Chris Towndrow

Biography

I've been a multi-genre author since 1991.

My most lauded work to date is 2019's “Tow Away Zone”, a quirky small-town black comedy, set in modern day Arizona. It has shades of the Coen Brothers’ film canon, and the black comedy Grosse Pointe Blank. It’s been well-received by readers, with 5* reviews on Amazon.

In 2020 I published the sequel – “Go Away Zone” - which take the characters into a romcom caper with more love and livelihoods at stake.
In 2021 I completed the trilogy with cozy mystery "Stow Away Zone".

My sci-fi journey started with space opera “Sacred Ground” being published on Kindle in 2012. It explores the deliberate, and accidental, casualties of a long interstellar war. It’s about uncertainty, faith, and the consequences of actions.

In 2018 I self-published my 2nd sci-fi novel – “Imperfect Isolation - which embraces robotics, asteroid mining and a snowy drive in an 80-year-old Porsche. It's a wild ride for my wisecracking heroine Enna.
The sequel, “Reprisals”, followed in 2019. In early 2021 I released the 3rd instalment, “Trip Hazard”, and in 2022 the 4th book in the series - "Freeze Effect".

Years ago I penned a collection of offbeat humorous stories and vignettes inspired by the style of early Woody Allen prose. “Igbad's Rollerblading Stunts and other stories” is basically a window into my nonsensical side.

My main project for 2022 is a dystopian drama which follows the tension of a family of four stuck for weeks in a nuclear shelter.

I'm also querying a historical romance Western, which was developed from an old screenplay script. It explores prejudice against the deaf community and the Native Americans, as a man struggles to reconnect with his lost son and come to terms with his own failings.

Where to find Chris Towndrow online

Videos

Tow Away Zone - trailer
When a travelling salesman finds a town that’s not on the map, he must choose between romance and a long-held promise of untold riches. A quirky romantic comedy in monochrome and colour.

Series

The Enna Dacourt books
It’s 2069. Mankind has settled on the Moon and Mars. SpaceFleet’s Lieutenant Enna Dacourt is thrust into a series of adventures, battling corporate greed, hired thugs and shadowy figures. Armed with wisecracking wit, inner steel and the support of newly-found colleagues, Enna strives to outwit those who threaten her, her family, and her way of life.
Imperfect Isolation
Price: $2.99 USD.
Reprisals
Price: $2.99 USD.
Trip Hazard
Price: $2.99 USD.
Freeze Effect
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Sunrise trilogy
Colour-blind Beckman Spiers is fighting to become Number One salesman of the year, neck and neck with his nemesis, Tyler Quittle. Legend has it, Number Ones become so rich, they never have to work again. Upon discovering the mysterious town of Sunrise and the glamorous Lolita, his world becomes one of private investigators and backstabbing business deals, striving for his 12-year dream. But what will he have to do to reach Number One? And what will he do once he’s won the race? In this stylistic, comedic, and mysterious story, meet the most unique characters and get pulled into the colourful world of Sunrise. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Clever, funny & mysterious” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “A really easy and enjoyable read” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “This book will stick with you” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “The words 'unique' and 'inventive' come to mind” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Well-paced and bubbling with humour”
Tow Away Zone
Price: $2.99 USD.
Go Away Zone
Price: $2.99 USD.
Stow Away Zone
Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

Freeze Effect
Series: The Enna Dacourt books. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,080. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
2071. SpaceFleet have begun construction of the first Galaxy Class vessel. One key decision remains – will it be fitted with cryogenic pods, or furnished like a cruise ship, with luxuries galore? When the cryogenic feasibility study experiences failures, Tom and the Fleet PD team investigate. Then events take a very personal turn, and the stakes for Enna and her colleagues reach life-or-death.
Stow Away Zone
Series: The Sunrise trilogy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,430. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
When Lolita’s father dies, he leaves her a curio in his Will. It’s a box, which is not to be opened unless the town faces an existential crisis. But other people have boxes too, and they aren’t prepared to wait... which may cause the very crisis itself. The third book in the “Sunrise” trilogy is a humorous cozy mystery fuelled by coffee, break-ups, make-ups and a lot of sparkle.
Accidental Valentines
Price: Free! Words: 6,790. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Romantic Comedy
For travelling salesman Beckman Spiers, February 14th is the same every year—just another day. He’ll never enjoy the romantic success that his smooth-talking arch-rival Tyler does. Except this year might be different. When Beckman’s neighbour gets dumped on Valentine’s Day, she needs some company. It’s only a friendly takeaway… isn’t it?
Holding On
Price: Free! Words: 10,250. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
British undercover cops Tom and Kate, stuck in a faulty lift, have to come to terms with their complex personal and professional relationships. Which will break first—the cable, or them?
Crash Landing
Price: Free! Words: 4,760. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Adventure » General
The Gulf War, 2004. A wounded American helicopter pilot stumbles into an Iraqi house. His mind is fractured, yet galloping. The inhabitants watch him warily as he shelters from the searing heat—gabbling, bleeding—avoiding known enemies and waiting for colleagues to rescue him. Has he met friend or foe?
Golf Match
Price: Free! Words: 7,410. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Matt loved his aged VW Golf, but four years ago he had to choose between the car and a girl. So he sold the car… and then lost the girl. One day Matt spies a car he used to own... and love. When he prangs his own car, while ogling the Golf and its new female owner, it's a catalyst for a meeting of souls. What is Matt really after—romance with Sara, or rekindling his love affair with the car?
George
Price: Free! Words: 5,560. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Not a big hit with the maidens. Not the bravest knight in the land. Bored of annoying rescues and errands. Ready to hang up his sword. George is definitely not a total legend. Yet.
The Setup
Price: Free! Words: 11,490. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(2.00 from 1 review)
A New York cop drama about a sting. New York state. 2019. A nondescript box room. Two men sit, handcuffed. Arrested after a police raid, it seems they’ve been left awaiting transport to a holding cell. They get talking. They get angry. They tell tales. They form an uneasy bond. A truth comes out. And another. A confession. In strides a cop. Looks like it’s all been a setup. Or has it?
Oswald
Price: Free! Words: 3,000. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
There’s a new employee at The Pegasus Corporation. Travelling salesman Beckman Spiers meets Oswald, hired to replace unlucky Cad Follic--who’s been attacked by a tiger. But Oswald has a secret past, and Beckman will never look at him the same again.
Trip Hazard
Series: The Enna Dacourt books. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,050. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A third mishap in as many months has nearly befallen the tourist trade on Mars. Enna Dacourt, however, senses it was no accident. The lead data architect on the Mars Advance program is found dead in a hotel room. Then the Mars Advance team find that a vital data backup drive is missing. Is this all the work of pacifist anti-colonisation activists OnePlanet, or are other forces at work?
Reprisals
Series: The Enna Dacourt books. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,240. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A test flight crashes on the Moon. A key trial witness is killed while under police protection. The death of a leading roboticist, seemingly cut and dried, suddenly looks suspicious. Hiding in the shadows, others blame Lieutenant Dacourt for everything, and are bent on reprisal. Can she track down the source of all the ills which befall her?
Go Away Zone
Series: The Sunrise trilogy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,590. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Romantic Comedy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
A romantic small town comedy caper. A small town. A happy couple. An accountant with a grudge. A corporate deal-maker on the prowl. An unexplored portal to nobody-knows-where. A dramatic comedy caper fuelled by coffee, friendships and switchbacks aplenty.
Imperfect Isolation
Series: The Enna Dacourt books. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,950. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Lieutenant Enna Dacourt is stranded on a deserted asteroid with a brilliant roboticist. Killers on Earth hold knives to the throats of her family, unless she plays along with the subversive scheme of a global CEO. At stake are the future of humanoid robot development, and the destiny of the most successful company on Earth. Getting off the asteroid alive is only the beginning of her adventure...
Sacred Ground
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,160. Language: British English. Published: February 23, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A post-war interstellar space opera adventure. The end of a long interstellar war. A religious leader rallies his followers to a quest. A warship Captain ponders an uncertain future. A lone alien rebel seeks to prolong the conflict. A terrible secret comes to light. All their paths converge. What does peace look like?
Jefferson Trilby and the London Stage
Price: Free! Words: 2,330. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The tale of an appalling playwright, as told in the memoirs of a luvvie actor.
Weather Ant
Price: Free! Words: 1,220. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
For many generations, mankind has sought to forecast the weather, whether it be for personal interest or the public good. Latterly, the steady advance of computers has contributed greatly to the accuracy of forecasting, but naturally is a costly process. The most recent trials in weather prediction have centred around a simple but effective process involving livestock. Specifically, ants.
Gilbert & Turner
Price: Free! Words: 4,120. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Surely the most famous pantomime horse stalwarts of the last fifty years, Gilbert and Turner carved a matchless niche in the industry, and it’s only proper that we take this time to look back over their lives and career.
Drominivich’s Fourth
Price: Free! Words: 1,140. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
The works of little-known composer Ilya Drominivich, often regarded as impenetrably complex in their orchestration, have been the subject of little enlightening scrutinisation since his death in 2005. Now, however, a critical dissection of his most under-performed work—the dark Fourth Symphony—has been uncovered.
Six Sales, AZ.
Price: Free! Words: 3,440. Language: American English. Published: February 20, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
At the end of a disappointing sales week, Beckman is disgruntled to discover that the Coffee Planet branch he’d earmarked for his afternoon fix has burned down. In a nearby independent café, he meets Jolene, finally manages to order something besides his usual brew… and discovers a that maybe she’s not as sweet as she seems.
Tow Away Zone
Series: The Sunrise trilogy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,140. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Romantic Comedy, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
A quirky romantic comedy with a killer bite. When a travelling salesman finds a town that’s not on the map, he must choose between romance and a long-held promise of untold riches. In this comedic, stylistic, and mysterious story, meet the most unique characters and get pulled into the colourful world of Sunrise.

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