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I grew up in England, but emigrated with my family to Australia, where I spent many happy years and made a lot of friends. However, in 2012, I made a decision to return to live in England.
In my younger years, I was an excellent middle distance runner and a useful football player. I raced motorbikes for a while, then a little later, played competitive squash. I'm still interested in these pastimes and most sports, but but no longer actively involved.
These days I am interested in photography and music. I love to travel and see how other people live and behave in their environment. I try to keep fit bike riding, walking, swimming and going to the gym. I like to relax, drink coffee with friends and family, read, and watch television.
I honed my technical writing skills working as an electrical and mechanical engineer.
But in January 2002, my writing career took a dramatic change when I found a hidden passion to write short stories. A few stories and awards later, I started writing poetry. Since then, I have had numerous poems published, four of which have won the "Editors Choice Award" in America.
I started writing my first novel, “The Urban Soldier,” in 2002. But it was a slow process and it took a while before it reached the Publisher’s desk and was released in paperback.
I said at the time I wouldn't write another novel. But the reviews for my 1st novel were excellent, and this encouraged me to write another, and it wasn't long before I'd finished my 2nd novel, "The Prime Ministers Rival", which I published with "Smashwords" in 2013.
Then I set about compiling "Twilight" a book of my short stories, and "Atmospheric" a book of my award winning poetry and published these two books with "Smashwords" in August 2013.
My 3rd novel, "Lost in Transit", was published with "Smashwords" in late April 2014. It's a true story based around one man's quest to unravel his confused mind and find love. But it won't be an easy task to solve his confusion and love is hidden in the one place he never thought to look.
Next I wrote a novella of roughly 13000 words. It's a humorous romp of a story titled "Penelopes Wedding" and is available from Smashwords.
I've also written "Fast Track Your Novel" and published this with "Smashwords". This book contains a comprehensive, easy to follow guide into the art of writing novels. As well as being packed with ideas for stories and characters, inside this book you will discover numerous techniques needed to write a successful novel, including, the art of story weaving, how to tantalize the reader, and how to write a skeleton plot of a novel in 30 minutes.
Learning the art of writing stories, and improving my writing knowledge and style is very important to me. Subsequently, I have undertaken numerous creative writing courses, entered various writing competitions and been a member of several writing groups.
When I first started writing stories, my writing was less structured. I wrote by freehand for a while, but soon began using a computer and "Microsoft Word". Eventually, I developed a more structured approach to my writing, and used "'Microsoft Excel" spreadsheets to store my library of story elements. Then I began developing a skeleton plot of my story, which I finished off with specialized writing software. I still use my specialized software, but now I use my book "Fast Track Your Novel" to help me create a skeleton plot of the story and look up the multitude of tips and ideas that are in this book.
I have just completed a Crime Thriller:
The year is 1947, Britain is trying to recover after fighting a long bitter war. Unrest and crime have increased, and there has been a series of murders in the North of England. One murder is so horrific, the country's top detective has been sent to take charge of the investigation. But he has a terrible secret, and the deranged killer knows what it is, and if the killer's plan succeeds, it will inflict a curse on the detective beyond imagination, which he will have to suffer for the rest of his tormented life.
I have an idea for a story based in Bombay, at the time India's Political Leaders are debating and arguing about the country's future independence. One party wants to form a dominion. Another party wants to form a separate country, Pakistan, and threatens trouble if they don't get it. Trouble starts on the 14th of August 1946. Muslims attack Hindus and Sikhs. Hindus and Sikhs retaliate and soon, the streets are running like rivers of blood. Nowhere is safe, not even inside homes and buildings.
Hiding in Bombay's notorious slums, is a vulnerable Hindu mother, who is desperately trying to save her illegitimate Anglo/Hindu child from the angry mobs.
Inside the corridors of power, the father of the child; the man responsible for handing over rule of the country to a government in conflict, is desperately trying to keep his secret from his feisty wife, and the press.
For additional information about my writing, please visit my 'Google Web-site', or look me up on "Twitter", and "Facebook".
Regards and best wishes from Maurice Northmore (author)
on Jan. 06, 2014 :
This anthology is aptly named; the stories tread a fine line between the mainstream and the surreal. The variety of settings and scenarios never fail to hold the reader's attention and take them somewhere new with each story, whether it be during a storm aboard a transport ship or the cells of a Bangkok jail. In each story the author skillfully manages to set the scene and atmosphere to such an extent the reader really does feel like a fly on the wall of what's happening, which is quite apt as in one of the stories, a very clever and original idea, the narrator is indeed, 'a fly on the wall.'
At nearly sixty thousand words, this is no throw-away effort of slightly elongated flash fiction, but a real collection of well written and thoughtfully developed stories that keep the reader thoroughly entertained, effortlessly combining elements of the adventure genre with that of the thriller and suspense.
Some of the stories follow the tried and trusted short story format of providing the reader with a clever and unexpected ending, whilst in others they simply draw to a logical and satisfying conclusion, thus keeping the reader guessing and intrigued right to the end.
I would definitely recommend this to fans of the short story and novella genre, and indeed anyone who enjoys reading well written stories of any length.
(reviewed long after purchase)
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)