Spotted in the Wild

This was so awesome! Walked into Keele University’s Blackwell’s yesterday and released squeals of writerly joy. A WHOLE shelf given over to the four Flame Tree books I have short stories in, along with a lovely little note underneath. They’re sat up there with the likes of ‘The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe’, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales’. Although I’ve always known they were ‘out there’ this is the first time I’ve ever personally seen them in the wild (before now I’ve just seen other people’s photos from far and yonder, which, while wonderful, don’t quite compare to seeing the real thing yourself), so this has been a major highlight of the week. Big thanks to Cathrene Rowell who, I’m sure, played a pretty big role in bringing this about. Continue reading “Spotted in the Wild”

September 2018

This has been a month for contributor copies! Three different selections arrived in the post. There’s nothing quite like that feeling when you rip open a parcel to find your words in print under such beautiful cover art. The words ‘My Precious…’ come to mind.

Anyway, here they are. First, and most recent, are my copies of Robots & Artificial Intelligence Short Stories, another in Flame Tree’s growing Gothic Fantasy series. This book contains the revised version of my short SF-romance story, GOD is in the Rain (which first appeared in A Bleak New World by Raven International Publishing). I’m thrilled to be a part of this collection, appearing alongside such esteemed company as: Continue reading “September 2018”

November 2017

Slow inhale… I love the smell of contributor copies in the morning. These landed on the doorstep. Dark Luminous Wings contains my historical(ish) horror, ‘The Devil You Know’, as well as stories by an array of fantastic writers, including: Brian Trent, Gregory L. Norris, Claire Davon, Steven R. Southard, Jason J. McCuiston, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, Trisha J. Wooldridge, T.j. Perkins and more. Thanks to Kelly A. Harmon & Vonnie Winslow Crist for editing such a gorgeous anthology. Thrilled to be a part of it!

Gregory Norris has also kindly produced a blog post in which the contributing authors talk about what inspired each tale.

July 2017

Two pieces of news this month. Firstly, my prize-winning story is officially published! Huzzah! 😁 Curiosus Cattus, which was selected as this year’s Northwich LitFest Short Story Competition winner, is out now in July’s edition of Ourtown magazine. It’s illustrated (eee!) AND the editor very kindly put in a mention for Paws Inn Rescue, Weaverham 😺, the residents of which inspired the story. They’re in need of donations so hopefully this will be some good PR for them. More information about the rescue can be found on their website.

Secondly, I’ve been doing the author happy dance because my historical cryptid short story, ‘Spring Heeled Jack: The Terror of London’ has been accepted for ‘Hidden Animals’ – an upcoming charity anthology by Dragon’s Roost Press which includes stories about cryptids (such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster) from around the globe.

April 2017

Big things happened this month… Read below.

ACCEPTANCE! My dark historical fantasy, The Devil You Know, is going to appear in Pole to Pole Publishing’s newest anthology, Dark Luminous Wings! I’m absolutely thrilled. I’ve also seen some familiar names on the list of contributors and it’s an honour to be sharing another Table of Contents with such wonderful authors. Big thanks to the editors! Also…  Continue reading “April 2017”

February 2017

Two Pieces of news!

1.) I have a story published! February’s issue of Ourtown Magazine includes my little Rom-Com, Endless Nuptials – as a feature for Valentine’s Day. It’s illustrated too! Wasn’t expecting that. This wonderful little publication is available for free in Northwich and the surrounding areas – I found it in a Tesco Express, Petrol Station, and Post Office. I haven’t noticed this publication before but now I’m seeing it everywhere! Big thanks to the editor for accepting my story.

2.) I also sold my contemporary fantasy short story, Boon of a Faery Queen, to Alban Lake Publishing’s magazine for young readers, FrostFire Worlds. It’s due to appear in the May 2017 issue.