Beth Madden


Beth Madden is the author of the Treading Twisted Lines series, a fantasy story cycle that will eventually comprise twenty-five independent yet interdependent stories. Titles currently available (in intended reading order) are The Chosen Voice, Under the Bright Water, The Rat, Suddenly Calling, Trials of the Gods' Hands, Trials of the Gods' Hands: The Grid (Book #5.1) and A Courtesy Call.

In addition to writing the Treading Twisted Lines series, Beth has completed several novels. She is currently editing these and brainstorming her next.

Beth received her Bachelors of Science and Arts in 2009 from the University of Queensland, majoring in biomedical science, psychology and Japanese. She then spent two years living and working in Kyoto, Japan, where several inspiring experiences lead to the conception of the Treading Twisted Lines series. She currently works in Brisbane as a transcriber.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The distant promise that one day I'll live by typing my own words, not someone else's.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do: the epic adventure entitled "Mum! I've Lost My Socks".
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Where to find Beth Madden online


A Courtesy Call
Series: Treading Twisted Lines with Darren, Maddi, and Kai, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,970. Language: Australian English. Published: January 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
When privileged Darren Brown stumbles upon a body outside his apartment, the idealistic but naïve student attempts to do right by the victim. Unfortunately, in Oshi Daini, alerting police is not enough to trigger justice.
Trials of the Gods' Hands: The Grid
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,560. Language: Australian English. Published: December 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Never self-assured in his life and forced before a panel of doctors, Kai struggles to save himself from a future worse than death. But though the court-appointed experts mean him no harm, Kai’s father has sneaked an antagonist into the private interview. And that antagonist has teeth.
Trials of the Gods' Hands
Series: Treading Twisted Lines with Darren, Maddi, and Kai, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,270. Language: Australian English. Published: November 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Gifted mind reader Samson prays for some way to aid his blessed, but ailing friend. His prayers at last answered, the young priest struggles to combat the near inevitable: but for a miracle, Kai will be hospitalised, or ordered into his abusive father’s care, by a court bound to act in his best interests. His own prospects so slim, Samson offers all he is for Kai. But even that may not save him.
Suddenly Calling
Series: Treading Twisted Lines with Darren, Maddi, and Kai, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 59,730. Language: Australian English. Published: July 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Kana, strong by name and nature, has served the Okens since childhood. As further domestic inequities come to light and realities of a darker world are affirmed in scanty articles and upper-class gossip, Kana is gradually guided from reluctant complacency, and inadvertently scouted by unions, radicals, and Gods.
Dry Spell
Price: Free! Words: 1,750. Language: Australian English. Published: April 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Empty clouds and drought weigh on Paul’s soul as an inner voice torments him. It will stop at nothing to force an act of violence from the powerful teenager.
The Rat
Series: Treading Twisted Lines with Darren, Maddi, and Kai, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 9,910. Language: Australian English. Published: December 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A father drives into the desert with his young son, a small family on an exciting road trip to any police officer or petrol station attendant that looks their way. But this father isn’t the pleasant soul he acts for strangers. And it’s not suitcases weighing down the back of his sedan.
Under the Bright Water
Series: Treading Twisted Lines with Darren, Maddi, and Kai, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,020. Language: Australian English. Published: October 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Young traveller Kai has spent years in search of salvation, a cure for his debilitating curse. When he discovers the cleansing Bright Water and is taken in by the kind priests who keep it, blessings soon become blights as Kai sinks in his crushing need for purity, and discovers the shattering truth behind his curse.
The Chosen Voice
Series: Treading Twisted Lines with Darren, Maddi, and Kai, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,180. Language: Australian English. Published: September 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Journalism student Christine enters a tavern to conduct an interview with self-proclaimed wizard singer Darren Brown. Her goal: to unearth Darren’s hidden truths. Her obstacles: his annoying fans, and Darren himself. Her benefactor: a puzzling woman who will pay well to know why Darren fled their town when he heard an extraordinary young man from a temple far away had vanished.

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Smashwords book reviews by Beth Madden

  • Dead Birds on Sep. 27, 2012

    Dead Birds is a good, fast read that gets your mind churning and keeps your fingers flipping pages. Admittedly, some flips of mine were backwards to make sure I hadn’t missed anything important, but that was mainly my fault for skimming ahead, keen to follow the progress of protagonist Hollister, a man living on the streets. Chad Inglis wastes no space in this thoughtful yet abrupt short story, describing a mutated, unsettlingly familiar world populated by strange, hurting people, some of whom exhibit even odder behaviours. In response to one such behaviour, the serial beheading of pigeons, Hollister breaks through a severe case of “not caring” (an ailment most are afflicted with), and investigates. Hollister encounters kindness in his dark urban world, and ever-stranger acquaintances on his short quest. Dead Birds culminates in an event so unexpected and written so matter-of-factly that I had to read the sentence several times to be sure it had happened. A story about a simple witness to the world’s madness maintaining his goodness in the face of (what on the surface seems to be) pointless evil and hopelessness, I found Dead Birds to be quite intelligent and well-written, altogether a satisfying read.
  • The Hyacinth Girl on Oct. 01, 2012

    Beverly loves and trusts uncommunicative, artistic Carl, missing him terribly when he fails to visit. When she begins to waste away, it is him and only him she thinks of, needing him. And then he comes. But however idyllic a chick-flick the circumstances seem to create, this nicely-flowing short story had me gnawing at my fingernails. Flinching at symptoms described with succinct gore. Eyes widening in slow realisation of Carl’s absolute betrayal. Though at its core a story of love, this is no soppy romance. Mary Ann Mitchell’s The Hyacinth Girl tells a slowly creeping tale of intimacy gone horribly wrong in the worst sense. I have not read the award-winning novel which was inspired by this short story - I plan to at one point now, though - so can write uninfluenced by any previous opinions on the story concept. And, my uninfluenced opinion is that this concept is enthralling. Repellent - as all good horror concepts should be - but so wonderfully thought-provoking and novel. Mitchell has created a highly-relatable protagonist in Beverly, and Carl is so intriguing and intense. Not quite evil but far from good, this selfish man, driven by fear, comes across as neither selfish nor cowardly in demeanour. This makes him all the more threatening, and his confessions all the more unbelievable. My main critique of the writing is - and this, I’m sure, is a matter of opinion - that occasionally the dialogue seems a touch staged, not quite realistic. I was very much drawn into The Hyacinth Girl, an example of my favourite type of horror - subtle and disarming. By the time I read the final words I almost felt ill, stomach unsettled and head gone fuzzy. And this is without buckets of blood. It was the notion, the story concept, that got to me. I am sure, in the dark and silence of pre-sleep, my thoughts will stray to Carl and his perfect drawings for days to come.
  • A Slave To The Coin on Dec. 09, 2012

    Life controlled by his unbearable need to pick up and hoard coins, Emerson Cartwright discovers the origin of his fixation and fights to overcome it, however dire the cost. A Slave To The Coin is a well-written, succinct, and tense story that captures well the desperation and struggles of a man unwillingly obsessed. Debra Dunbar has created a pitiable yet quite likable protagonist in rich businessman Emerson. Suffering due to another’s choices, I wanted him to succeed, making the story’s ending all that more gripping. I particularly liked the recurring character of the unsettling beggar man, his seemingly harmless requests for spare change taunting and tormenting Emerson. Quick to read and rather dark, this short story gives a bit of a harsh reminder of how unfair and cruel reality can be, even when reality is somewhat fantastic in nature.
  • Single Guy, Lonely Grill on April 19, 2013

    A really sweet little short story. It made me smile, and made me care for a barbeque grill. I think that's an impressive achievement.