Worms, ‘Cockygate’ and Busy, Busy, Busy

Hi all,

Just a quickie to say I know I haven’t posted on here for a while but life has just grabbed me by the proverbials and run.

I’m ultra busy editing as well as trying to complete the next in my Terrible Tales series, am still shaking my head over the whole ‘Cockygate’ debacle (I’m not going to go into my views on author megalomania today – it’s been done to death already), and writing short stories for SAT practice as well as regaling you with amusing (I hope) stories from the wry side of life: https://mumispullingherhairout.wordpress.com/

In short, I’ve neglected this site. Sorry!

In the meantime, here’s the opener from Terrible Tales Book 2: Enjoy!

The Worm

(c) JM Turner

“Tequila’s gonna kill you, Terry,” I say, as I twist open the lid of the second bottle my husband has begun in as many days.

“Mind your business,” Terry snaps. He grabs for the bottle, ignoring the glass I hold out, and swigs. “You took as much notice of this house as you do of my drinking and I wouldn’t need to blur it out, would I?”

I turn away so he can’t see my involuntary eye roll and bite back any of a number of retorts that could have sprung from my lips. I walk out of the lounge and into the kitchen, click on the kettle and make myself a decaffeinated coffee, then I nod towards the French doors and Simba, my Alsatian, raises his head and chuffs.

I smile as I open the doors releasing the dog, and carry the mug out into the garden behind him. It is ten in the morning and it looks like it will be another long, hot, day spent avoiding Terry’s foul temper, although with any luck, he’ll be snoring by midday.

I perch on one of the loungers and watch the butterflies as they flitter in and around the buddleia, and then flutter around just out of reach of Simba’s attempts to catch them. Fat bumblebees buzz lazily in the heat of the summer sun, gathering pollen to take back to the hive. The sun shines its rays onto my face and arms and for the first time in a long time, I relax. I studiously ignore the empty pool with its stained and moss-strewn bottom, because every time I look at it I feel that painful lurch in my chest…

I hope that’s piqued your interest and I’ll keep you posted on when it’s up for release.

Until next time, stay well, stay safe, and stay away from cocky people!

Jill x

 

Writing

Hi guys!

I’m hoping you are all happy, healthy and enjoying life? As you may have gathered from my previous post, apart from writing my books and short stories, I am covering some other topics – the first of which was in my last post about anxiety and panic attacks. These will be interspersed amidst other bits and pieces that cross my mind, alongside letting you know how the new books are coming along as I am aware how boring these sites can be if they only focus on the writer and their projects. (In truth, it also feels a little self-indulgent to be constantly banging on about my latest book!)

In my next post, I’ll be talking about how, as a parent, you can try to deal with things if your child self-harms. I’ve been talking to several people (all of whom have asked to remain anonymous) who have had to contend with this, some of whom coped admirably, others who fell apart.

In the meantime, if you need some advice on the subject, do take a look at the NSPCC site  and this site  also offers some practical advice.

To add to this (as if I didn’t have enough to do), I’ve also started a new blog that pokes a little fun at life in general. Take a look if you fancy a laugh. I’ve been reliably told these posts are making people literally laugh out loud, which is enough to bring a smile to my own face and gives me the impetus to continue. You can find the link here – and please, do leave me the odd comment if it makes you laugh. Feel free to share so others can find a little levity in their day.

Until next time,

Jill x

P.S: Here’s the link to Big Ted, the first in a series of Terrible Tales. It’s definitely not for kids, so don’t be fooled by the title.

Terrible Tales

Hello all!

Yes, I know it’s been a while since I last blogged  – snow, work and other commitments have prevailed and for that, I apologise.

I’ve been editing, writing and completing the day job ever since the New Year. Consequently, I now look like a member of the Walking Dead, the bags under my eyes have their own suitcases and any social life I once had flew out of the window long ago. I can’t see it coming back anytime soon, either.

Earlier this year, I was commissioned to write a selection of short stories that will be used countrywide for children’s SAT revision and testing and I am thoroughly enjoying writing them.

Big Ted

Added on to this is the new series of novelettes I have begun which is in direct opposition to the SAT children’s stories. This is a dark, twisted and somewhat warped series only for adults, coming under the series title of ‘Terrible Tales’. The first, ‘Big Ted’, is due for release very, very soon and don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the cover.

It’s the first book I’ve written that necessitates a trigger warning as the subject matter in this first story is somewhat sensitive. I’ll be sharing the link as soon as it is released, but you have been warned!

In the meantime, here’s a link to the latest book I edited:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/MARCO-OBSESSION-BAD-BILLIONAIRE-Book-ebook/dp/B07BR4VYJG

If you like a decent bad boy, enjoy a damned good storyline and don’t mind a bit of rumpy-pumpy, you’ll be blown away by this book. I loved working on it!

So, until Big Ted is released, I’m hoping by the next time I write on here Spring will have well and truly sprung.

I am so over snow!

Jill x

Womenopause

I swear I went to bed one night a svelte size 10 (UK) and woke the next morning a 12. My waistline has thickened, my bum has spread and flattened, and alongside all of that, I now sport a pair of bazooka’s that could have your eye out with one dainty swing. I’m not used to it. They get in the way (unfortunately, mostly under my armpits when I lie down). Consequently, none of my clothes fit, and as I am on the short side, I now look like a hobbit when I’m dressed, and The Blob when I’m not.

I’ve always thought the term ‘hot flashes’ to be quite endearing, reminiscent of slightly older gals sitting in the sunshine, sipping G&Ts and wiping their delicate brows as they chat about their lives (chin, chin, darling!). Oh boy, was I wrong!

It’s more like sitting in my own personal, private, inferno, complete with hair plastered to my head, sliding make-up, and wondering where in hell those saggy jowl lines sprang from. (Added bonus: they make a handy channel to divert rivulets of sweat down into my new-found cleavage.) And, joy of joys, (whisper it) alcohol makes it worse. So there goes the G&T – I’m now a tee-total hobbit.

Night sweats are my own personal favourite – I go to bed freshly showered and smelling lush, and wake up three hours later freezing cold having apparently dived into a swimming pool in my sleep. Surely all the night time shenanigans I am now unwittingly up to means I should lose weight?

Curiously, my skin itches and I went through a stage of losing wads of hair when I brushed it. What’s that all about? I am assured it’s nothing to worry about, but still – why? I’m sure I look utterly fabulous as I morph into a balding, red-faced hulk who’s clawing at her arms, sporadically swishing droplets of yuck around.

I’m told it ceases eventually (although one in ten of us lucky ladies can experience it for up to 12 years – chin, bloody chin, darling) and I’m already in year 5!

Whoever coined the term ‘menopause’ almost had it right. As a single woman of a certain age, I’ve discovered that the ability to start a relationship with someone new has certainly men-o-paused. So I think it should be renamed womenopause – because that’s how it feels – like I’m on pause until my body reboots.

Chin, chin!

Interview with Mike Wolff

Today’s interview is a rather special one to me – Mike is a guy I ‘met’ online a few years back (via The Dragon’s Rocketship – a page on Facebook) and somehow, considering that we live across the world from each other, we became friends and stayed in touch. He’s got amazing ideas and is truly one of the kindest people I know. He promotes others tirelessly, selflessly, with honesty and integrity and he never, ever, asks for anything in return. So it’s my pleasure to be able to turn the tables and interview him as he sends forth his third book in The Guiding Council series: Rogues and Redemption.

J:         Hi Mike, it’s a pleasure to have you here! So, can you please tell us a little bit about yourself.

M:         Thanks for having me on the blog, Jill.  Let’s see, I’m a Christian, married, father of three that has worked in the pharmaceutical/medical device industry for the last 20 years.  I have a Bachelor of Science in Biology, so you know I’m a blast at parties (NOT).  I live in Michigan and love it. I run a blog and I write for fun. Oh, and I believe in Bigfoot.  That is critical to understand me and my writing.

J:         What brought you into the writing world? How did you get started?

M:         Actually, it started as a strange dare from my sister. She asked me to write a haiku about a wombat.  I forget the lead up to that, but I wrote it.  That wombat actually ended up as the bad guy in my first book: The Ancients.  I’ve been writing on and off since.  That was about 15 years ago.  I really wish I could remember that haiku.  It made me laugh.

J:         I see that you have a new book due to be released, can you let us know a little more about it?

M:        Yes, I do.  Rogues and Redemption is the third book in my Guiding Council series.  The series is sort of an Urban Fantasy meets Teenage Fantasy meets Humorous Fantasy series that is based on the premise that all myths and urban legends are real and they have a complex society that lurks in the shadows of humanity.  Rogues and Redemption takes place after a civil war within the mythical nation, as a new bad guy tries to take over.  But, the Guiding Council won’t stand for that.

The Guiding Council is made of the leaders from each faction within the nation.  Those factions are: Diminutive Creatures, Romanian Echelon, Biped Nation, The Uniques and the Chupacabra Strike Force.

Rogues and Redemption is a bit darker than the first two in the series, but it still has its humorous moments.

J:         How did you come up with the concept for the world you’ve created?

M:        A number of years ago, probably a dozen or so, there was a “major” news announcement that a hunter in Florida had actually killed a bigfoot and had the body stuffed in a freezer.  It was fake, but I thought that would make a great kick-off point for a story.  So I ran with it.

I’m not really an organized writer, I just let it happen.  So the story took on a life of its own.  Now, three books later, I’m already thinking up ideas for a fourth in the series.

J:         Your work shows you have a great sense of humour: is this naturally you, or purely something that comes out in your writing? Is it something you have to work for? 

M:         That’s all me.  I cannot deny it.  I consider myself a master of sarcasm.  That twist of the mind is how I roll.  Unfortunately, if you don’t get my humor, you may not get my stories.  But, I gotta be me.  I write how I write, reads and reviews be damned (did that sound tough enough?  I hope so).

Aside from that, I like dark humor.  I love a good, or bad, pun.  That sort of seeps into my writing.

J:         When did you start to take writing seriously?

M:         I’ll let you know when that happens.

No really, I don’t take it seriously (is that bad to say???).  I love writing.  I love what I write, but if I took it seriously, I’d cry.  Being an Indie author in this modern age of technology is hard.  So, I write to make myself happy.  I certainly hope others enjoy what I write, but serious is so…what’s the word I’m looking for?  Oh yeah, serious.  That’s the word.

J:         Do you find stories come to you easily?

M:        Some do, yes.  Most of my stories come from dreams.  I keep a notebook and a pen on the night stand and force myself awake to write those ideas down.  And sometimes I can even read what I’ve written!  Most all of my short stories start as dreams.

Once I have the idea, the writing is pretty easy.  I’m what the industry calls a “pantser”, meaning I write by the seat of my pants.  I sit down and let it flow.  Unfortunately, I have very little time to write.  I’d say 95% of my writing has been done over my lunch hours.  I have kids.  I have no time to write at home.

Planning a story; now that is hard.  I’ve tried it.  It’s painful.  I enjoy the “pantser” process much better.  I end up as surprised at where the story goes as anyone that is reading it.  Heck, when I go back and read what I’ve written, sometimes I sit back and say to myself, “Wow, I wrote that.  That’s actually good.”

J:         Did you read a lot when you were a kid?

M:        My parents had to bribe me to read.  I hated reading, until I was 13.  Then, in hopes to bribe me some more, a friend of the family introduced me to Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny.  The way he described it made it sound WAY more interesting than the Hardy Boys.  So I gave it a try. I haven’t looked back.

J:         Do you read much now? 

M:        I read all the time. I read before bed.  I read over my lunch hour, when I should be writing.  Heck, when I’m driving, I have audiobooks going.  I love to read, and I’ve found I love having someone else read to me.  Audiobooks have been a great discovery for me.  Now I can do something during the daily commute to and from work. I read 75-100 books a year.

I have a blog that is mainly for book reviews. I love to tell other people what I think.  I also do other sorts of reviews, and some interviews.  I love to promote other Indie Artists.  The blog is my platform for that.  I really don’t promote myself much, but that is just my own personal quirk.

It’s called Lurking in the Shadows Honest Reviews.  I will always be honest with my reviews; friends or not.  How else will you grow as a writer/artist?

https://lurkingintheshadowshonestreviews.wordpress.com/  <- Go check it out! J

J:         What advice would you give to new authors? (I know it’s a blog standard question, but it seems to be a popular one, so I’m asking regardless…)

M:        Make yourself happy, first and foremost.  Write what you’d want to read.  Don’t try to write for others. Don’t write to “fill a void in the industry”, as I don’t think there are any voids in the industry.  Be true to yourself.

Look, if you’re writing to be rich, the chances are you won’t become the next Stephen King.  Sorry about that.  I’m a realist.  But, if you stay true to who you are and just happen to find an audience (large or small) that enjoys what you write; that is the best feeling a writer can have.

Just keep at it.

J:         Finally, what will you be/are you working on next?

M:        Good question.  As with most Indie authors I’ve talked with, you reach a point of indecision.  I find myself at a crossroads.  I love writing, but it takes time.  Even my lunch hours are becoming busier.  So do I keep at it?  Maybe.

That said, I have a story that I’ve been fighting with for a number of years that has to be told.  I’m 50K words deep into it, and I have to see it through to the end.  So that will definitely happen.  It’s called Brotherhood of the Locust.  It’s a true Fantasy novel.  No teenager stuff.  No talking animals.  Real Fantasy.

After that, who knows?  I have ideas for a 4th in the Guiding Council series, and I have an idea that has been churning in my brain for a decade or more.  It’s a bit more serious in nature.  I think my subconscious has been waiting for my writing to mature enough to tell that story.  Maybe it’s time for it to see the light of day.

So to answer the question, who knows?  I’ll be just as surprised to see what happens as you will.

J:          Thanks so much for agreeing to let me interview you, Mike, and from my own point of view, please don’t stop writing!

Guys, here are Mike’s final words along with links where you can find his work, so please make a point of checking them out. 

Blog Link

https://lurkingintheshadowshonestreviews.wordpress.com/

Global Link

Author.to/AuthorMikeWolff

Goodreads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7416361.Mike_Wolff

Bio:

Middle-aged.
Husband.
Father.
Christian.
Bigfoot Believer.
Corporate world dweller.
Lunch-hour Writer.

Seeking readers and reviewers of Teenage Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror stories.

Applicants must have a sense of humor and not take life too seriously. Appreciation of a really bad pun is a bonus, but not required.

If interested, read the books associated with this author page.

If you want to know more, please google lurkingintheshadowshonestreviews. It’s a thing, really.

Remember to feed your Indie Authors with Reviews. It’s how they survive.

 

AHOW Blog Tour – my own story!

Today I’m talking about my own short story, “Joe,” that appears in the anthology A Haunting of Words alongside many other fabulous stories.

“Joe” is about a day in the life of a mother, her young son and their dog, Rufus. An altercation in the park goes some way to ruin their lovely day out.

Inspiration:

Without giving any spoilers away, I simply put myself in the place of the mother in this situation and the potential it had for what actually happens as the story unfolds.

How long have I been writing?

A long, long time! I’ve only over the last few years begun to take it seriously and taken the leap into publishing any of my work. It was a tough decision to make – would people laugh at my efforts? Would they tell me I’m no good? Any writer puts a piece of their soul into their work, so I think that taking the plunge is possibly one of the hardest things to do as it leaves you open to the public eye (and I’m actually quite a private person). However, I love writing and I wish I’d taken it seriously much, much sooner than I did!

What genres do I most associate with in my writing? 

That’s a tricky question to answer! It all began by my making up my own tales on a nightly basis for my children during their growing years –  so putting a fantasy story that was begging to be written onto paper was quite easy and it wouldn’t let me rest until I’d developed it into a trilogy. I have also written a young adult book about how social media can have an effect on lives (comedy/contemporary fiction) and loved writing it, and more recently, I’ve written a darker, more adult book that is paranormal based, and, of course, the even darker tale of young Joe. I’m quite into these stories at the moment and have various ideas tugging at my subconscious mind!

What am I working on right now?

I have two things on the go at the moment; a spin off from the fantasy trilogy that was triggered by a reader asking me what would happen if… and an adult book that involves someone witnessing the kidnapping of a little boy and the murder of his mother.

What else do I have available/published?

Okay, the books I have out at the moment are: The Seelie Princess; Rise of the Dragons; The Seelie Queen (they make up the fantasy trilogy); Nan Nose Best – about how a teenage girl’s nan posts on her social media page and the change it has on the family when her posts go viral; Sunshine Girl – a paranormal story about a girl who’s not quite dead enough, oh, and The Christmas Turkey – a rhyming story for youngsters that looks at Christmas from the point of view of an enterprising little turkey.

What advice do I give to new writers?

Get stuck in! Find out what works for you – do you need to write an outline of your story? Or are you just going to start writing with a good idea of where you want it to go? There’s no right or wrong way, just your way. If your story gets told, it’s what’s good for you! Join writer groups if you can (Fiction Writing on Facebook is rather fab) but be prepared to sort out the wheat from the chaff when it comes to any advice that’s given out. I always lurk in the background and get a feel for who actually knows what they’re talking about before I’ll interact! Oh, and don’t ask family members to read your work, you won’t get true reactions from them – ask other writers to beta read for you (you’ll find these via the groups you join – and they won’t hold back on telling you where you need to sharpen up so be careful who you ask)!

Links where people can find your work:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jill-Turner/e/B0142S490M
https://www.amazon.com/Jill-Turner/e/B0142S490M
https://authorjmturner.wordpress.com/

You can purchase A Haunting of Words (available in paperback and eBook) through the Scout Media online store at: www.scoutmediabooksmusic.com/a-haunting-of-words and get an exclusive companion soundtrack CD, or through Barnes & Noble, Target, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.

 

AHOW Blog Tour Cont’d

Today, author Donise Sheppard takes over my page with a discussion about her short story, “Coal Run Road,” appearing in the anthology A Haunting of Words, which also includes my brand new short story, “Joe”.

Blurb: Jennifer’s in love with her family’s new house. Her youngest daughter copes with the move by making an imaginary friend. When objects start moving on their own, Jennifer begins to wonder if the bargain house has a secret. There’s a perfume stench in the bathroom that won’t go away, and Jennifer sees wisps of blonde hair when nobody is around. Maybe the drawings behind the wallpaper in the bedroom are just a sick joke from a previous owner, but what if they aren’t?

What inspired you to write this story?

Ghosts terrify me. I wanted to write something that would scare someone else just as much as it scares me.

How long have you been writing?

I started writing for fun when I was a little girl. I didn’t realize I wanted to be an author until I was in college.

What genres do you most associate with in your writing?

I like to write Young Adult with science fiction and romance elements. I like the idea of incorporating real life with fantastical elements.

What are you working on right now?

At this moment, I am working on a Young Adult science fiction novel and another short story in the horror genre.

What else do you have available/published?

I have previously published six young adult novels, three of which are part of a dystopian series.

What advice do you give to new writers?

Read whenever you can, and write at least an hour a day, even when you have writer’s block, because writing anything is always better than writing nothing.

Where can people find your work?

https://www.facebook.com/authordonisesheppard/
https://www.amazon.com/author/donisesheppard

You can purchase A Haunting of Words (available in paperback and eBook) through the Scout Media online store at: www.scoutmediabooksmusic.com/a-haunting-of-words and get an exclusive companion soundtrack CD, or through Barnes & Nobles, Target, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.

Blog Tour Cont’d – DW Vogel

Continuing on with the blog tour, today I am talking to DW Vogel whose story ‘Rowdy’ appears alongside my own new story, ‘Joe’, in the A Haunting of Words anthology.

Title:

“Rowdy” is the story of an old dog’s last day on earth. It’s a quick piece to remind us that love never dies, and best friends are forever. 


What inspired you to write this story? 

I’m a veterinarian. The story comes from twenty years of wielding the needle that sends beloved pets on to their eternal rest. It’s an honor to be trusted with that final moment, and it’s so important for the pets and their families.

How long have you been writing? 

I’ve been writing seriously for about five years. An avid reader since forever, I was always one of those people who said, “I can do that. Someday I’m going to write a novel.” In 2011 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and suddenly “Someday” became a huge question mark. I realized I might not have too many “Somedays” left, and if I wanted to write a novel, it was time to sit down and write it.

What genres do you most associate with in your writing?

My science fiction series is going strong, with book two due to release at the end of June. I also had a fantasy novel published which is currently out of print due to publisher closing. My agent is currently shopping a couple of mystery/thrillers and we hope for great things in that genre.

What are you working on right now?

I’ve just finished the first draft of a really fun project that my publisher put together. Five of Future House Publishing’s authors are writing a series together, based on a board game world. It’s a collaboration with the game’s publisher, and I was given book two of the series. The concept of writing in someone else’s world, and working with other talented authors has been a big challenge and I think the final product will be amazing.

What else do you have available/published?

I’m the author of Horizon Alpha: Predators of Eden (2016, Future House Publishing), Horizon Alpha: Transport Seventeen (2017, Future House Publishing), Horizon Alpha: High Wire (short story set in the Horizon Alpha world, 2016), Flamewalker (2015, Word Branch Publishing, out of print), and I’ve contributed short stories to several other science fiction anthologies.

What advice do you give to new writers? 

The best advice is to read. Read everything. Read in the genre you want to write, and read in genres you never thought you’d like. I can teach you how to put words on a page. I can teach you how to use commas, why you should eliminate filters, and why “then” should be cut whenever you see it. But I can’t teach you the kind of instinctive flow that comes from a lifetime of reading well-written novels. I can’t teach you rhythm. I can’t teach you pace. You can only absorb that by immersing yourself in the works of the masters, absorbing their skill with their words.

List links where people can find your work:
www.wendyvogelbooks.com

AHOW Blog Tour Cont’d – Suanne Kim

Today, author Suanne Kim is talking about her short story, “Objects in Motion,” which appears in the anthology A Haunting of Words, which also includes my brand new short story, “Joe”.

Blurb: The last fours years have been difficult for Miles. In a stroke of luck, he finds love under the most unlikely circumstances–while rescuing strangers in a subway station. Mattie is everything he’s ever wanted: witty, beautiful, intelligent. Or is she?

What inspired you to write this story? I had no intention of submitting. I was engrossed working on my novel, “Prism.” But the sheer challenge of writing about a haunting called to me. And I liked the supportive camaraderie of the Fiction Writing group so I decided to throw my hat into the ring last minute.

How long have you been writing? Like most writers, forever.

What genres do you most associate with in your writing? I write mostly poetry, lit fic, women’s lit, crime fic and romance. But like my many of my main characters, I enjoy a challenge so I don’t limit myself to genres or styles. I’m always up for trying new things.

What are you working on right now? I’m working on a novel called “Prism” about a woman who wakes up in a hospital and has no memory of being viciously attacked along with her boyfriend. The man who calls 911 for help disappears and the detective tries to piece together the mystery surrounding the event. Is the caller the culprit, accomplice, witness or another victim? I’m also working on a short story about a Korean woman–a former thief and assassin–who’s out for revenge.

What else do you have available/published? I’ve had poems published with Newtown Literary and Nomad’s Choir.

What advice do you give to new writers? Hone your craft, keep reading, and develop a thick skin when asking for critiques. All are lifelong endeavors.

List links where people can find your work.
www.facebook.com/SuanneKim.author

You can purchase A Haunting of Words (available in paperback and eBook) through the Scout Media online store at: www.scoutmediabooksmusic.com/a-haunting-of-words and get an exclusive companion soundtrack CD, or through Barnes & Nobles, Target, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.

AHOW Blog Tour Cont’d – Laura Ings Self

Today I’m chatting to the rather wonderful author, Laura Ings Self, about her short story, “Home,” that appears in the anthology A Haunting of Words, alongside my own brand new short story, “Joe”.

Synopsis:

After losing the love of her life in a car accident, Nicky can’t bring herself to leave the flat they shared together. She is convinced she still sees flashes of her lost love, but lately the sightings are becoming less frequent.

What inspired me to write this? 

I find the best ideas come when I’m not looking for them. I was focusing on other projects, although I was aware of the open submissions for AHOW, when the idea of Nicky and her traumatic bereavement just took root in the back of my mind. The story came to me pretty much fully formed and I wrote it in just a few hours.

How long have I been writing? I wrote my first “book” aged 7 and have dabbled on and off my entire life, blogging and attempting novels and short stories, but I didn’t really throw myself into it until 2012, when I figured I would write a children’s novel during my maternity leave (hahahahaha!) and eventually finished that book in 2015. I have since written another novel and am working on getting both published.

What genres do I most associate with my writing?

Primarily drama/realism. I like exploring psychology and the human condition. I like writing flawed protagonists.

What am I working on right now?

I have put my novels to one side so I can approach them with fresh eyes at some point in the near future. Currently, I am working on a stage play called ‘Fear Itself’ about a team of security guards working the night shift at a pharmaceutical company and an as yet untitled ‘Black Mirror’-esque short story that I hope to submit for ACOW involving a reality TV show.

What else do I have published/available?

‘Home’ is my first published work.

What advice do I give to new writers?

Find a decent editor and a good group of beta readers/critical partners. There is so much more to writing a good story than telling it efficiently and with good grammar (although those things help!). I thought I knew what made a good book (I can certainly point out what makes an awful book) but I have learned so much from people in the Fiction Writing group and Facebook pages like The Writers’ Circle as well as feedback I have received from editors and agents.

You can purchase A Haunting of Words (available in paperback and eBook) through the Scout Media online store at: www.scoutmediabooksmusic.com/a-haunting-of-words and get an exclusive companion soundtrack CD, or through Barnes & Nobles, Target, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.