Character Study: Aurelius

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Aurelius was my first ever main character.

He was originally meant to be the protagonist of the story Grey Wings, but early on Jason overtook him. This was in part due to Jason’s easy going nature despite his tragic situation and easy way he seemed to connect with my readers.

Despite falling into second place, Aurelius was still my personal favourite character to write, all of his scenes were fun. I have an enormous soft spot for grumpy b*****ds especially the petulant ones and Aurelius fits right into that box as if it were made for him.

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Re-release & New Covers!

Two anthologies I contributed to a few years back have now been re-released with shiny new covers!

Mullins Collection of Best New Horror £0.99

mullens-new-horrorHorror. The stories that keep you awake at night. The tales that have you checking underneath the bed. Or wondering whether that really is just a shadow in the corner of the room. In this collection, you will find stories from four of the best new horror writers, all guaranteed to instil a feeling of dread deep into your bones as your shaking fingers struggle to turn the page. A dark secret is revealed in My Natalie, a tale of vengeful love. A home with a hidden past threatens to destroy a young family in The House. The restless spirit of a young girl has to deliver an important message in Phantom Memory. Finally, thrill-seeking Melanie gets more than she bargained for as she explores the mysterious festival in The Secrets of Hidden Places. Ladies and gentlemen, the horror awaits.

This collection of short stories contains work from four authors, showcasing their best new works of horror fiction.

Mullins Collection of Best New Fiction Free!

mullens-new-fictionThis collection of short stories contains work from nine authors, showcasing their best new works of fiction. This book includes stories of crime, adventure, and horror, some comedy to make you laugh and a touch of the supernatural to leave you sleeping with the light on. Whatever your tastes, this book holds a new favourite story for everyone. Travel between these distinctive worlds bound together by one all-encompassing weave of storytelling.

Experience the mystery and excitement of exploring a world populated with creatures unlike any you have ever seen, ghouls that feed in the darkness of the London underground in The Orphaned City and the strange patient who stalks the halls of a mental asylum in Inferiority Complex. Then discover worlds where humans themselves are the most curious species of all, the charming smile of the mysterious Jack in Knowing Jack and the devious mind of Red in The Path I Set Upon.

Will the next story scare you, or make you think differently about the world? Will it spark into life a new idea, the kind that Jake develops from an overheard conversation in Dreamworld? Or question our very existence, like the revelations of Professor Westerham in Reflection. It might even lead to a dangerous hunt for untold riches, which Ryan experiences in The Hassam Legacy.

Marvel at the strength of Helen after dealing with death in Coming of Age. Feel the icy terror that claws at Meg when she hears her parrot speak in Scared to Death. Each story hides a secret, a twist that awaits discovery by an adventurous reader. Come and share our worlds.

Katie Marie wrote a Book. A big one and a couple of little ones. Check them out!

Non Fiction in Fiction: What am I allowed to write?

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I was pretty nervous when I sat down to write this blog, I still kind of am.

Why?

Because I am a 30-year-old, straight, white English woman, who is about to talk about the touchy subject of cultural appropriation in writing. This has made me nervous because I am not coming from the viewpoint of one of the cultures being appropriated, but rather from the race doing the appropriation. Thus, a part of me is expecting to get shouted down and told I cannot understand the issue because of my race, etc.

But, I am not going to let my own nervousness stop me from having a conversation I think needs to happen.

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Homecoming: Free Snippet

Homecoming Chapter One

I’ve sat alone at lunch for the last four years.

The school cafeteria was filling up steadily as the smell of burnt lasagne and chips filtered out into the hallways. I looked down at my sandwiches, they were small and unexciting, but the sad faces of those shuffling away from the dank service window made me smirk in relief. The volume in the cafeteria was steadily rising, the lunch queue was almost to the door as more and more students filtered in. I smiled content in the knowledge that even when the hall was full, it was unlikely I would be forced to share my small table.

So when Richard slammed his tray down next to me, I flinched and dropped my sandwich. I frowned as he pulled out a chair and dropped into it. His cheeks were bright red, matching his t-shirt. He stared hard at his lasagne, making a point of not looking at me.

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Snippet stories: Of Gods and Men

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Of Gods and Men

Times of quiet were few and far between.

Times when they would only sit; his father, himself, and Jonathan; usually Jonathan would strategically place himself somewhere where he was in easy reach of his father. They would sit together, sometimes they would talk, and other times they would be quiet. It was such a simple thing, and yet he had always known that it was something that would only be shared between the three of them. There was always a front put on for the others, Walker would always be the God while Jonathan would always be the eldest, the strongest and most deserving of Walkers children.

Stanton knew he was the only other person who ever saw just the men they were.

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