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My writing day starts anywhere between 6 and 10 AM and lasts until I've said all I need for the day. I don't outline a story on paper because I don't want to ruin the finish for me. The few plots I've laid out ahead of time have never made it to print. I get bored because I know how the story is going to end ahead of time.
I make notes as I go and "fly by the seat of my pants" from there. I have a basic mental idea of what I'm going to do but nothing is written in stone. My first book was an expansion of a short story I wrote many moons ago. (That short story is in my free book at Smashwords "Strange Short Tales" and titled "Diary of a Grave Mistake." There's a stark contrast in how the short ends compared to the book.. but it's a good stand alone short story that will not ruin the ending of "The Beginning. (Whispering Pines Book One.)"

My second book in the Whispering Pines series (The Revenge) was a pure spin off of the first.. but while writing Revenge, I started a sub plot that kept growing until it was distracting from the main plot. I ripped it out and that became my third book, "Rebel Gold." While writing Rebel Gold, another sub plot grew too large and that became my fourth book, "Cotton Tears." (etc etc on down to book six, "The Garden Patch" which started me down the yellow brick road to book seven that is under construction, tentatively titled "Permuda Grass." (An intentional misspelling of Bermuda grass, but it's how southern children pronounce it.)

As for my forte.. I've never been comfortable writing mystery/fiction.. or horror.. or humor.. although all three genres I've used in print with good success. If readers are looking for something under "Wells Brand" then it would be plain, rated PG, fun to read books and stories and a rather wide berth for genre. (Too wide but I can't force myself to narrow it further )
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466485442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466485440
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,516,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wells was asked why he became a writer and responded with the following.

"I didn't choose writing, it chose me. I've spent the better part of my life (and I'm 60 years old) writing, but I still hesitate to call myself an Author. I've written and published 9 psychic/drama fiction books, 3 books of short horror stories with a humorous twist, and 2 books of three panel cartoons called "Talk Show."

I don't feel like a writer because I don't fit my mental image of one. I don't feel compelled to be the next Mark Twain or Tom Clancy. I don't want to get filthy rich from my writing and I don't care for the recognition while walking down the street. All I want to do is entertain and hold that wisp of power and control knowing I can make you laugh, or make you cry. I can take you to heaven or send you straight to hell, all with a few words placed appropriately. I can do in one paragraph what God needs seven days to accomplish. Best of all, I can make you think great thoughts or I can help you dream in a reality that I create. A reality you can enjoin or not with the flip of a book cover or press of a digital reader button. All of this isn't writing, its insanity and escape for the sake of entertainment."

Before turning to fiction writing, Wells spent most of his career as a newspaper reporter and journalist in middle Georgia. He covered everything from high school sports to hard news stories. During the last fourteen years of his career, he worked as Managing Editor for "The Robins Review" a military town's 25,000 weekly edition publication. The city's mixed population of civilian and military called for a unique brand of writing skills that Wells found comfortable supplying. The highlight of his career was in 1988 when a sharply written article was picked up by the national wire services and republished around the world. The topic was the advance of technology in the Air Force's electronic warfare division and aptly titled "Stone Age to Star Wars." Copies of the article made it to the desk of then President Ronald Regan who had initially emblazoned the term into the minds of the world.

The article also caught the attention of an NBC News Producer as well as ABC's nightline's Associate Producer, Terry Irving. The sad news through it all was that just as Wells' writing career was taking off, his personal world was "going south and silent." Plagued since childhood by an ongoing progressive hearing loss, Charles Wells lost all usable hearing and went completely deaf. When the handicap peaked, Wells found it impossible to function for the newspaper any longer and resigned at age 38. He fell back on his original "day job" returning to work as an electronics technician at the same military base where he once "entertained the troops." When his hearing problems also unraveled his efforts there, he threw in the towel, took a disability from service and dropped out of sight for three long years.

During that time he switched his writing presentations from the "pomp and ceremony" of print to the more open and space filling approach of the www. The writing needs of that medium grew to an insatiable level as more and more quality articles and information was needed to fill the millions of web pages springing up online. Best of all, those markets offered Wells a "deaf friendly" environment in which to work. He began his new career using old skills after refocusing his talents and adjusting them to the new technology and class of readers it presented. By swapping pen and paper for a keyboard and mouse, he positioned himself on the cusped of the informational highway. Still, he needed to crack the shell and get inside the medium which meant calling on his reputation as an old print writer and trying to capture the younger audiences of the internet.

Normally bashful about self promotion, Wells shamelessly flaunted his accomplishments from the newspapers and soon gained the attention of higher ups in the news organizations that were testing the waters to see if there really was an audience online. All those "loud noises" made during his print career opened the doors for Wells and landed him a "digital online" job with CNN News of Atlanta. His "computer based" job description became one of the first "telecommuter" jobs in the world and for the next year he worked from home full time.

CNN's bold move to the internet was followed by a joint venture between computer software giant Microsoft and television's NBC network. The two companies formed what is today MSNBC and then took CNN's internet/TV interactive format and ran it deeper into the digital realms of society. Both networks quickly discovered the power behind having instant viewer response taken from "online news chat rooms." MSNBC realized it faster and quickly moved the concept deeper passing CNN's online presence during the second year of operations. After that, MSNBC became the envy of every news operation on earth especially to those wanting to work for them on the computer. Wells, still with CNN when MSNBC went flying past, watched and waited, trying to gauge the right moment to attempt a jump over to MSNBC. That moment came when MSNBC hired ABC's Terry Irving and put him in charge of the "Don Imus in the Morning" simulcast show on the network. Irving's first order of the day was to start an online interactive chat room and the man he wanted to operate it was Charles Wells. He had quietly spent a lot of time online in the CNN chats and had watched how well Charles had interacted and inspired comments from the users, comments that quite often made it to the bottom of any given news show's TV's screen as well.

Wells enjoyed the interactivity and fun dealing with regular people online and relaying their questions and responses over to the on air television people. Best of all, his handicap wasn't an issue or a problem. It never interfered with his work because one didn't need to hear the words spoken. His computer scrolled them across his screen flawlessly. Still, Wells was a writer at heart and the tug to write fiction adventure stories was still strong but dormant.

During the year he stayed at CNN he was constantly asking for web space in which he could write short journalistic features, a concept that today is referred to as "Blogging." Wells idea was simply too far ahead of the times and his idea fell on deaf yet hearing ears at CNN. When he persisted and then demanded the space, his manager made it clear that CNN was not interested and to not mention it again. They felt that online readers would never sit still long enough to read a thousand words of personal opinions and commentary.

Frustrated at the lack of insight shown by his employer, Wells resigned and almost gave up entirely on his attempt to join the web. He was on the verge of unplugging the computer when Terry Irving heard about his departure from CNN and dropped him an email asking if he was interested in opening a new chat room for radio personality Don Imus. Wells agreed to do so on the condition that he would get a small spot on the MSNBC website to write his daily commentary feature. Irving loved the idea and six weeks later, Imus in The Morning on MSNBC took to the air on the same day that "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" by Charles Wells hit the MSNBC web pages. It lasted over eight years and Wells never missed a deadline.

The highlight, if one cares to look at it that way, of his career at MSNBC happened on that fateful morning of September 11, 2001. Wells was in charge of the morning Imus chat and assisting another host working in the news room chats. Between the two, there were over 150 visitors in the two chat rooms when the first aircraft hit the World Trade Center. His steady and cool handling of site visitors as they flooded in for the latest information, established his reputation as being one of the internet's top hosts controllers after he juggled a staggering 2400 chatters solo for almost an hour until help could arrive. He then stayed on duty for a solid twelve hours straight.

Even with such public exposure under his belt, Wells did not feel quite ready for prime book publishing especially since he was switching from factual reporting to fiction mystery as his genre of choice. After MSNBC ended the chat room days and let Wells and a dozen others go, he stayed below the radar for several years until 2009 when his first fiction novel hit the markets under the name "Sand Hill Estates the Murders." That book, one of the first classes of digital only books offered online, trudged along quietly with modest sales but drew few raves or reviews outside the mystery community. In 2010 he took the characters and plots and reworked them, then expanded into today's "Whispering Pines."

During one interview, Wells was asked if he had plans yet to eventually wrap and end the series. "I haven't told all the stories yet so no. At this time I've still got one story in progress and two more in mind waiting."

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By lurker on September 18, 2013
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I had my doubts that the author could keep up the pace in the third book, but he did! I have to think the characters are getting plumb tired! Their friends are going to start looking for someone safer to hang around with. Usually a series starts getting pretty tired by the third book, but not this one.
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By D. W. Hardin on November 15, 2012
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"Rebel Gold" is more than a paranormal action thriller. On the surface, it appears to be about a Chicago gangster and a complicated divorce from his wife due to a botched car bombing. The wife flees with their small son to her hometown in Georgia. The Veals et al enter the story at this point.

Not wanting to be a spoiler, I won't go into the action packed plot. However, Gail Veal has a vision of gold buried by the Confederates in their oft inhumane actions to keep it out of reach of Union forces. The gold and what it symbolizes becomes integral to the plot as the author skillfully weaves together this thriller no-holds-barred action novel. On another level, however the author shines as he has allowed his characters to define the attitudes of the Old South of the Civil War era to slavery. What really interested me was the contrasting viewpoints and feeling of the Old South verses the New South that has emerged in the 21st century.

If the reader pays attention to the tone of the book, the author, who is from the South, is informing the reader the South has changed. Although the past practices and deeds of slavery can never be fully atoned, the new generation of Southerners through the transforming powers of education and social upward mobility do not agree with the actions of the past. All people are to be respected. This book can be enjoyed on either level. It is up to the reader to interpret the work and to reflect on the message.
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By Amazon Customer on July 18, 2012
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Charles Wells has developed some wonderful characters that capture the essence of middle GA life entertwined with history and the mystical. Very creative and enjoyable. I love the character Catfich and so will you.
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