Clive Gilson

Biography

Over the last two or three years I've concentrated on writing shorts for free eBook downloads via places such as the iBookstore, Smashwords and other similar publishers and aggregators.

Having broken the 50,000 download barrier earlier this year, I'm now producing larger collections for both print and electronic distribution.

These new editions will be joined by new works over the coming months and years as I develop new ideas in both the shirt and long formats.

I'm looking forward to getting new work up for you all in the coming months and hopefully we'll get chance to share work, comments, feedback and all that good stuff...

Cheers for now,

Clive

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest published book is Acts of Faith, which came out electronically at the end of 2012 and in print this summer (2013).

The story is based on a number of memoirs from the eighties - namely those of people like Tom Sutherland, Terry Anderson, John McCarthy and Brian Keenan. Lebanon and the Middle-East in general are fascinating areas of study and in reading both memoirs and journalism by writers such as Con Coughlan and Robert Fisk, I remember sitting in bed with my late wife, Karen, one morning discussing the nature of any human reaction under the circumstances that people lived in and died in in such times and places. I asked her a simple question - would we be any different if we faced the same hardships and dispossession?

And that was the germ of an alternative history where the oil rich Middle Eastern states are what we in the West like to think of as the developed world and poor Northern Europe is the fundamentalist basket case. The story is written as a memoir by a twenty-something Lebanese man who comes to war-torn England as an aid worker... and that's it for now - if you want to know more the eBook is on Smashwords and, even better, is free, so download and read Marwan's story :)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
As a family we moved around quite a bit when I was young. If memory serves I think we moved about seven times by the time I was twenty (although I'd left for college at eighteen - another move, of course). I guess the key things that I learned then were things like self-reliance and the art of making a life in ever-changing circumstances, all of which have stayed with me throughout my adult life.

As far as influences on my writing are concerned I think this is reflected in the independence of thought and the range of subject areas that I have covered. I don't like to be pigeon-holed or tied down to one particular genre or area of story-telling. You could say that I'm "bloody-minded" about it at times, but the variety keeps me interested and motivated. That said, of course, the very fact that I range over different areas and topics sometimes mean that maybe I miss a trick in establishing a stable audience.
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Where to find Clive Gilson online


Books

Hesperus Wrecked
Price: Free! Words: 1,980. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(5.00)
If you've ever woken up in a late summer afternoon on a Greek island then this is for you. It's a love story... mostly...
Fergus on a Bridge
Price: Free! Words: 2,940. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Coming of age
Four students. Nineteen-eighties music. A Messiah and his disciples. A bridge. Beer. what more could anyone want?
Courtyard
Price: Free! Words: 4,050. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fairy tales
A life spent dusting books has finally amounted to something for Signor Secretary Gabrielle... All is order. All has purpose...
The Last Watchman
Price: Free! Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(2.00)
Luisa is fifteen years old and infused. All she wants is a quiet moment down on the beach, throwing stones into rock pools, until, that is, she meets the last watchman...
For the Love Of Comets
Price: Free! Words: 3,590. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Literature » Literary
(1.00)
A short tale of familiarity and family and love and frustration and all that goes into a couple growing old together... a love story... of a sort...
Pigs and Dogs
Price: Free! Words: 5,120. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Childhood dreams... Childhood friends... That breath upon your arm in the dead of night that makes the hairs stand up... Becca and her 3 year old son, Ollie, settling down after another day of work and play... be careful with those dreams, my darlings...
In For A Pound
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 59,910. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This new edition collected together for the first time contains a new selection of Clive Gilson's award winning short stories. Clive's stories mix a love of traditional storytelling with magical realism. There's a lot of reality here, good and bad, but you're never going to be far away from the odd, the horrific and the mysterious...
In For A Penny
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 68,160. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This new edition collected together for the first time contains seventeen of Clive Gilson's award winning short stories. Clive's stories mix a love of traditional storytelling with magical realism. There's a lot of reality here, good and bad, but you're never going to be far away from the odd, the horrific and the mysterious...
Civvies
Price: Free! Words: 5,470. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
August 1945. The last of the 56th Londoners are home from Germany and heading for a short leave before their final demob. Private Sydney Newt is returning home for the first time since 1940. He is 23 years old. The boy he left behind is long gone. The man knows nothing else but war.
Glasshouse Tango
Price: Free! Words: 3,610. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Literature » Literary
(1.50)
A moment alone... a memory... a derelict glasshouse... All set to the imagined soundtrack of an Argentinian Tango... the second of my new batch of short stories after a spell away from telling tales. Just so much fun to be back in the saddle...
Wind Freaks
Price: Free! Words: 2,850. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
One of the first of my new batch of short stories, Wind Freaks is set in familiar territory - the North Devon coast - where a moment of simple, comforting solitude falls prey to the night darklings. After a substantial break from publishing new work we're back at the story-telling grindstone. I'd almost forgotten how much fun story-telling is... hope you enjoy...
Five Shorts
Price: Free! Words: 5,310. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Five Shorts is a Dancing Pig Original publication - showcasing work by author Clive Gilson. This small collection of Flash Fiction shorts showcases a number of prize winning stories from competitions.
Jamul's Happy Day
Price: Free! Words: 3,760. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Jamul's Happy Day is a Dancing Pig Original publication - showcasing work by author Clive Gilson. Set in Afghanistan just after the arrival of US and European troops in the early years of this new century, this tale tells the story of one man's patience and reward.
Transcript
Price: Free! Words: 5,890. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
New Version - December 2014 - updated and now set as opener to new novel - Legerdemain - to be serialised over winter and spring of 2015. Don't believe in Star Wars... life on the edge of the solar system is dark and dirty, cramped and mean. The Cry 'Havoc' series tells stories about war and freedom and every shade of grey in between, all of them rooted in memoirs and accounts from WWII.
Acts of Faith
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 105,890. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Alternative history
Acts of Faith is a full length novel - the first story in a new series called Cry 'Freedom' by author Clive Gilson. The European Renaissance never happened. The Ottomans were not stopped at the gates of Vienna. Ferdinand and Isabella failed in their attempt to defeat the Moors. Imagine a world turned upside down.
The Incredible Shrinking Bogey Bear
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 7,370. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
When Mrs McGonagall collapses with the biggest nose bleed in the world, inventor Dad & his daughter, Morgan, have to come up with a plan. Dad miniaturizes Morgan's cyber teddy bear, Bogey, pops him in a techno-suit, & programs him so he can wield a laser glue gun. Inserted in Mrs M's nose Bogey has just 5 minutes to fix the nose bleed before he reverts to normal size & explodes Mrs M's Head.
Into the Walled Garden
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 71,320. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(1.00)
This book contains 10 years worth of prize winning poetry…10 years worth of work both published and unpublished, collected together for the very first time (warts and all).
Songs of Bliss
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 123,570. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Just how far will a father go to protect his daughter, especially when his 'protection' is so fundamentally flawed?

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