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I love to write, live to write, and write to live.

    

I have been writing for over twenty years and have amassed a large collection of works, which I am currently cleaning up for publication.  While working as an engineer for various software and hardware firms, I found I needed a way to express my more creative side.  Writing proved to be the perfect means to do so.  I have written numerous poems, songs, and short stories during this period.

I enjoy writing so much that I lose myself in the process and only surface after days of intense concentration.  I derive inspiration from C.S Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Orson Scott Card, and Heinlein.  I also find deep satisfaction in reading the Greek and Roman tragedies as well as accounts of early civilization.  One of my favorite modern writers has always been Dean Koontz who manages to mix suspense with believable fiction.

I most enjoy developing the character – their personality, motivations, and inner failings.  In my latest novel, I wrote about a young girl who cannot feel fear or panic under ordinary circumstances.  This is not by choice, but due to the conditions of her birth.  These sorts of anomalies can lead to interesting tales with startling results, where the ordinary becomes extraordinary and the mundane, peculiar.

During the last decade I have become progressively less able to live a normal life due to illness.  My current physical state is precarious, yet I still hold out hope in healing, because I am after all an optimist.  I spend my days in a darkenned room because the light is painful to me.  I try to write a little each week when I have the energy, for that is all that is left to me.  My oldest son Alexander has been quite helpful with much of my work and I see him someday becoming a great writer.  While my own future appaers grim due to my disability there is always faith. So when you read what I have written, remember what effort and energy it costs me to put pen to paper.

I write because I must, because I will, and because I love to.
 



Birth Place: Anaheim, CA USA
     



Books

Haley Cork and the Blue Door by M. Andrew Sprong
Haley Cork must save her world from the ultimate evil. Who is going to save Haley from herself and the coercion of the Blue Door? How will she remain human?...
  

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Short Stories

Doctor of Calamity
 by M. Andrew Sprong
A scientist is held to account for a few serious blunders....


Crunch!
 by M. Andrew Sprong
Marissa Maldonado passes a monster in the night -- but the night is not yet over!...


Chapter 1 of The Clockwork Soul
 by M. Andrew Sprong
This is an example story for my article on writing chapters as I promised. It is about a boy who shares 24 bodies with 24 other souls in a round robin fashion. Enjoy. In this case the protagonist is...



Poetry

Gully’s Return
 by M. Andrew Sprong


Rum Running
 by M. Andrew Sprong


Push me Clara
 by M. Andrew Sprong


In the Morning
 by M. Andrew Sprong


Abandoned Home – Haiku in 8
 by M. Andrew Sprong


A Teachable Moment (or I Told You So!)
 by M. Andrew Sprong


Awakening the Skin
 by M. Andrew Sprong


A Universal Beauty
 by M. Andrew Sprong


A Peasant's Parting
 by M. Andrew Sprong


Weep for the Fallen
 by M. Andrew Sprong


Christmas Reproach
 by M. Andrew Sprong


Christmas Moments
 by M. Andrew Sprong


A Warrior’s Cycle – Haiku in 11
 by M. Andrew Sprong


A Shattered Vase
 by M. Andrew Sprong


Sunrise in Pennsylvania
 by M. Andrew Sprong


When Hope Becomes Death
 by M. Andrew Sprong


A Soldier’s Letter
 by M. Andrew Sprong


The Wasting Away
 by M. Andrew Sprong


When I Dream
 by M. Andrew Sprong


The Mountain is King
 by M. Andrew Sprong


Funeral Ghost - 葬儀での幽霊
 by M. Andrew Sprong
A Japanese funeral...


Courage of the Innocent
 by M. Andrew Sprong
A father laments his daughter's cancer....


Angels Falling Abyssal (Two fall intertwined as one into the abyss)
 by M. Andrew Sprong
A multilevel description of the universal conflict between man and woman, id and ego, good and evil, reprobation and redemption. It is also a commentary on marital abuse....


Last Moment of an Empty Heart
 by M. Andrew Sprong
A gambler drives his last and best friend to murder and is devoid of feeling....


The Lute Lad
 by M. Andrew Sprong



Articles

The Anatomy of a Chapter
 by M. Andrew Sprong
The key to writing a chapter for good novel is not to think of it as part of a book at all, but rather a short story meant to stand upon its own merits. Here I tell how....


The Dangers of Tampering with Nature
 by M. Andrew Sprong
With all of the hype about global warming and environmentalists desire to save the world, I would like to make a few points. First, I want to save the world as much as the next guy. I think what man...


Nanotechnology and the Zero Point
 by M. Andrew Sprong
Are we prepared for the changes coming in the future, and will we retain our humanity?...



News

Naming the Novel
 by M. Andrew Sprong
Wanted: Book naming ideas....


Haley Cork and the Blue Door
 by M. Andrew Sprong
Haley Cork and the Blue Door is available on Amazon.com...


Links

M. Andrew Sprong's Portfolio Blog
Samples and first chapters of existing books, short stories, poetry, songs, or works in progress. A potpourri of everything from science fiction and fantasy to horror and suspense.


The Electric Mystic of Honesdale
Various articles about character building and plot development, plus personal updates and details not generally found on the fansite.


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Author of "Haley Cork and the Blue Door", The Doors of Veselago, Book 1

 
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