Welcome to my web page.
I write under Stoney Compton and Leonard Wayne Compton, I answer to both. I love science fiction, speculative fiction and historical fiction - although not in that order depending on what day it is.
Although I have a day job, writing is my first love and what I want to do for a living when I grow up - or at least not much older.
I endeavor to keep up with this web page, but I'm really busy trying to write novels and get them out there for your edification.
I'd love to hear from you.
Thanks for reading my books!
My first art gig was creating a comic book for the Tanana Chiefs Health Authority in 1975 and I stayed with them for two and a half of the most fascinating years of my life. Those years were the genesis of my first two published novels (and two published short stories).
I started writing in 1984 when, due to one of the eternal bust cycles in the Alaskan economy, my freelance graphics business dried up over night. I had to give up my studio in downtown Juneau where I also painted and did printmaking on my etching press.
After a few weeks with no creative outlet (be happy you weren't there!) I began writing science fiction after seeing the first Writers of the Future anthology. It took me until 1993 to take second place in the 4th quarter of the contest, but I did it.
Currently I am an illustrator for the Chief, Naval Air Training, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas where I am honored to work with some very professional military experts.
Front Street in Juneau during winter, 1918.
I mostly write about Alaska. Usually an imagined Alaska, but the real place served as my muse for over three decades and I feel like I've barely scratched the surface of "what if" when it comes to the Great Land.
My alternative history work only begins to answer the question, "What if Count Baranov had not died in Siberia in 1807, and returned to Spanish California instead?"
In Russian Amerika we witness the birth of a new nation wet nursed by older republics who have their own agenda. Check out the blurb on the Books page.
Alaska Republik continues the story and opens even more story lines. See the Alaska Republik blurb on the Books page for more.
Having said that, I must confess that currently I recently released Treadwell, A Novel of Alaska Territory in print on demand (trade paperback, 558 pages, 71 illustrations). Treadwell is the first book of the Gastineau Channel Quartet and they are straight historical fiction based on actual events but twisted, of course. More about that in the Treadwell section on the Books page.
Level Six, a science fiction novel about an archaeological dig on an alien planet about 2,000 years from now, is now available in ebook format at in trade paperback through Amazon.com. I am already 15k words into the sequel - nothing like writing two books at once.
Whalesong is the novel length version of the first novelette I sold to Ribert Silverberg and Karen Haber for their anthology, UNIVERSE 1. It has taken me far too long to get this out, but I have been busy.
I want to thank the folks who help me find the flaws in my work. They include Walt Boyes, Paula Goodlett, Leonard Hollar, Jeff and Inna Larsen, the late Karen Bergdtralh, Sarah Maisie Campbell, Barb Caffrey, and my lovely wife Colette Marie.
I really couldn't do it without them.
(You have to look for it!)