Bay City Runaway in Paperback

David Wilson-Burns, author of Whiff and My Wife Says I’m Complicated, offers his gritty and emotionally potent debut novel, Bay City Runaway, a story of two runaways finding each other in their escape from abuse and tragedy. James, a thirty-something software wiz with a drinking problem, runs away to San Francisco to escape a tragedy …

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Whiff and The Smell Collector

Still my most popular stories, Whiff: A Novella and The Smell Collector are certainly still available to read for free online. "The Smell Collector" was a serial I published many years ago.  It is a whimsical and quirky story of a man with limited social skills and an extraordinary sense of smell.  For a full blurb …

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Back to the 90s!

My current project has a lot 1990s backstory.  I went to college and started my career in the nineties, so I know a thing or two about it, but it's not really about the nineties.  It's about the relationship between the protagonist and the woman who would become his wife and ultimately the reason he has …

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Back on Track with Bay City Runaway

About ten years ago I wrote ten short parts of a web serial called Bay City Runaway.  Here's a five chapter teaser.  It's about an alcoholic who has left Oklahoma in the 2000s to live in San Francisco to get away from his old life and the demons that haunt him, and his entanglement with a …

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Excerpt from my upcoming novel “Belly of the Church”

This would be his last church.  He had been retired for 14 years, but he had remained a part of the Presbytery’s life’s blood until the day he died; chairing committees, helping fledgling churches, helping struggling churches.  A man like Reverend Horace Glover could never really retire. He was tireless in his duty, his love, …

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Review of Whiff by Rita

Whiff was a DELIGHT! An easy read, yet so poignant. A simple story that draws you into "Jim's world", where scent is EVERYTHING. Enjoyed every minute of this book. What a great break from reality. Can't wait for David Hill Burns next novel. View on Amazon  

Future Projects

Now that Whiff is off the ground, I'm turning my focus to other projects.  I have choices to make.  I have 50k words on a novel called Fly By Night which I set aside a number of years ago. Daniel is a 30-something computer programmer whose life has so far been a series of fortunate …

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What inspired the character of Jim Bronson in Whiff?

Some have asked if Jim is an autobiographical character.  He is so specific that I think he seems real to people.  He is not, but the idea for him comes from my life.  When I was four, my family moved from Austin, Texas to Lonoke, Arkansas for my father's first preaching job.  Before we left, my …

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Early Reviews for Whiff

I inhaled it! Pun intended. Seriously, I could not put this down. Clever, poignant, evocative, and sweet love story. Laden with nostalgia without slapping you in the face with it. Lots going on under the surface. Very satisfying. ~ Paul Burns Quirky and entertaining, this novella is a fast and fun ride. Author David Hill …

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The Science Behind Whiff

When I wrote Whiff, I only had my experiences with smell to draw on.  Jim was a fantasy character in my mind.  Jim's heightened sense of smell seems beyond what is humanly possible.  He describes smell of dying like this: It is the subtlest of odors, death—not unlike the smell from when one falls from …

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