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, dog and Quaker parrot on Long Island, New York.

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

Where to buy in print


Consolation of the Rose
Price: Free! Words: 1,120. Language: American English. Published: March 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Inspirational
Following a lost battle with cancer, a grieving husband is faced with a choice. Flash fiction.
Ravens in the Sky
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,670. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
In this world, magic doesn't last forever. Irulen is a young mage prone to debauchery who solves mysteries for a price. When he is called to a snowy village to investigate a string of murders, he meets Farah, a sheltered yet spirited barmaid. Farah’s friend is already dead and signs point that she may be next. Irulen races against time to find the killer. But is this mystery just the beginning?

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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.