Aaron J Clarke

Biography

Aaron Clarke was born in Queensland on 24th January 1973, the middle child of two sisters. Like many other children, he watch a lot of television. Then one day he changed the channel to the ABC and saw "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Immediately taken aback by the lyrical beauty, he wanted to emulate Shakespeare.

Aaron enrolled at James Cook University to study chemistry and biochemistry. In his second year he experienced his first psychotic episode and was hospitalised for several months. A year later he returned to JCU as an English student and started writing short stories and poems, which have been published in student publications and on the Internet

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in North Queensland whose congenial people and climate shaped me as a person and most importantly as a writer. For instance, during the protracted wet season, which occurs between December and January, I spend my days voraciously reading novels by writers such as Henry James, Edith Wharton and Charles Dickens.
When did you first start writing?
At the age of twelve, I started writing a sci-fi short story inspired by the American television series ‘V’; however, it was a pale imitation, and so I stopped.
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Books

Selected Poems
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,520. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Australian & Oceanian
Drawing upon personal events, Clarke invites readers of his poetry to meet a romantic and sensitive soul.
The Lover's Lament
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Price: Free! Words: 1,540. Language: Australian English. Published: July 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Dissatisfied with her life with her boyfriend, Tobey, Patricia resorts to read sentimental novels in order to fulfil her desires; however, she soon realises that the world of fantasy can never negate her despair, and in so doing, she realises what she must do: renounce him.
Before The Fall
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,200. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
‘Before the Fall’ is a retelling of Henry James’ ‘The Golden Bowl’, but with a twist as it involves the gay lovers, Marty Townsend and Carlton Aspern, seducing and manipulating the widowed Australian millionaire Clara de Veer and her daughter Maggie.
The Flowers of Spring
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,300. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
‘The Flowers of Spring’ represents Clarke at his finest, exploring the corrosive effects of money and the consequences for those who obtain it.
The Cat
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,730. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
In the distant future, a man downloads an ancient novel and instead of instantly transferring the novel into his brain, the man does something profound, he reads the text.
Upon The Rock
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,090. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Upon the Rock is a blend of narrative voices and styles that tells the story of Marcus Baird, a gay man from Townsville, and Aemilius, a character from a novel set in Ancient Rome written by Aaron J Clarke.
La Mer
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Price: Free! Words: 800. Language: French. Published: September 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Sur la plage un homme et une femme découvrissent la fragilité d’amour et de vie.
The Sea
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Price: Free! Words: 1,030. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
On the beach a man and a woman discover the fragility of love and life.
The Sinner's Kiss
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,030. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In 'The Sinner’s Kiss', Clarke tells the story of betrayal, revenge in France and Morocco during the fin de siècle.
Adagio
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Price: Free! Words: 1,110. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(1.50 from 2 reviews)
In the confines of a bedroom, a tragedy would be enacted between former lovers that would lead to guilt and recrimination.
Les ombres de la nuit
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Price: Free! Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(1.00 from 1 review)
On a winter's night, people gather around a group of bridge players. Unbeknownst to them, in the corner of the capacious chamber, two former lovers meet: their objective to subjugate the other.
Epiphany of Life
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,930. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Adam Carlson takes for his research topic an unfinished novel by Noelene Richards, a friend of Virginia Woolf. Trying to finish this extraordinary masterpiece, Adam begins to obsess about the book and its author, an obsession compounded by drugs. This clever debut novel by Aaron J Clarke, a book within a book, plays on perceptions of reality and identity and the possibilities of redemption.

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  • All I Want on Sep. 18, 2010

    Brilliant piece of writing full of vivid descriptions of the landscape. The writer conveys the period convincingly; moreover, she writes as if she were living during the 1900s.