About / Writing Credits

Hello everyone. Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope you enjoy the stories and poetry on the site.

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 in such reputable magazines as Bunbury Magazine sites such as DailyScienceFiction and appeared in anthologies by Third Flatiron Publishing and Leap Books. My latest work is the climax to The Eternals Series, Into Eternity a Dark Fantasy/ Science Fiction extravaganza published books by the good people at Creativia.

I won’t give too much away, but you’ve never 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.


Please feel free to find me on or in:


Goodreads Author Page:Richard M. Ankers

Amazon Author Page:Richard M. Ankers

Next Chapter :Author Page

Contact me@   richard@richardankers.com


Writing Credits


The Eternals:  Published by Next Chapter

Hunter Hunted: Book 2 In The Eternals Series: Published by Next Chapter

Into Eternity: Book 3 In The Eternals Series: Published by Next Chapter

The Snow Lily (Currently in Rewrite): Authonomy Gold Medalist

Short Fiction

The Dawntreader (July 2019): Oaken Yearnings

Bunbury Magazine (May 2018): The Longest Fall

Once Upon A Broken Dream: Creativia Anthology: Sapphire Heartbreaks

Phantaxis Issue 1: In Glass

DailyScienceFiction.comAndroid One 

The Fable Online (June 2016): Phoenix Burned 

Specklit.comCold Freedoms / Racing the Dead / Mermaid’s Tears

Devolution Z (April 2016): Nocturne

Nonlocal Science Fiction Issue 4Filtered Blue

Third Flatiron Publishing ‘The Time it Happened’ anthology: Armada Of Snow

Leap Books ‘Fright Before Christmas’ anthology: Clockwork Christmas

Litbreak.comPrimal 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)


557 thoughts on “About / Writing Credits

  1. Reading for me is like fine dining. There are many feasts on your blog 🙂
    thanks for visiting mine and choosing to follow – it’s so affirming to know others enjoy my work enough to want to read more of it.

    1. Thanks for the nomination but I do WP from my phone so can’t do these properly. Thanks for thinking of me though and you deserved yours. 😄
      Jeez, hope that sounded right. Read like I was having you done over LOL

      1. hahaha…I get it man. I don’t usually do these awards but I did have some questions I wanted to ask the writers I look up to…so I figured what the heck!

        Have a great day Richard!

  2. I like your site and it’s content. It is great, relatable and artistic. It also makes me wonder constantly why you would like the ramblings on my site?
    Although I appreciate it a lot.

  3. Man you are awesome. You are like a role model to me. I spend a lot of time on my blog but a lot of people say that flash fiction/short story blogs don’t work, I just point them in the direction of your blog and arrogantly reply ..”you were saying “. So thanks for that man.

  4. Awe- inspiring. I’ll never forget the urge to leave your job. I aspire to be a writer , but never knew that people love writing to THIS extent. Vive l’ écriture.

  5. It is a pleasure to find someone who shares my thoughts. I enjoy your posts daily. You are a faithful visitor to my blog and for that I am grateful. I appreciate your company. J

  6. I m just wondering how one makes a career in writing…what i mean is how one earns a livelihood ….because I want to pursue a career in writing and its really tough from what I gather…advice?

    1. I think you have to do it for the love and work very hard. You can’t assume to earn enough from writing alone. If you manage to, then you’ve done well. Just write lots, write well and submit it. 🙂

      1. Take the first one! 🙂 Me myself quit a job to dedicate to the writting for a while. Keep on living your dream job!!

  7. I really like how your blog has been differently set out, nice work 🙂
    i am new here and trying to understand how blogging works by visiting other bloggers and so far i notice that your blog stands out 🙂
    would you like to check out mine? 😀

  8. Richard, after reading your first in the trilogy, The Eternals, it strikes me you are so much more than merely a blogger. You are the very coveted thing so many seek and few actually can become. A writer. A true, gosh-darn writer. I find increasingly that ‘modern’ writing such as that pushed out of the wombs of MFA writing programs, are terribly predictable, staid, formulaic and most of all – soulless. Your writing is redolent with the old-world charm and brevity of those great writers we cry over and wish we could emulate. I know without doubt your vision with The Eternals and beyond, will take you to exactly where you deserve to be, in every book shop, and hopefully most people’s book shelves. Long live the art of writing. You give it a good name.

  9. Hello Richard. I once followed your blog as “Panikikubik” and then I stopped writing for various of reasons. Now I’m back on wordpress, and I’m glad I found your blog again, It wil be a joy to read your good poems and writing. Have a wonderful weekend and I hope everything is fine. /Lotta

  10. Thanks for reading my blog series! 🙂
    Fellow bloggers – come check it out
    Based on true events …. and 50 Shades.

  11. M glad that you chose your happiness and passion over corporate!
    I myself have always been on the side of chasing passion and not money! 🙂
    Wish you success and happiness! 🙂

  12. I would rather be a happy pauper than a wealthy Zambie! What a profound statement. I envy you for being able to make the choice. Apparently you made the right choice and be happy in it. That’s the only thing matter. How many great music composers got rich and be recognized during their lifetime? Only hundreds of years later, that we recognized them and someone else make a fame and fortune out of them… Don’t let me drag on… Happy for you and glad to see what you have accomplished so far. Will come back to read more of your great work. Oh, thank for the follow.

  13. Richard, thanks so much for following back. I came to your site via Sue Vincent and absolutely love your covers for your Eternals series – stunning! Very good luck with the award – hope you get lots more votes.

  14. Nice to meet you, Richard. Hugh’s blog has sent me your way, and I’m glad I found your site. Your story is inspiring, and your new book looks to be wonderful. I am a preschool teacher with a passion for writing about all that happens in my classroom- great stories of inspiration and true education. I look forward to reading and following your blog. -Jennie-

  15. From one ex retail bod to another I salute your success and so far have enjoyed my visit. We have a stream at the bottom of our Somerset garden that draws my imagination and inspires me,. I am pleased to have wandered this way and cordially invite you to sup tea from my china as you rest a while on occasion at my humble abode. 😇

  16. With any field of art, it always seems like you’re jumping off an iceberg when first trying to turn it into a career. But it looks like you’ve managed to fine a great spot in the writing world.Nice website and great story too.

  17. Richard, Could I be an author friend too? I need more traffic and not sure how to achieve that. I co-authored and edited “Apple’s Song” on Amazon.com. I also have my poetry site. Thanks!

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