida.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I've been a creator all my life. I remember one of my first creations was at some point in elementary school. I remember the story having leprechauns, ogres, and the protagonist having the ability to grow giant mushrooms. Now that I mention it, my teacher read it to the class, and I guess it could be considered my first hit!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I returned to school when I was a bit older, and for six years I wrote and read strictly for academic purposes. By the time I penned my thesis on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, I decided that I wanted to write something for myself. I applied the world-building skills I had researched, sprinkled in a fresh spin on magic, and focused on getting to know well-developed, memorable characters who soon found themselves deciding their own fate. I find it truly amazing just how much agency and free will characters gain once the creator blows life into them. The writing came easy as I just recorded their journey.
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Where to find Will Bly online

Website: http://willbly.com
Twitter: @will_bly
Facebook: Facebook profile


Social Distancing
Price: Free! Words: 4,820. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The Plague has ravaged humanity in waves, mutating beyond every vaccine that’s ever been administered. In a fallen society, Travis and Olivia love each other. However, strict social rules prevent them from being together. They must now overcome fears and anxieties left by the losses of their families and friends. A choice must be made, and consequences await. Written by Will Bly And Anthony Black
The God Rule
Price: Free! Words: 1,350. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(3.00 from 1 review)
It's time for his soul-data to be transferred to The Second World, but Felix has some questions. Flash Fiction.
Creatures: Original Dark Fairy Tales & Fables
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,540. Language: American English. Published: June 14, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
From a talking raccoon to a dragon hell-bent on destroying humanity, this collection of dark fairy tales and fables takes you on unimaginable journey through the eyes of creatures small and large, in myth, in your mind, and out of this world. Come along for an adventurous ride.
Consolation of the Rose
Price: Free! Words: 1,120. Language: American English. Published: March 11, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
After losing his wife to cancer, a grieving husband is approached by a wraith and offered a brutal choice. Flash fiction.
F*ck You, Santa! A Christmas Story
You set the price! Words: 2,890. Language: American English. Published: December 11, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Humorous, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
When Santa fails him, Stanley embarks on a darkly humorous quest for revenge.
Ravens in the Sky
Price: Free! Words: 88,670. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
In this world, magic doesn't last forever. Irulen is a young mage who solves mysteries for a price. He’s called to a sleepy, snow-capped village in the north to investigate a string of ritualistic murders where he meets Farah. Farah’s friend is already dead, and signs point that she may be the next victim. Irulen races against time to find a sadistic killer.

Will Bly's favorite authors on Smashwords

Anthony Black
Latest book: Social Distancing.
Published June 8, 2020.

Smashwords book reviews by Will Bly

  • Glassman on March 13, 2016

    The story introduces and draws up an enigmatic superhero character. I believe it serves as a proof of concept -- that the character and premise are interesting enough to conjure up a fuller story and world. I'll be reading more of this author.