Bob Craton
Member since Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Country: United States

When he was a child, Bob Craton’s teachers often remarked (not always favorably) about his day-dreaming. He spent much of his time lost in his own imagination, often creating elaborate elementary school tall-tales, and the habit never went away as he grew up. Coming of age in the 1960s filled his head with dreams of saving the world and having a career in academia. Then the real world closed in. With a family to support, he took a job at the corporate grindstone, just temporarily until he could get back to grad school and earn the PhD he desired. Somehow ‘temporarily’ turned into thirty-three years of stress and boredom but he kept entertaining himself by creating stories inside his head. Interestingly (well, he hopes it’s interesting anyway), his best ideas came to him while he was stuck in rush-hour traffic during his daily commute.

At age fifty-seven, he retired early (a euphemism for ‘got laid off’) and had time to put his tales on ‘paper’ (an ancient product now replaced by digital electronics). The ideas in his head were all visual, like scenes from a movie, and as began writing, he learned to translate visual into verbal and improve his skills. Or at least, that’s what he says. He admits that sometimes minor characters – or some who weren’t included in the original plan at all – demand attention. Frequently, he agrees with them and expands their roles. Many people believe he is bonkers for believing that fictional characters talk to him, but he calls it creativity and remains unrepentant.
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Okay, that's enough about me. As an author, I prefer stories which concentrate on characters and plot lines rather than technical details. I don't mind reading a little 'hard' sci-fi but I wouldn't be good at writing it. I majored in history not science.

Especially in fantasy, I try to create worlds which are different and original. I'm not interested in the same old wizard-warlock-warrior-magic sword things. Movie vampires have changed a lot in looks between Bela Lugosi and Robert Pattinson (Lugosi never fell for a pretty girl) but they still have the same powers and weaknesses as always and, well, frankly I'm weary.

My daughters (both adults now) give me a better appreciation for female characters and I prefer to create an equal number of male/female protagonists. I have enough of the 1960s peace movement left in me to give my stories a decidedly anti-war tone.
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FYI, stories in progress on this site which are on my favorites list:
--Lady Coldfeather, 'The Fractured Grey'
--Lauren DM Smith, 'What Boredom Spawns'
--Sherrie Cronin, 'Xo'<<-- Now finished and available for purchase on another website. (Hey, I'm plugging someone else's book, not my own.)
--Andre Jones, 'Palace of Eternity'
--jessicaw, 'The High Queen Sorceress'

List of books

In the Great City of Matik, the high-and-mighty live in decadent splendor while the teeming masses endured squalor and poverty. In other locations, people are happier in the smaller city Lucidus but c
Fantasy
 
10
When brutality threatens the world, two pairs of special people journey toward a common goal. Will the secrets they carry and the strengths they have be enough save world peace?
Fantasy
 
8
A boy and girl, age thirteen, are a hero and heroine in a larger story set in a unique alternate world.
Fantasy
 
6
A little girl is protected by her 'guardian angel,' a man with super-human abilities, lost memory, and a deep dark secret. [Available FREE - see links at bottom of each chapter]
Sci-Fi
 
4
Nothing can stop the Zafiri from conquering small cities and menacing great ones – or so it seems until four heroes and heroines appear. Revealed as the only people who can save the world from terror
Fantasy
 
4
"If Douglas Adams had a love-child with J.R.R. Tolkien, and the child was raised by the creators of Monty Python...you'd end up with 'A Princess of Fae'," wrote a reviewer on Goodreads.
Fantasy
 
3
Why should geometry be an important subject at a school for wizards?
Fantasy
 
1
An autobiographical short story about an evening with the boy-creatures
Children
 
1