Considered one of the most prolific writers working in modern fiction, with more than 30 million books sold, writer Dean Wesley Smith published far more than a hundred novels in forty years, and hundreds of short stories across many genres.

At the moment he produces novels in several major series, including the time travel Thunder Mountain novels set in the Old West, the galaxy-spanning Seeders Universe series, the urban fantasy Ghost of a Chance series, a superhero series starring Poker Boy, a mystery series featuring the retired detectives of the Cold Poker Gang, and the Mary Jo Assassin series.

His monthly magazine, Smith's Monthly, which consists of only his own fiction, premiered in October 2013 and offers readers more than 70,000 words per issue, including a new and original novel every month.

During his career, Dean also wrote a couple dozen Star Trek novels, the only two original Men in Black novels, Spider-Man and X-Men novels, plus novels set in gaming and television worlds. Writing with his wife Kristine Kathryn Rusch under the name Kathryn Wesley, he wrote the novel for the NBC miniseries The Tenth Kingdom and other books for Hallmark Hall of Fame movies.

He wrote novels under dozens of pen names in the worlds of comic books and movies, including novelizations of almost a dozen films, from The Final Fantasy to Steel to Rundown.

Dean also worked as a fiction editor off and on, starting at Pulphouse Publishing, then at VB Tech Journal, then Pocket Books, and now at WMG Publishing, where he and Kristine Kathryn Rusch serve as series editors for the acclaimed Fiction River anthology series.

For more information about Dean's books and ongoing projects, please visit his website at

WMG Publishing Presents: Dealing With Toxic People by Dean Wesley Smith

All writers have people around them that either want to help but get in the way, or who have the best intentions to stop your writing for your own good, or even enemies and trolls. Friends, family, other writers. Toxic people come in all forms and methods.

This pop-up identifies nine major types of toxic people around you and gives you ways you can deal with them, train them, or get away from them.

No writer escapes these types of people, good or bad intentioned as they may be. You might not even know you have them around you. If nothing else, this Pop-Up will give you tools and awareness.

And as you can imagine with this topic, there is a really fun short story assignment with this one as well.


For some reason, toxic people attach themselves to writers. Whether it's a wannabe writer who wants to pull a published writer down to their level or a family member who doesn't understand why anyone would waste time writing, toxic people seem to show up everywhere. They suck the air out of the room and they seem impossible to deal with. But they aren't. This online workshop will teach you how to manage the toxic people in your life, and keep them from overwhelming your work. – Kristine Kathryn Rusch