My Writing Life


My poor blog has been sadly neglected of late. As those of you who regularly read my updates probably know, back in May I was coming to the end of the final year of my Open University degree. Because the results of my final year were vital to my classification I decided to put the bulk of my focus into that. So, that’s why you didn’t see much of me over those busy months. After the final assignment there was the  (seemingly) endless wait for the results.

Finally, last week this rather attractive piece of paper was delivered:

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Taa Daa!

 

After the results were finally in I had a “What do I do now?” moment. Did I decide to read a book, do some blogging, write a bestseller (I can dream)?

No, I went and signed up for the M. A. in Creative Writing. This was shortly followed by cries of “What have I done?”

On Saturday my M. A. began, funnily enough, on the same day my B. A. certificate arrived.

So far so good but I reserve the right to become hysterical come assignment time.

I found it surprisingly hard to get back to writing after having some time away.  I must confess, this morning I was feeling a bit down in the dumps about my writing future. BUT THEN…

My phone lit up. It was a message from Daniel Foytik over at The Wicked Library and The Lift informing me that I had made this year’s Parsec Award Finals, not once but twice! Yes, I have two stories, The Lost Library – from The Lift and Shadows – from The Wicked Library in the finals of the “Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)” category.

The Wicked Library has also made the finals in the “Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast” category. I wish them the best of luck. They have always been very supportive of myself and the other writers.

So that cheered me up a bit!

You can see a full list of finalists here: http://www.parsecawards.com/2017-parsec-awards/2017-finalists/

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Born Of Fire – Short Story


Mr Denby looked on me with an air of displeasure.

‘I requested to see you, Mr Hunter,’ said he, ‘because I have heard something of your reputation. I am given to understand that you have some insight into matters of this kind. When I heard you were staying in the area it seemed fortuitous, and I am much obliged to you for coming so promptly.’ He paused here and drew himself upright with an appearance of inflated pomposity. ‘That being said I must confess I am rather surprised that you should bring your wife. It hardly seems to me to be a suitable discussion for a lady’ He turned a quizzical gaze upon that good lady. Louisa smiled serenely and said nothing. Though, knowing her as I do, I read a good deal in those blue eyes.

‘I assure you, sir, said I ‘That if I bring my wife in on your case it is not out of sentiment nor for the sake of companionship. My reasons are practical. Her knowledge is at least equal to my own and in certain matters of insight, I do not mind owning, she is my superior.’ Mr Denby looked unconvinced, and I fancied I saw the briefest flash of scorn play across his features. Continue reading

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Book Launch Event!


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Shadows at the Door. Artwork by Abigail Larson Image courtesy of Shadows at the Door

Hello, all. I am very excited to share this with you. The Shadows At The Door Anthology, which features one of my stories, is having a book launch party! The launch is taking place in the UK at Newcastle Castle on the 19th of November starting at 6.30pm.

Regrettably I can’t be there in person but some of the other writers from the anthology will be, and I’ll be there in spirit (no pun intended). I will be online that night sharing any updates that come through from the launch.

This is the blurb for the night’s event:

“To celebrate the launch of ‘Shadows at the Door’ a collection of original ghostly horror edited by Mark Nixon, the Moss Troopers will host a night of ghoulish terror at the Black Gate!

Seven of the authors of stories from the book will be present to start the night with a panel discussion along with illustrator Barney Bodoano.

The Moss Troopers will then present a series of eerie stories of all things that go bump in the night, including a reading of Quem Infra Nos, Mark Nixon’s sinister tale of what lies below Durham Cathedral…

So for those of you we haven’t seen for a while, come on down to the Castle – what’s the worst that could happen?

We will have refreshments on sale, and for those whose bones are truly chilled, the Black Gate is surprisingly warm and cosy for a medieval gatehouse…

Authors that will be with us:
Mark Nixon
Caitlin Marceau
Kris Holt
JC Michael
Mark Cassell
Christopher Long
Pete Alex Harris

And illustrator Barney Bodoano”

So, if you are in the Newcastle area I know my fellow authors would love to see you at the launch. This is my first anthology project and I’m very excited to see it released to readers.

Tickets for the launch night are on sale here

Shadows At The Door Anthology Available To Pre-Order


Hello all! I have just received word that the hardback edition of the  Shadows At The Door anthology project, of which I am part, is now available to pre-order. This is a project I’m really excited about.

So  if you’d like more information or to grab your copy of the creepy goings on over at Shadows At The Door just follow the link

Or if you would like to revisit my interviews with some of the authors you can do so here