C. M. Rosens

Biography

C. M. Rosens is an author and fairy godmother of two based in England and Wales, but is lucky enough to have family and friends all over the world. She is a lover of the Gothic, the Paranormal and the just plain Weird. She wanted to go into acting once but was persuaded to “get a real job”. As a result, she has a PhD in Medieval Welsh History, an academic alter-ego, and works part-time at a gym for job security.

Summon her with chocolate, ghost stories and central heating.

Her corn snake, Jörmungandr, doubles as an artist’s model in his spare time when not studying for his starring role in Ragnarök. He has several felt-pen-on-A4 pictures appearing in such auspicious locations as CMR’s fridge.

Her husband is neither serpentine nor plotting the end of the world, which is exactly how she likes him.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Greece and South Wales, which influenced my writing in different ways. Greece certainly influenced my dark fantasy series, as I used Athens as a basis for my MC's cultural background. Those books are available as drafts on Wattpad. Currently I divide my time between South Wales and the South East of England, and the Industrial Gothic of the Valleys and the melancholy beauty of the southern English coast has really played into the Pagham-verse. I didn't realise there was an actual Pagham in West Sussex (it's near Chichester) - I named my town something I thought sounded about right for the area, so it was gratifying that I got that right! Visiting East Sussex as a child, I have vivid memories of Hastings and Eastbourne, and I think they left a strange impression on me. I've always felt it's a county where all sorts of paranormal things might happen, even in the most seemingly ordinary of places.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was about five. I'd scribble over anything if I had a pen, and as an only child I liked making up stories and playing with imaginary friends in made up worlds, like Dinosaur Land. Most stories I just made up and told my mum, but I'd also write down a few sentences or try and draw pictures to go with them. When I was in Year 5 in Primary School (so about 9/10 years old), I wrote a short story about a family who researched their family tree and then lightning accidentally struck the paper they'd drawn it on (in the middle of Stonehenge) and this released all their ancestors including Julius Caesar and Cleopatra into our timeline and they all moved into a terraced house and had to get jobs. I think it was called Hubble Bubble Ancestor Trouble. That was the first "series" of stories I ever wrote and my teacher really liked them, so I thought, hm, maybe I could get really good at this.
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Where to find C. M. Rosens online

Books

Thirteenth
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,010. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Lovecraftian horror meets kitchen sink drama in this dry, darkly funny tale of toxic families, killers and cannibals, eldritch body horror and antihero female rage.
Overexposure
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,670. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A dark, twisted, tragic romance for horror fans - complete short story CW: self-mutilation, gore, mental health deterioration
Folklore of Pagham-on-Sea Vol. 1
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,120. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales
A companion book to The Crows that stands alone as a short volume of folk stories and urban legends from Pagham-on-Sea, East Sussex.
The Crows
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,740. Language: British English. Published: January 4, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Unable to resist the whispering call of Fairwood House, known to locals as The Crows, Carrie Rickard throws herself into its restoration as a way to escape her own painful recent past. But when she learns about the bloodless child discovered stuffed up the kitchen chimney in the 1950s, Carrie's obsession with the unsolved murder leads her deep into danger... and closer to her own death.