Salt + Iron Productions

Life is not meant to be awful.

Life is not meant to be awful...

At the end of the day, we should be able to do what we love. That's what Salt + Iron is all about, doing what you love. Encouraging, loving, laughing and most importantly, giving hope. At the end of the day, that's all we can ask for.

Mean Shadows is the next book out from Alva Tobias. A collection of short tales that begin the stories of many different characters. Each of them important in many different ways. They tell the stories of pain and heartbreak. Of separation and destruction. Of the brilliant shining hope that still stands even on the darkest days. It is more than just a book. It is the beginning of an adventure that puts everything we know on the line. It is the final bastion that stands between our world and the mouth of Hell...

Alva Tobias is a pen name taken from two drastically different, but equally important places. Alva, was my grandfather's name. When I was a child I wanted to dedicate the most important thing I've ever done to him, and this is it. Being a writer. It is what I was put on the world for, to write and bring these stories in my head to everyone that I can. I've had a hell of a ride thus far and I just want to share these experiences with other people. Tobias, the surname, is the name of one of my characters in this sprawling universe that is building inside of my head. Tobias was originally created to stand as a model for the kind of person that I want to become. He is in many ways, the best version of me that I could think of producing. These things came together to create this pen name, so I will always be reminded why I started writing. 

Growing up in Northeastern Nevada, I had a lot of time to myself to play video games, spend time with family and friends and soak up as many stories as I possibly could. My imagination took off at an early age and quickly became a juggernaut of ideas that burst forth at random points, something that I've learned to deal with by engaging myself in a thousand different projects. That being said, This page is where you'll find links to stories or pieces I've written that can't be purchased. If you're interested, they will be linked below in big shiny buttons. Check back every so often, I update this page quite a bit. 


Until next time,

Alan Larkin
Alva Tobias

Life is not Meant to be Awful.