Short and Sweet Third-Person Bio

Robert Swartwood is the USA Today bestselling author of The Serial Killer’s Wife, The Calling, Man of Wax, and several other novels. His work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The Daily Beast, Postscripts, ChiZine, Space and Time, Wigleaf, and PANK. He created the term “hint fiction” and is the editor of Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer. He lives with his wife in Pennsylvania.

More In-Depth First-Person Bio

I’m a writer. I live in Pennsylvania with my wife. I’ve published a couple short stories here and there. I’ve even published a few novels, one of which became a national bestseller.

I coined a literary term that has — for the time being at least — caught on and which earned me a book deal with W. W. Norton & Company.

I don’t confine myself to one genre. I just like to write really good stories (well, I like to think of them as really good).

Here are some writers who have influenced me, either by technique or prose or narrative style or simply by the fact I find them truly amazing writers and want to strive to be even half as good as them:

Stephen King, Peter Straub, Dean Koontz, Elmore Leonard, Dennis Lehane, T. C. Boyle, Charles D’Ambrosio, David Means, Flannery O’Connor, Charlie Huston, Stewart O’Nan, James Lee Burke, Michael Connelly, Cormac McCarthy, and Michael Crichton.

Want more? Check out my recommended reading list, which grows longer and longer by the year.