André Swartley
André has been writing and editing professionally since 2002. His second novel, Americanus Rex, was a finalist for the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. He is also the author of the award-nominated The Island of Misfit Toys. In addition to his own fiction projects, André co-wrote and edited Building A School of One (2005) by Jim Kirkton and Phil Lederach, served as contributor and consultant to Hot English Magazine, created video game reviews for Game Observer, and edited freelance for various independent and established authors including national bestseller Charlene Potterbaum. He currently teaches English in southern Japan, where he lives with his wife and son.
  • Favorite frozen custard: Oreo-blueberry
  • Favorite Stephen King book: Bag of Bones
  • First writing nemesis: Robin Cook
  • Most half-assed language study: Russian
  • Bucket list: Done
Novels
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The Wretched Afterlife of Odetta Koop

Grover Solomon Yoder returns home as a grown man to banish the spirit of Odetta Koop, who tormented him throughout his childhood.

Workplay Publishing (2015)
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Leon Martin and the Fantasy Girl

Leon Martin is a video game addict. With high school graduation only weeks behind him, he has enrolled in a summer-long program in Germany, where he hopes to leave behind his addiction and reboot his life. However, Leon is about to meet the main character from his favorite game in the flesh, and she is in trouble.

Leon Martin and the Fantasy Girl was a First-Place Category Winner in Urban Lit for the 2013 Dante Rossetti Award.

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Workplay Publishing (2012)
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Americanus Rex
Imogene Cornell’s comfortable and predictable life plunges into chaos when a stranger tells her that she has the power to prevent an impending global war. But she is not the only person the stranger has visited. Soon Imogene, along with three other women and one very unsual artist, finds herself at the center of a worldwide peace movement, and she could never have predicted that peacemaking would be so dangerous.

Americanus Rex was a finalist in the Fiction category of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Workplay Publishing (2009)
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The Island of Misfit Toys
The Island of Misfit Toys
By his eighteenth birthday, Clifford Carlson has lost his ability to speak, his home, and most of his family. The only constants in his life are his hair stylist, his bizarre and awful cousin, and his tyrannous aunt. And unfortunately for Cliff, each of them has her own plans for his future.

The Island of Misfit Toys was a finalist for the 2006 Best Books of Indiana and an Elliot Rosewater Booklist nominee.

Bound to Excel (2005)
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