Charles J Harwood


Writes psychological thrillers on the human condition pushed to murky realms. Themes to be found include abduction, gambling, alcoholism, insomnia, voyeurism, psychosis, neuroses, peer pressure and narcissism.

Author’s works include The Shuttered Room, Falling Awake, A Hard Lesson and Nora. Writes screenplays and a blog, Writers’ Remedies.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
I don't have a desk. I write anywhere, it can be on a train, in a waiting room or in the garden. All I need are notebooks, pencils, eraser and sharpener. I will then type out my handwritten draft onto the computer to be edited.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Midlands in the UK. Early life was hard. We didn't have much money and I went to large comprehensive schools. I also come from a large family. I therefore had a lot of source material for creating characters and situations. This made it easier for me to empathise with why people do the things they do, even though on the surface, it might be wrong or a crime.
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Where to find Charles J Harwood online

Where to buy in print


Inappropriate: Three Short Stories
Price: Free! Words: 11,370. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
3 short stories about irrational emotions between 2 people. ‘Deadline’ tells of Andrea, about to bag the ideal boyfriend. Only her tutor and her late thesis stand in the way. ‘Outside’ recounts of Deke, an ex-con doing community service outside the home of single mother, Elaine. And ‘Nice’ follows the life of Durante, suspicious of his girlfriend, who keeps getting texts from a secret admirer.
Falling Awake The Screenplay
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 15,540. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2014. Category: Screenplays » Drama
A screenplay adaptation of the psychological thriller, Falling Awake, telling a toe-curling tale of an insomniac voyeur and a reluctant exhibitionist. Adapted from the novel of the same name, this unforgettable screenplay runs 90 minutes. Specially formatted for ereaders and paperback. Includes a character list and guide to reading a screenplay.
The Shuttered Room Screenplay
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 16,850. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2014. Category: Screenplays » Thriller
A screenplay adaptation of the bestselling thriller, the Shuttered Room. Little do they know their captive holds a deadly secret. Jess is taken hostage and locked in an upstairs room by 3 thugs. In a bid to escape, she cuts a hole in the floor with a cutlery knife from where she spies upon them. Specially formatted for ereaders, includes character list and guide to reading the screenplay.
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 69,850. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Nancy is having a great night out with her friends. She finds herself in the back seat of a millionaire’s limo. Things just couldn't get better. Could it? Her life is about to be hurled into a nightmare. Her alto ego is about to be born.
Nora The Screenplay
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 16,160. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Thriller
Nora's harsh brand of rehab hides a bitter secret. Ex-nurse Nora vents her displaced anger with darkly comical results upon a slick and arrogant nightclub owner who has been crippled in a car accident. With a character list and a guide to reading a screenplay.
Gone Too Far (3 Psychological Thrillers about Taboo)
Price: $6.80 USD. Words: 224,390. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
The hostage and the captor; the voyeur and the performer; the teacher and the pupil. Here exists a line that should never be crossed – but what if it were? Three full-length thrillers about the contorting effects of taboo; some scenes are toe-curling, others disturbing. The thrillers within: The Shuttered Room, Falling Awake and A Hard Lesson (novels also available singly).
Blood and Water: Three Short Stories
Price: Free! Words: 5,990. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Three short stories on poignant life experiences. The opening story, Blood and Water begs the question: who really influences us in life? Dead Letter Room, the second story delves into the thought processes of a misfit at work. What made him that way? The final story, What Simon Knows is something hidden and mysterious. All three stories to fill spare moments. Collectively, 5.200 words.
A Hard Lesson The Screenplay
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 17,390. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2012. Category: Screenplays » Drama
A teacher takes on the pupil from hell only to learn what treachery means. A screenplay adapted from the novel of the same name telling the story of a tenacious teacher who takes on the pupil from hell. She grows torn between obligation and what her student might be. A thriller with sexual chemistry at its core, formatted for ereaders.
Falling Awake
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 82,240. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
“People would do anything for money,” spits a sinister moneylender to the distaste of Gemma, a single mother facing homelessness. So begins a toe-curling tale about the uneasy chemistry between a voyeur and an exhibitionist. But if only she knew the sort of man her voyeur was. She wouldn't perform for him. A funny yet disturbing and haunting tale.
A Hard Lesson
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 72,490. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A teacher takes on the pupil from hell only to learn what treachery means. Sarah soon gets drawn into the dark secrets of her pupil's family and the inner workings of her boyfriend’s criminal clique, headed by a psychopath. A story of the worst deceit and barbed secrecy, will she face her greatest fear?
The Shuttered Room
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 70,630. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Little do they know their captive holds a deadly secret. Jess is taken hostage and locked in a bedroom by three thugs. In a bid to escape, she cuts a hole in the floor with a cutlery knife. From there, she observes her captors’ secret lives. That’s when she starts playing psychological games with them. If only they knew what she was up to. What would they do to her?

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