Elizabeth Hirst

Biography

Pop Seagull Publishing is the brainchild of Elizabeth Hirst, an Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop Graduate and MA in English from Ontario, Canada. Elizabeth enjoys Victoriana, fashion of all types, animation, Disney theme parks, and, of course, books.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I became an indie author (and publisher) because I wanted to produce books that took chances, and that pleased both myself and readers. I found that people, average people, responded so enthusiastically to my work, and didn't care what niche it fit into on a bookstore shelf. I realized, when I talked to my readers, and really saw what they wanted, that it was them I was writing books for, not big publishing gatekeepers. So, I thought to myself, why not eliminate the barriers between myself and my readers? Also, I really, really like running my own business. I would run five businesses if I somehow had the time and money to do it.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has made it easy for me to provide my books to readers, in a variety of formats to suit every e-reading taste. I love the meatgrinder system, and the ease of uploading files. Book formatting is one of my favourite things to do (seriously) but it can get tedious if there are tiny little things that always need tweaking before things can come out right. Smashwords makes it easy. Who can argue with a Word file? Everybody knows how to do those. I also like that Smashwords asks for a fair percentage, and only upon sale. I don't think many of us indies have gazillions of dollars to drop on fees!
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Where to find Elizabeth Hirst online


Books

Distant Early Warning
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 86,540. Language: Canadian English. Published: October 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Because redemption is a place... All they need to do is find the right co-ordinates. Felicia "Denny" Dennigan is a loner who lives for her Dad's visits... until one day she sees him on TV as an undead monster, and must travel to northern Ontario to bring him peace. Follow Denny as she searches for a way to put the ghosts of her past to rest, in a wilderness filled with the restless undead.
Spirits of Suburbia
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Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 25,340. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
We’ve all read tales of heroes and monsters in far-away lands... But what happens when the strangest monsters are the ones next door? From authors Jennifer Bickley, Elizabeth Hirst, Ira Nayman and Tecuma Macintyre come a collection of seven stories that will leave you wondering if you can ever really know your neighbours.
Flood Waters Rising
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 107,590. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
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For Sithon Flood, trouble is literally flowing through his veins... Heir to a blood condition that can help heal the sick and even raise the dead, Sithon finds himself trapped in a web of lies and manipulation at the hands of his stepfather, a tyrant who desires an undead army. Can Sithon escape Wardan’s evil schemes in time to save his parents’ lives and redeem his family name?
Monsters and Mist: A Short Story Collection
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 15,920. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Now, in one collection, are five original short stories by fantasy/horror author Elizabeth Hirst. From the excitement and swordplay of 'Beyond Nemra' to the unique and powerful worldbuilding of 'Mr. Oon', this book offers a glimpse into fantastic new worlds... and a few unusual looks at our own world, as well.
Mr. Oon
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Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 8,010. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Genya lives in a world where the sky is an ocean, and the sun is a great, gold fish that the people worship as a God. When an attempt to build a scaffold to the sky causes the ocean to spring a leak, raining sea creatures and salt water over the hapless town of Merdona, Genya must find a way to plug the hole, or lose everything in a wash of sea water and destruction.
Beyond Nemra
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,880. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
After swallowing a dangerous magical talisman, Nemra the swordswoman embarks on a dangerous mission to capture the Idol of Zephmal, but the enchantments surrounding the idol are designed to prey on her mental weaknesses. Will her partner, Kerimar, be able to unlock the terrible memories of her past in time to release the talisman and save both their lives?
Ground Cover
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,200. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Jenny Short is the kind of person who likes to take the easy way out, especially when it comes to taking care of her home, but when an unusual garden appears in her front yard one sunny day, Jenny must solve the mystery of its sudden arrival, or risk losing a few neighbours to its carnivorous blossoms...
Teddy Bear's Picnic
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,410. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Deanie wakes up one evening to see his favourite teddy bear, Jack, running into the woods, evidently alive. Deanie runs after him, thinking that the Teddy Bears' Picnic he has heard about in stories had finally come to pass, but he is about to discover that not all children's stories tell the truth.
Made of the Mist
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,010. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Karen is bored, stuck as the designated driver at her friend's Niagara Falls bachelorette party, until she accidentally discovers a place where the natural beauty of the Falls remains, untouched forever.

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