A. F. McKeating


A. F. McKeating lives and writes in the UK. She has published several novels and short stories. She writes for children as Alison McKeating.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I remember was a picture book. I can't remember if it even had any words, but I do remember the illustrations which were pictures of a "Mrs Mouse" figure tucking up her little ones at night and having some sort of adventure. I remember sneaking a look at it in bed when I was supposed to be sleeping. I was maybe four years old at the time. I don't have the book any more and I'd love to know what it was. There was something about it that stuck with me, though, and maybe that's what started my love of reading - the discovery that you can be taken outside yourself by a book that you just don't want to put down for the night!

To be honest, I don't remember the first actual story I read, as I became a keen reader and read anything I could get my hands on. Early books that made an impression on me, and which I returned to time and again, included C.S. Lewis's Narnia series, Tove Jansson's Moomin stories and short stories by Joan Aikin.
How do you approach cover design?
With great apprehension! Until I had to think about the covers for my own books and stories, I'd never appreciated how difficult it can be coming up with the right image. Ideally, I'm looking for something which captures the reader's interest, while offering a fair indication of the nature of the story. For short stories, I tend to stick with a fairly simple cover: title and author's name. Lazy, perhaps, but sometimes simplicity seems best.
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Where to find A. F. McKeating online


Maddy and George: Messages through the Wormhole
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 44,200. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » General
What's a few billion light years between friends? Meet Maddy and George, friends who live on opposite sides of the galaxy, who write to each other through the wormhole. They live on different planets, but whether it's dealing with bullies or trying to win the inter-schools football league, life can be tough for a ten-year-old, wherever you are...
A Shade Darker
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 83,280. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
"OK, we'll play it your way," she told the darkened screen. "If you want inspiration, I'll give it to you. Both barrels. And then some." Plagiarism, blackmail and broken bones. The sequel to The Accidental Career of Hilary Darke.
Past the Shadows
Price: $1.23 USD. Words: 72,810. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Dragons don't exist. Do they? Claire North: twenty-two years old, museum dogsbody, looking for meaning in her life after a bad patch. An ages-old race of people who claim to be descended from mythical creatures. A chance encounter with a stranger, which catapults Claire into a series of terrifying events which soon have her fearing for her sanity and the lives of the people she cares about mo
The Accidental Career of Hilary Darke
Price: $1.23 USD. Words: 89,160. Language: British English. Published: March 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Hilary Darke. Struggling writer. Reluctant temp. Highly effective killer. She'll do whatever it takes to survive.
Breaking the Rules
Price: Free! Words: 3,890. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Editors everywhere take note. Be nice to your writers. They don't always take criticism well. When a student in a writing class is snubbed by her tutor, who also happens to be the editor of the edgy magazine which keeps rejecting her stories, she takes it very personally. She wants him to see the real her, so it's time to rewrite some of the rules...
The Monster Inside
Price: $1.23 USD. Words: 94,740. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Urban
Monsters come in all shapes and sizes… Two people: five years apart, but connected by their fight to keep the bad things at bay.
Dawn Breaking
Price: Free! Words: 2,200. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales
The godmother has never fitted in and no-one really wanted her at Dawn's christening. But all she wanted was to show her that there's more to life than pink...
Price: Free! Words: 820. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
They met in the springtime... A short story about a short marriage between two people which ends badly for one of them.
The Interloper
Price: Free! Words: 2,210. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A fairytale, in which a cat falls out of one story and into a new adventure.
They Shall Inherit The Earth
Price: Free! Words: 6,540. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Ethan is the first human child created on Earth in 500 years. Is he the answer to the current labor shortage or will his creation change life for the synthetics forever?
The Long Shadow
Price: Free! Words: 5,530. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A contemporary ghost story. The diaries of a dead woman reveal how she has been haunted throughout her life by a mysterious shadow.

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Smashwords book reviews by A. F. McKeating

  • The Horror Days on Aug. 24, 2012

    An early warm-up for Christmas, just as the first tinsel and ads are starting to appear (in August)... Liked it!
  • Spiders Know A Thing Or Two on Aug. 24, 2012

    Nice story, but it didn't quite feel like the end. Would like to read more about Ricky and Harry.