Chris Norgate

Biography

Chris Norgate lives in Hampshire in England with his wife, children and small furry rodent like things and spends most his time playing with them or mucking them out - you decide which.

Why write a book? After years of struggling with the written word dating back many years to being labelled at school (by a teacher who was too scared to call him thick) Chris has tried to find ways to not read or write. After having to write more reports for work and driving the automatic spell checker into meltdown, he sat down to make a list of the top ten misspelled words he makes......this soon turned into well over 100. So with a blogging site set up to try and get a short paragraph or two to constantly write words until spelt correct he started the diary; it was originally about his life and was as boring as a firework party under the sea, so he added things to make it more interesting. When comments on the blog started coming in that the girl character was very interesting - which surprised him as he was writing about himself, Chris changed 'her' into Valentine as it was the 13th Feb when he was looking for a name and it seemed a good one to go on with. And there it is, 17 months later a book has been created and now its been unleashed onto the world until Chris is paid an extortionate amount of money to take it away and smash the hard-drive its saved on.

If Chris ever finds the courage to write another book he promises to try and put a plot into it.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
It follows a week in the life of Valentine Orphanet, all 13 days of it. She - after a brief stay in hospital where she is attacked by a life leaching monster in human disguise and meets a Vor called Ludo who eats pain, before travelling to Wykeham where she meets a very scary old Witch, underground Masters and animal mutilations before travelling back to London on the trail of a long list of missing persons. Girls from villages across the Country disappear after being sent to the big city to study for their futures, unfortunately none of them are seen in quite the same way again.

Its about righting wrongs and solving occult crimes and trying to stay alive long enough to do it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've hated the written word since I was a small child - they keep wriggling and moving around the page and for some reason I keep forgetting what some letters look like (especially y's, g's and that other one I can't see on the keyboard right now - which is hard as I have a g in my name and forget how to write it all the time.)
I then found myself (badly) writing reports and risk assessments at work and began to list all my common spelling mistakes.......a list now three pages long! The blog was supposed to help me repeat words until I could write them correctly and then the book just grew and grew until it became something I could turn into fiction. It wasn't supposed to be a full story, just an exercise in English. I also learned what a thesaurus was an who knew there were so many words for the same thing!
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Books

APPtitude for the arcane
Price: Free! Words: 7,890. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Want friends, influence and a guaranteed pass on all your exams? Download this app now! But what cost is there to a free app that promises everything? As Valentine and Xanthic find out, more than you could ever afford to give, not just an arm and a leg but your whole life.
Play With Me
Price: Free! Words: 10,180. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Valentine and Sam have agreed to spend the night in a haunted house. Sceptical at first, Valentine set's up to record what she hopes would be an uneventful night, until Samantha finds something that doesn't just go bump in the night but can bump everyone off in the night. Without Xanthic around to race to the rescue, Valentine and Samantha must rely on their own magical skills to survive. Oh dear!
Destiny Lays Under Your Feet
Price: Free! Words: 10,770. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Valentine has had an intriguing introduction in how easy it is to lie through telling nothing but the truth, pity it was deep under the ancient monastery and surrounded by those who'd happily see stays there. Can Xanthic, her demonic employer, talk his way out of here or has he finally jumped in too deep for both of them?
These Are the Dog Days
Price: Free! Words: 14,490. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Valentine and Samantha have been conned, scammed out of there money and feeling like revenge. Luckily she works for the demon Xanthic who already has ideas of his own in that regard. A short story from the diary of Valentine Orphanet, Witch

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