September 5, 2014
My life has been immersed in books as long as I can remember. My father was a freelance magazine writer. My parents met at a publishing company where he was a researcher and she was an administrative assistant. I grew up in a home where books were treasured; bookshelves lined the walls and hallways, and overflowed with tomes of myriad genres. As a youngster I wrote short stories and novelettes to entertain myself and my friends. But the time available for writing was quickly taken over after I married for a life of raising children and the daily grind necessary to support a family. After I retired, time once again became available, and I began writing full-length novels in earnest.

Readers often say that my novels are so realistically detailed that they spring alive right out of the pages. Much of that comes from exhaustive research. My background in investigations honed my research skills. My utmost desire is that someone intimately familiar with the described situation, area, building or item will smile and nod in agreement with my narrative.

However, technical details, no matter how visually sharp to a reader, pale when compared to the power of the human emotions that enwrap us and drive our lives. It's the depth of those passions that urge us daily, beckoning us even when we know the path is dangerous or self-defeating, which thoroughly intrigues me. Potent emotions are an integral part of the mania of the human mind and I like to include their entire range within my works. I think it makes my characters come alive against the realistic backgrounds I create. When the reader feels feel even when it's fiction.

I hope you'll find my newest work, THE HANGING OF DR. HANSON (Savant 2014) as rich and immersive as my Amazon Kindle bestselling novel, THE BAHRAIN CONSPIRACY (Savant 2010).

Bentley Gates
Award-winning author of
THE BAHRAIN CONSPIRACY (Savant 2010 -- Amazon Kindle Bestseller)


July 28, 2014
Writing has been my lifeblood for as long as I’ve been halfway literate, which makes for about sixty-eight years. In 1946, at age fourteen, I launched a small magazine, "typeset" on a typewriter, creating carbon copies. I wrote poetry and essays and composed songs. Two years later, I edited the school magazine. I was determined to study literature and become a writer. But times were bleak.

Like much of Europe, Holland, the country of my birth, had been under German occupation. Post-war Europ...

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INTRODUCING THE POETS OF VOLUTIONS, the 2014 Savant Poetry Anthology

June 22, 2014
Creating VOLUTIONS, the 2014 Savant Poetry Anthology, was like assembling a self-assembling puzzle. The moment I finished final selection (over a 1,000 excellent poems were submitted) the pieces seemed to arrange themselves. For example, Leilani Madison's "Lullaby For My Mother at 103" singularly placed itself after Lonner Holden's "Upon Dying." Two, intricately crafted poems; each magically illuminating the other.

The voices of the poets, hailing from Northern and Southern California, Washing...
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September 4, 2013
My passion for creative writing began after a typical small town boyhood in Kokomo, Indiana. Paper routes, basketball, teen dances and too many greasy French fries were followed with a BA degree at Wabash College, a small liberal arts college just down the road from Purdue. As an English major, I contributed cartoons and satiric articles to the humor magazine and short stories to the more serious literary publication.

After a fun summer in New Orleans, where I survived by selling Bibles from d...
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August 12, 2013
Aloha! As a wanderer who's lived in almost every state of the USA at one time or another (I grew up in Alaska when it was still a territory and live in climatically opposite Hawaii), I like to say when people ask me what I do that I'm an author. That is, after all, what I've been doing for over 40 years in a wide variety of genre's under several different pen-names, despite distractions, like being a pediatric (later integrative health/preventive medicine/public health) physician, university ...
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July 22, 2013
I have always wanted to write. More often than not, life opened other doors for me, though the door to a writing career always seemed closed.  I found myself in an assortment of fields to support my family, including industrial supervision, construction, and teaching. It was teaching that took up most of my adult life, and I still find myself immersed in it during my “retirement.”

My mother was my biggest writing motivator. She encouraged me to write poetry when I was in elementary school ...
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March 9, 2013
Tony Tame was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1943. His mother was a native Jamaican and his father was "technically" an Englishman who arrived on the island with their baby in arms. An only "island" child, he naturally assumed that simply by being born he had done all that could reasonably be assumed would be required of him in life.

Tony enthusiastically left high school in absolute agreement with his father’s view that "spending further money on tertiary education in his case would be a was...
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November 13, 2012

My name is David Allan Williams and I am a writer. It kind of sounds like I should be standing in front of a group at a weekly AA—Authors Anonymous—meeting. I guess that’s how I feel about writing now: It’s addictive. Especially when a work is finally released.

I would not recommend being an author to anyone looking for a career choice. It is a journey full of rejection and despair, brief moments of relief and excitement and capped with an overall anticipation that something bigger wi...
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October 30, 2012
Like my first book, HELLO, NORMA JEAN (Savant 2010), THE LOONS (Savant 2012) also started out as a screenplay written several years ago. In converting THE LOONS into a contemporary comedy-of-errors novel, I worked hard to maintain the freshness of a play and the visuals of a movie. Reminiscent of the screwball comedies of the 1930s, THE LOONS is replete with heavy doses of love woven throughout the chaos.

As with HELLO, NORMA JEAN, I was excited that Savant Books and Publication saw promise i...
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September 29, 2012
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. As a teen, in particular, I wrote awful poetry and tried to emulate Bob Dylan. I started writing seriously in seminary at Boston University in 1972. There I was published for the first time—a series of poems in an alumni journal—work lost long ago. During my six year tenure as a parish minister, I became a disciplined writer, having to produce a sermon each week, both a literary and theological task. During this period I wrote many short ...
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