I’ve been writing for nearly thirty years. Many things have sown the seeds of inspiration and I’ve penned many a tale. But it was only several years ago I decided to do something with that writing and learned all I could about the craft. I did a creative writing course back in 2007, and I wrote, and I read, and I wrote, and I read some more to hone my skills.
I learned my writing style was best suited to shorter works of fiction. I also learned my muse is dark, and no matter how nicely I began a story, something untoward always happened. I embraced the darkness.
Finally comfortable with my level of knowledge, I sent a story off to a magazine. I got a personalised rejection saying, “Try us again”. Some people might have been disappointed, but I knew personalised rejections were rare, and to get one for the very first story I sent out, that was a sign. I realised I had reached “that point”. What was stopping me taking matters into my own hands and self-publishing? Nothing.
A new learning curve began. I learned about blogging (I need to blog more), what should go on an author page, cover design, layouts for PoD, how to create graphics for advertising, ISBNs, copyright, email lists, and how to make myself into a self-publishing business. I was fortunate to have a background in technical drawing from my archaeology days, and I have a qualification in Business Administration, so these things did not seem as daunting as they could have been.
I set up shop as a sole trader under the umbrella of Drop Hammer Publishing. I developed a five year business plan, and fostered ideas to expand still further in order to help new writers, especially those in minority groups such as my own (disability and LGBT). I’m two years in, and the plan is coming together. Check out my first collection of dark fiction below.
The Passages of Melton Hall and other stories is due for release through Amazon on the 13th May 2019.
The Passages of Melton Hall: Two Victorian women attempt to dispose of a corpse only to discover a horrifying secret.
Orcus – A Right to Die: Harold Reams wants to die, so he hires the friendly services of the Orcus Right to Die Company.
The Trunk: The trunk was gone, drowned in the lake forever. Now a drought has created the perfect opportunity for darkness to re-emerge.
Broomstick Wood: Beck is a killer, but his latest victim has a more pressing problem than death.
The Night Voice: Maria has learnt the art of meditation. She revels in the visual and auditory hallucinations such a state creates, writing down everything she sees and hears. Her most recent experience is different, overwhelming, and very real.
Tea for One: Something has been moving the fireside companion set in Eunice Hall’s living room from one side to the other. When a relaxing afternoon turns into a fight for her life, she finally understands why.
Old Mr Corrigan: A group of wayward boys gets more than they bargained for when one of them recites a rhyme beneath the old hanging tree.
The Donor: When Selma finds victim trophies hidden beneath the bedroom floor, she knows her husband has done dreadful things.
A Stranger in My Grave: A girl who looks like a boy floats outside little Alice’s bedroom window. The girl has a message for Alice’s Governess, and a warning she cannot ignore.
Nameless: In 1632, a woman is accused of dancing with the Devil. Condemned and shackled; will a trial expose her true nature?
Foolish: Septimus Hayes, prized Executioner for the town of Short Spire, is dedicated and meticulous. When he is called on to execute a young man for matricide, his dedication is stretched to the limit.
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