Shauna Bickley


To indulge my fiction writing habit I write technical manuals and training materials, and in the past I've worked as a trainer on subjects as diverse as computer systems, presentation skills, personal efficiency and a few other things I've long since forgotten. I could probably do with some personal revision on the efficiency materials!

What type of fiction do I write? Hmm, good question. My latest novel, Still Death, is a murder mystery, and Lies of the Dead is a mystery/thriller set in Cornwall.

Lives Interrupted is a contemporary novel set in London against the backdrop of a bombing, and looks at how the characters react and deal with this unthinkable atrocity.

Driftwood is a romantic thriller set in New Zealand and Australia.

I've also published a selection of short stories, Footprints, and a 'how-to' book, Smart Formatting, about turning your manuscript into a well-formatted eBook.

In addition I've had short stories published in Bravado (a New Zealand literary magazine), as well as several competition anthologies, and had articles published in The New Writer. My latest short story, Recipe for a Dinner Party, was selected for inclusion in the Awesome Indies Anthology (published November 2014).

If you're interested in the biographical details - I was born and grew up in England and have lived and worked in a number of countries. I never thought I'd find somewhere to call home until I arrived in New Zealand. I now live in Auckland, close to the beach, and while I still love seeing new places I always enjoy coming home.

Twitter: @ShaunaBickley

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'd had articles and short stories published in magazines, and mostly wrote my first novel to prove to myself that I could actually finish a novel. While writing the first novel (Driftwood) I had the idea for Lives Interrupted, and when I finished Driftwood I started on Lives Interrupted immediately, and left Driftwood to languish on my computer.

After finishing and editing Lives Interrupted I sent it out to agents and publishers. I received positive comments about it, and in some cases feedback on some changes I could make. I reworked it and was about to send it back to the publishers when I attended a writer's conference. One of the speakers was Mark Coker, who I have to admit I hadn't heard of at that time. That presentation totally changed my direction and I left the conference certain this was the way to go.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When someone writes or tells me how much they enjoyed one of my books, how they were drawn to the characters and the emotion of the story, or that they couldn't turn the pages fast enough but didn't want to miss a word. That's magic!

I love losing myself in a wonderful story and I've always wanted to be able to create that for other people. It means so much to me when someone tells me I've succeeded.
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Where to find Shauna Bickley online


Still Death
Pre-release—available November 8, 2014. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 90,670. Language: English. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
The first was a hit and run. The second a murder/suicide. Who will be next? Small towns can hide the biggest secrets.
Lies of the Dead
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,400. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
What would you risk to find the truth? When Liam kills himself, his older brother Tom needs to know why suicide was the only solution. Tom's search leads him, and his sister Andi, to a criminal world where their ideas of right and wrong don’t exist, and where people aren’t who they claim to be.
Driftwood (Mystery/suspense novella)
Price: Free! Words: 32,080. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Secrets and lies can be a killer. The last person Juliet expects to meet on a work trip is Luke. She has changed her name and worked hard to ensure he wouldn't find her, but now he is back in her life again. Is it chance, or something more sinister? Juliet has secrets she needs to keep hidden, but after meeting Luke incidents occur that make her fear that her life is in danger.
Price: Free! Words: 6,740. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Four short stories that explore the hidden territory within apparently ordinary lives. They look at the events that shape those lives, and the triggers for seemingly random actions.
Smart Formatting: How to format and upload your novel to Kindle, Smashwords and CreateSpace
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,570. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
This book explains the steps required to format your manuscript for uploading to KDP and Smashwords. It gives practical advice on the Word settings to use, and those to avoid, and includes step-by-step guidelines to produce a clean manuscript ready for uploading. It also covers the steps required to format your manuscript for a print book using CreateSpace.
Lives Interrupted
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,190. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
One moment can destroy your life. What begins as an ordinary summer day in London, ends with devastation as an explosion rips through the underground.

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Smashwords book reviews by Shauna Bickley

  • Daniel A Tale of Courage and Determination, of Love and Loss on Aug. 01, 2012

    The research behind Daniel is excellent, but this is no dry full-of-facts book. Daniel's life and exploits are shared with the reader in a way that stirs the emotions. From the New Zealand Land Wars, the hardships of pioneers trying to make their mark in a new land, and family life in rural New Zealand this book covers it all. I also enjoyed the interlinking 'modern' extracts, and the journey of the narrator in finding this information.
  • The Indigo Kid on Aug. 01, 2012

    Wren captures the voice of Charlie brilliantly and never misses a beat with it. This is a wonderful adventure through rural New Zealand, with a wide variety of characters taking part. Charlie is naïve but tough, and always tries to do what's right, even if it's not always seen that way, and mostly gets her into trouble. The climax builds to a heart-stopping ending.
  • Accidental Hero on Aug. 01, 2012

    George has a guardian angel, but he's not so sure he wants one. Life might have been a bit dull before, but now things are definitely getting out of hand and moving faster than he would like. Follow George and his wanderings around Panui and meet up with a few old friends.
  • The Falling of Shadows on Aug. 01, 2012

    Wren Harris has set several of her books in Panui, New Zealand, and I loved meeting up with some of the characters introduced in other books. It's like spending time with old friends. Tessa has an intriguing past, and as we, and Tessa, find out more about events long since buried, but refusing to go away, so the tension builds. An excellent read.