Stan Swanson’s first excursion into
creative writing was a poem published in the local newspaper when he
was 8 years old.
A few years later his 8th grade
teacher was so impressed by his science fiction short stories that
she sent them off to a University of Colorado English professor who
told him he had the makings “of a true yarn spinner”. He won a
literary award in high school for one of his poems and was the
entertainment editor of the school newspaper for two years.
After a three year stint in the Army,
Stan worked as a writer, columnist and editor for a Denver area
newspaper. He also worked as the entertainment editor for Denver
Stan formed Computer Publications
Unlimited in 1985 and published a computer magazine, The Computer
Connection for several years. He spent twenty years with a major
Denver-area printing and publishing company and left his production
manager position there in the late 90’s.
The Dragons of Shadara
was Stan’s first book and was released through AuthorHouse in 2003.
After additional research into the world of publishing, he formed
Stony Meadow Publishing in 2005 as a means to publish additional
Stan, who is also an avid
singer/songwriter, has also written and published two books geared
towards songwriters. Inspiration For Songwriters was
released in 2006 and The Songwriter’s Journal in 2007.
You can listen to (and even purchase) a couple of his songs on his
MySpace page at
Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck, a juvenile fantasy
adventure for ages 8-11, was released in October of
2007. He is currently working on the second book in what he
intends to be a series. The second book should be ready by the fall
of 2009 with additional books each year thereafter. He is also
planning a re-release of The Dragons of Shadara as
Dragontooth: Book One within the next couple of years. It
will be a complete re-write to allow for the possibility of
additional books in that series as well.
Also in the works are several books
aimed at a more mature audience. The first, Forever Zombie: A
Collection of Undead Guy Tales, should be available late
summer. Two other zombie-themed books should be available early
2010. The Zombie Chronicles: A History of the Undead
was inspired by Max Brooks' highly successfully book (The Zombie
Survival Guide) and The Chronicles of Max Blood: Zombie
Hunter is a zombie apocalypse novel with Stan's humor firmly
planted between the covers.
Stan currently resides in Daytona
Beach, Florida with his wife, Joy. He has three children and five