Robert Stanek - Meet Robert Stanek
Meet William’s Alter Ego: Amazon.com and Audible.com Bestselling Author Robert Stanek
Robert Stanek's books have been featured in these printed books: Popular Series Fiction for Middle School and Teen Readers: A Reading and Selection Guide (Children's and Young Adult Literature Reference), Complete Idiots Guide to Elves and Fairies, and Ancient Art of Faery Magick; recommended by the Young Adult library staff at VOYA (Feb 2007), The Journal of Electronic Defense (June 2007), Parenting Magazine (Sept 2008), and others; and featured by Publishers Weekly (April 2009) and others. Reagent Press has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Children's Writer, The Children's Bookshelf, Foreword Magazine, Florida Today, Writer's Digest, The New York Times and other fine publications and periodicals.
In the spring of 2002, Robert Stanek’s first books, Keeper Martin’s Tale and Elf Queen’s Quest, appeared on bookshelves and become instant bestsellers, spending a combined 26 weeks on the Amazon.com Sci-Fi/Fantasy Top 50 list. These stories introduced readers to the fantasy world of Ruin Mist. The name “Ruin Mist” is the common language translation of an elvish word, which means “the lost ages”. The stories of Ruin Mist are set in a fictional past of our world.
Ruin Mist has three distinct realms of existence: Over-Earth, Under-Earth, and Middle-Earth. Over-Earth is the home of dragons, titans, and eagle lords, the great peoples of the past. Under-Earth is an otherworldly realm that has blood-red skies, and no sun or moon. Middle-Earth is the home of elves of the reaches and the men of the kingdoms. The history of Ruin Mist is divided into four ages: The First Age - The Age of Titans; The Second Age - The Age of Men, Elves, and Dwarves; The Third Age - The Age of Men and Elves; and The Fourth Age - The Age of Men.
The popularity of the Ruin Mist books built up
through the release of the subsequent Ruin Mist books. Readers were taken with
the magical realms, the grand adventures, and the combination of classic fantasy
elements with a fresh, highly imaginative approach. In the spring of 2005,
Robert Stanek’s books were first published in audio and became instant audio
bestsellers, spending more than 52 weeks on Audible.com’s bestseller lists. In
2005, his book, The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches, was a #1 Fiction
bestseller for multiple weeks, a Top 10 bestseller for over 25 weeks, a Top 50
bestseller for 52 weeks and eventually the became one of the Top 100 all-time
fiction bestsellers in Audible's history. The book was so
popular, it was featured on the Audible.com home page throughout July and August
2005 and his books continued to be bestsellers on the Audible Kids & YA list for
over 120 consecutive weeks, with the first book holding a spot in the Top 10 for
182 consecutive weeks out of over 14,500 other Kids & YA titles.
The main reason for using Robert Stanek for fiction and William Stanek for nonfiction was the astounding pace at which William Stanek produces books. With nearly 50 published books to his credit by 2002, he had many upcoming books waiting to be released by his current publishers, and was creating more and more fiction as a creative outlet to balance his work in nonfiction.
“I wanted to find audiences for both my nonfiction and my fiction. I love writing nonfiction works that help people learn how to do new things, but I also love writing fiction works that open new doorways to the imagination,” explains Mr. Stanek. “The Ruin Mist books have been a part of who I am since I started them in the 1980s and they allowed me to create a magical realm with many levels of reality. I was overjoyed that I finally could share the realm and the books with others.”
The Ruin Mist books have afforded Mr. Stanek an opportunity to explore relationships, family stories, epic sagas, myths, legends, and more. His books have been popular with fans both young and old.
“One of the things I wanted to do was develop characters and plots over many books rather than tying it all up in one,” he says. “I wanted to explore these people and watch them change and dream their dreams book by book. The Alder family gave me an opportunity to explore the ties that bind siblings and parents, and the events that can change a family’s destiny. Each book resolved a particular part of the epic saga of the kingdoms and reaches, but the character development, the growth, and the changes go more slowly. I’m enjoying that enormously.”
So far things have gone well. His books for young people, including The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches, Journey Beyond the Beyond, and In the Service of Dragons, have been well received, as have his books for adults, including Keeper Martin’s Tale, The Pieces of the Puzzle, and Mark of the Dragon.
Stormjammers: The Extraordinary True Story of Electronic Warfare in the Persian Gulf War, a June 2006 release, began a new chapter for Robert Stanek. This work of nonfiction provides an inspiring story of family, honor, and duty in the midst of the Persian Gulf War. The book was published simultaneously in hardcover, trade paperback, and audio.
Robert, His Books and More
In 2005, Robert's books were recommended by and discussed in Popular Series Fiction for Middle School and Teen Readers: A Reading and Selection Guide (Children's and Young Adult Literature Reference), Complete Idiots Guide to Elves and Fairies, and Ancient Art of Faery Magick.
In September 2006, Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Nassauer interviewed Reagent Press Vice President and Publisher Jeannie Kim for an upcoming story on the audio book industry. Sarah Nassauer’s article “Home & Family: Getting an Earful of Printed Words” appeared in the print edition of the Wall Street Journal on 28 September 2006.
In February 2007, the Young Adult library staff at VOYA had this to say about Robert Stanek's The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches:
In September 2008,
Parenting Magazine recommended Bugville Critters as part of their audio & story
selections in partnership with Audible Kids. Specifically, the magazine
recommended "Bugville Audio Collection 1" / "Bugville Critters Storybook
Treasury Volume 1" which include the stories "Visit Dad and Mom at Work," "Go To
School," "Have A Sleepover," and "Visit Garden Box Farms."
In April 2009, the
Publisher's Weekly Cover Story, Good Worlds and Bad - Pure Escapism and
Dystopian Visions, selected Ruin Mist Chronicles to feature and write about in
the article. The article also features commentary from editors in the field and
books of other authors. Kingdom Alliance: Special Illustrated Edition (ISBN:
978-1-57545-510-5) was one of eight books singled out in and featured in the
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