Hello everyone. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
I hope you enjoy the stories and poetry on the site. I post something new here everyday so there’s always something fresh for you to see.
As for me, what can I say? I was a Company Director in retail until finally plucking up the courage to show people the writing I’d spent years shyly stashing away. Joining HarperCollins’ Authonomy site was the jolt I needed to realise people liked what I wrote. Winning a gold medal there for my book The Snow Lily, was an even greater boost. I am lucky to have had short stories published on such reputable sites as DailyScienceFiction and appeared in anthologies by Third Flatiron Publishing and Leap Books. I have recently published, Hunter Hunted, the second in a trilogy of Dark Fantasy/ Science Fiction books in The Eternals Series by the good people at Creativia.
I won’t give too much away, but you’ve never before seen a future like that of The Eternals. Here’s a taster with the synopsis:
For an Eternal, eternity should’ve meant forever.
The Eternals, they are a breed apart. Born to immortality, neither human nor vampire, a dying sun is set to end their race where no other could. It is to this ultimatum that Jean, the last Eternal lord, is born.
Jean accepts the end once preached by his deceased parents, where others won’t, their arrogance furthering his melancholy. He would fight for the future where, they, the Hierarchy, would waltz into nothingness.
Everything changes for Jean when he commits the cardinal sin. His bite takes the life of Princess Chantelle of The New Europa Alliance whose sister will come to enthrall him. It is a deed Jean thinks has passed unnoticed. It has not. When the Britannian dandy, Sir Walter Merryweather, informs him of this, Jean runs.
Aided and abetted by the irksome Merryweather, Jean stumbles from manipulated mishap into age-old conspiracies and beyond. With the sun’s clock ticking, Jean must find time where there is none to reconcile his sordid past with the promise of new love.
My hobbies: I love reading, writing, running, all sport, and walking through beautiful scenery. If I lived in view of a mountain with a stream running through the bottom of my garden, I would probably never resurface.
My motivation: When I realised I could no longer be happy unless writing, I resigned from my job to do so. I gave up all that I was to become everything that I could be. Regardless of success, I will never have made a better decision in my life. I’d rather be a happy pauper than a wealthy zombie.
Never give up on your dreams and never let anyone tell you you’re not good enough. You can be.
Thanks for reading this and I hope you enjoy the poetry and prose on the site.
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Phew! That was a lot.
Contact me@ firstname.lastname@example.org
The Eternals: Published by Creativia
Hunter Hunted: Book 2 In The Eternals Series: Published by Creativia
Into Eternity: Book 3 In The Eternals Series: Published by Creativia (AVAILABLE SOON)
Authonomy Gold Medalist: The Snow Lily
Phantaxis Issue 1: In Glass
DailyScienceFiction.com: Android One
The Fable Online (June 2016): Phoenix Burned
Specklit.com: Cold Freedoms / Racing the Dead / Mermaid’s Tears
Devolution Z (April 2016): Nocturne
Nonlocal Science Fiction Issue 4: Filtered Blue
Third Flatiron Publishing ‘The Time it Happened’ anthology: Armada Of Snow
Leap Books ‘Fright Before Christmas’ anthology: Clockwork Christmas
Litbreak.com: Primal Actions / Lost Lights / Glass Spiders
The New Accelerator Issue 4, iTunes digital magazine: Iced Hearts At World’s End
The Tophat Raven issue 2 (issuu.com): Hope
Quaterreads.com (now defunct) : Hush, Little Darlin’ / In The Arms Of A Dream / Spectral Nazis & The Empress Of Steam / Washed Away
fēlan Issue 1: The Heat (poem) Not Quite (prose poem)
fēlan Issue 2: Nightly (poem)
fēlan Issue 3: Beautiful (poem) Smile (poem)
fēlan Issue 4: Wetted (poem) Melancholy Moon (poem)
fēlan Issue 5: NO! (poem) & Guest Judge
fēlan issue 10: Ignition (poem)
The Tophat Raven issue 1 (issuu.com): Lacrimosa (poem)/ My Angel (poem)/ Lost Gulls (haiku)