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50 Word Bio:
Robert L. Slater, author of the young adult, apocalyptic science fiction series Deserted Lands, has worked as a teacher in the beautiful Pacific Northwest for almost 20 years. Like some of his characters, he has a propensity for speaking in lines from 80s movies, drinking Mountain Dew and eating pizza.
100 Word Bio:
Robert L. Slater is an indie science fiction and young adult author born in the Pacific Northwest. He’s worked for over 17 years with students who were dealt a challenging hand, and created Lizzie, the anti-hero of the Deserted Lands series, to give them a voice.
His first novel, All is Silence, received 1st place in the Cygnus Science Fiction Dystopian category. Like some of his characters, he has a propensity for speaking in lines from 80s movies, drinking Mountain Dew and eating pizza. He loves music as a listener, a zealous fan, a guitar player, and a singer/songwriter.
150 Word Bio:
Praised for his “dark” and “compelling” character, and his “fast paced, adrenaline soaked” writing by Kayti Nika Raet of Readers’ Favorite, Robert L. Slater is an indie science fiction and young adult author born in the Pacific Northwest. A teacher for more than 20 years. The creation of Lizzie, the anti-hero of the Deserted Lands series, was inspired to give a voice to his students who were dealt a challenging hand.
Rob, a 3rd generation writer, has been writing stories, songs, and poetry practically since he could place pen to paper. His works have appeared in many small press publications. His first novel, All is Silence, received 1st place in the Cygnus Science Fiction Dystopian category. Like some of his characters, he has a propensity for speaking in lines from 80s movies, drinking Mountain Dew and eating pizza. He loves music as a listener, a zealous fan, a guitar player, and a singer/songwriter.
WATTYS 2015 Dream Collections Winner
1st place Cygnus Dystopian
IndieReader Next Picks Number 1
1st place Dante Rossetti YA Dystopian
Lizzie is hard-edged and gritty, vulnerable and kind. Her personality is so compelling that she grabs you by the heart and pulls you along until it’s three in the morning and the story’s over and you just want to read more. ~ Don Sakers, Analog SF
Robert L. Slater’s suspenseful, sensitive debut novel takes a grim subject and characters who face disaster, and somehow creates a thought-provoking yet playful futuristic romp. ~ Virginia Herrick, Chanticleer Reviews
Lizzie, the anti-hero is the tough chick with a heart of gold. She survives the pandemic apocalypse that wipes out 95 percent of the world’s population [and] captures the reader by being so human that you can’t help being sucked into her world. ~ Christopher Key, Entertainment News NorthWest
A fast paced, adrenaline soaked novel. ~ Kayti Nika Raet, Readers’ Favorite
What a trip! I couldn’t put it down and ignored my children to finish your novel. ~ Jesikah Sundin, author of LEGACY: The Biodome Chronicles
Selected Blog Posts
- Why write a book for an audience that doesn’t read?
- Teaching Creative Writing to Teens
- Path to Indie Publication: Part I–Born a Writer?
- Short Help Me List & Desert Club invite
- Coming Home: What is a moment when it’s gone…
- Village Books, I love you, let me count the ways…
- ALL IS SILENCE cover design gets a Gold Star
Synopses (May contain spoilers)
ALL IS SILENCE: In a future that could be ours, Lizzie, an angry teenager, barely navigates her own life. Then everything falls apart. A pandemic hits, killing 98% of the world’s population. Lizzie is left alive.“Crazy” Lizzie once told her family, “I hope you all die!” Now, her alcoholic mother and her brother are dying in the hospital; her mom’s abusive boyfriend is dead. Despite her words, being alone isn’t a good thing for a suicidal cutter. Fear of the disease and a promise to her mother keeps her inside. The daily sirens and the warnings to stay inside have faded to silence and her only outside link is her former best friend halfway across the country.Desperate and lonely, she ventures out and finds survivors: people altered by the disease, left less than human, and people less scarred, some from her past. A horrifying encounter leaves her with blood on her hands and reveals a link to a stranger she thought was dead. As her hometown turns dangerous, she flees south, through Seattle and across deserted lands seeking the stranger, safety, and a chance at a new family. Along the way, she finds friends, fledgling governments, religious fanatics, and marauding renegades.This new world has plenty of food, gas, and space… but fear, anger and lust for power still compete for control of Lizzie’s life.