Andrew Medcraft

Biography

About the Author.
My name is Andrew Medcraft and I am a creative writer and illustrator from Chester, Cheshire. Originally born and raised in Wickford, Essex, I have a varied CV with an eclectic mix of 9 to 5 vocations ranging from the odd to the sublime; all of which provide a wealth of inspiration.
As well as dabbling with illustration and mastering the art of colouring within the lines, I write a column for a local magazine and have works published in a number of anthologies.
Turquoise Rebellion was my first solo project of 2014 and was originally penned for a ‘flash fiction’ competition. I didn't win and received no feedback what-so-ever. I did read the winning entry however and was left scratching my head. It was on this basis that I thought, rather than keeping my projects stored away on my laptop - I should set them free. I want you to enjoy them. Pass your own judgement. Follow me. Forget me. Have an opinion.

My fascination with ‘micro’ and ‘flash’ fiction stems from the science behind the story: each piece being designed to fit on two facing pages of a typical digest-sized literary magazine. I read that In China, flash fiction is often referred to as a ‘smoking long’ because it should be read in the time it takes the reader to smoke a single cigarette. Fascinating.

My proof reader is my long suffering partner whom I fondly refer to as He (who sits at the other end of the sofa). He has little interest in my writing and I bully him into reading bits. He is my worst critic but in turn, is my best critic. He finds the mistakes and together we are the perfect team.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
To be honest, I don't have a physical desk. I don't want to sound all emo about it and say I have a metaphysical desk because that just makes me sound like a wanker. My desk is a mixture of my lap, coffee table, dining room table or kitchen worktop. Now and again, I might stretch a cable into the yard and sit at the table out there. I used to scribe while sat on the Paddington to Reading train (if I managed to get a seat). I've text plot lines to myself from bed and scribbled on hotel headed paper while on business trips. It's about being comfortable but, more importantly, inspired. It's not about order with me. I can sit and write a chapter on an email draft at work if I'm inspired. Print it off and add it to a stash of note books. I begin to piece bits together like jigsaw without the picture on the lid acting as guide. I have no idea where stories are going until I hit the word count!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I absolutely love reading. It is the perfect escape. Now and again I can get so lost in a book, the line between the fiction and my reality blur. I have always been interested in fiction. I am naturally a story teller and like to entertain. And I love to be entertained by the spoken/written word. A story can be crippled by poor execution and I think my real inspiration to pick up a pen was feeling let down by stories. I wanted to love characters and feel moved but was constantly being left disappointed. I wanted people to embellish in part and hold back in others. I read or listened to the winners of competitions and thought 'why is that a winning entry?' And that is why I began to write. I wanted to fill the gap. I fully appreciate everybody has a very different take and taste and I can satisfy mine with an eclectic mixture of authors. But when a story isn't written or doesn't come close to what I want it to say/do, I write it. And amazingly, people want to read what I write.
Being an indie author takes away the 'no, we've already got a book on that' attitude and allows me to connect with readers directly without being edited/spoon fed. It's like taking something back to it's routes. Like an unplugged version of your favourite song and hearing the lyrics how they were meant to be heard for the very first time.
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Where to find Andrew Medcraft online


Books

Prologue
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,270. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Prologue is a short work of fiction that evokes a chill. Lost, wet and without a coat the cold begins to numb his senses until the voice of a small child breaks through the darkness. Shaken but his encounter, Andrew is driven to the brink of sanity until he finds the safety of the road but as the story comes to a close, the reader is left wanting more...
They
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,200. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
'They' is a perfect snapshot of the mind of a man, sat on a bus, escaping a city that played host to a love that he had to conceal in order to keep it alive; because when you are not born of noble blood, there is little chance they will except you. When your existence could potentially divide public opinion, you are perceived a threat to the King and country. They will remove you.
Turquoise Rebellion
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Price: Free! Words: 730. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Inspirational
Turquoise Rebellion is poignant flash fiction exploring the rebellious act of a seven year old boy and his love affair with a pair of his mother's shoes. There is nothing that sets him aside from his peers and without a badge of honour or distinguishing feature, he finds solace in a pair of turquoise mules buried at the bottom of his mother's wardrobe.

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