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About the author

Don Broyles

I was born in Nashville, Tennessee and moved to different areas of the United States, due to my father being in the Air Force.  We lived 3 years in Japan and in Hawaii for almost 2 years.  Upon his retirement, our family settled down in Arkansas (where my father was born), and where I lived for about 30 years.

I have a degree in English and was working on my Ph.D in English (Miami University; Oxford, Ohio), but later resigned from that program. 

I’ve had various jobs, to include Publications’ Editor for the Arkansas Press Association (APA), bookseller, certified teacher of English, Photographer for Bill Clinton (when he was Governor of Arkansas), and oyster shucker.  For 10 years, I was a moderator at Mobileread, a site devoted to ebooks and ebook technologies.  Although still a moderator there, I’ve chosen to redirect my energies toward writing.

Back in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, I had a number of prose poems published in Eldritch Tales and in a few other publications.

I have one book out - from Creativia - which is available from Amazon:  “Doughboy and Other Strange Tales.” 

My favorite writers include José Saramago, early Claude Simon, J.M.G. Le Clézio, Javier Marías, Philip Roth, Robert Walser, Hermann Ungar, Haruki Murakami, Brian Lumley, Joyce Carol Oates, Kazuo Ishiguro, Marcel Proust, Paul Leppin, Ramsey Campbell, James Herbert, Bryan Smith, Lord Dunsany, and Clark Ashton Smith, among others.  As you can see, my reading interests are diverse and range from Modernism to Post-Modernism, along with a healthy appreciation for Fantasy and Horror.  I would definitely classify my fiction as Bizarro/Absurdist in nature.