Always a Story – Released 3/05/2023

Always a Story: A Collection of Short Stories, Lies, & Other Embellishments

I suppose I could blame this book on my grandfather, Ralph Mervin Wise, since he always had a story to tell. To be honest, he had nothing to do with anything included in this collection of short stories and random thoughts from a twisted sense of humor and other anomalous thoughts. I confess to all the lies and embellishments to the truth found on these pages, but I’m convinced that skill had to have been handed down from somebody.

This book, “Always a Story,” is just such a collection of short stories that include a little fictional spirit possession in a woman who wants no part of it but is along for the ride in “Reluctant Princess“. Another short story is a sweet, ghostly love tale of a love refuses to die in “Waiting for the 9:29“.

The stories that sprung from actual experiences cannot be blamed on anyone other than yours truly with a favorite “Scattered and Smothered,” when all I wanted as a double order of hash browns around 2 a.m. at a random Waffle House.

Stupid shows up in many of these stories and represents numerous missed opportunities for the Grim Reaper to have taken me out years ago. He is either incompetent, or I’m just damn lucky to still be here, still writing stories, still lying, and still embellishing the truth to add color and interesting commentary.

I only ask that you do not judge me, as I’ve already earned an express ticket straight to hell on my own for one enhanced truth you’ll read about shortly in “Possom Wars.”


Gary Wise is an unsupervised writer living as a free-range author under the influence of a relentless Muse. He’s a recovering Performance Consultant of 35+ years convinced retirement is unacceptable and has chosen to redeploy his remaining trips around the sun writing fictional thrillers with a twist of mystery, sci-fi, and some with paranormal hijinks on the side, and not necessarily in that order.

He has written four novels so far under the influence of his Muse. His first, Mirror Mirror: Halloween Party of the Century,” served as validation for him to listen to his Muse and submit to Her influences. Giving in to Her touch, he pounded out three more novels in a series, Dreamscape Conspiracy.”

The fourth and final book in the series, “Dead Thoughts,” is under development and should be available later in the fall of 2023. He offers no excuses or apologies for his dry humor and twisted thoughts, often embedded throughout his stories.

He loves to write and willingly confesses, “I love nothing better than to embrace my Muse and disappear into a story with Her and often invade a character’s head or two until their stories are entirely told.”

Proof of his addiction to writing can be found here, lined up on My Bookshelf—where all the evidence is on record in stories that give clues to where most of the bodies are buried.

He lives in peace and is blessed with having enough…planted between corn and soybean in the rolling hills of southeastern Indiana with two lovely women, Lilly & Boo.

Share thoughts if he’s touched you with a tale or two!