K.J. Heritage


K.J.Heritage is an international bestselling UK author of crime mystery, sci-fi and fantasy.

His first sci-fi short story, ‘ESCAPING THE CRADLE’ was runner-up in the 2005 Clarke-Bradbury International Science Fiction Competition. He has also appeared in several anthologies with such self-publishing sci-fi luminaries as Hugh Howey, Michael Bunker and Samuel Peralta.

Kev has done all the requisite ‘writery’ jobs such as driver's mate, factory gateman, barman, labourer, telesales operative, sales assistant, warehouseman, IT contractor, Student Union President, university IT helpdesk guy, British Rail signal software designer, premiership football website designer, gigging musician, graphic designer, stand-up comedian, sound engineer, improv artist, magazine editor and web journo. Although he doesn't like to talk about it. Mostly.

He was born in the UK in one of the more interesting previous centuries. Originally from Derbyshire, he now lives in the seaside town of Brighton. He is a tea drinker, avid Twitterer (@MostlyWriting), and autistic (ASD) human being.


Smashwords Interview

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written
I've written four books and many novellas and short stories. I've three more books close to release sometime in the next six months. And a fourth book - a paranormal London mystery - is almost done.

I believe in having many fingers in many pies. It suits how I like to write.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book - out March 2019 - is book two of my space noir action mystery series 'Vatic', called Ariadne. Another sci-fi mystery

Part one was inspired by... who knows?

I had this idea about a guy waking up from hyposleep with no idea who he was or what was happening.

It was supposed to be a short but was soon a full novel. A thrill ride.

I love it when that happens.
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Where to find K.J. Heritage online

Where to buy in print


The dead don't always die. If you like science fiction and good old-fashioned whodunits, this is the series for you!
Price: $2.99 USD.
Ariadne (Vatic #2)
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Scowl
No dragons and elves, dwarves and trolls, or unicorns or goblins, I promise! ...and from the dark unknown came a hooded avenger. "Epic adventure fantasy at its very best!" Read 'The Scowl' in three parts or buy the full novel (complete with an extra chapter).


Dying Is Easy
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 104,060. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
Staying alive is an entirely different matter... Aspiring Brighton comic, Jozee Jackson, has gone missing from the flat she shares with her boyfriend, Adam Hanson. Despite everyone believing Jozee had left him to pursue a new life, Adam suspects foul play and becomes determined to find her. Adam won’t give up looking until he finds answers to these questions - no matter what the consequences.
Ariadne (Vatic #2)
Series: Vatic. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,340. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Sequel to bestselling sci-fi mystery, VATIC Experimental bioship, the CSS Ariadne, has cut all communications and launched herself into hyperspace—heading towards enemy territory and certain destruction if she cannot be stopped. Vatic, a Skilled empath in the reluctant employ of the Company, is drugged and forced to board the rogue ship. But what he finds there is far more than a simple mystery.
Quick-Kill And The Galactic Secret Service (Part Four)
Series: Quick-Kill And The Galactic Secret Service, Part Four. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,580. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Never, ever, cross Quick-Kill, who knows what may happen? Quick-Kill is determined to find Sirena, aka The Bluetongue Lizard, but the Secret Service has turned our gender-bending heroine into a goddamn desk-jockey. But not for long. Quick-Kill has an audacious plan that will take her back to where it all started. Quick-Kill is going home...
The Lady In The Glass
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,610. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
12 tales of death & dying from international bestselling UK author, K.J.Heritage
Quick-Kill And The Galactic Secret Service (Part Three)
Series: Quick-Kill And The Galactic Secret Service, Part Three. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,920. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
After breaking in to one of the Gilligan’s biggest vaults, Quick-Kill finds a mysterious box. Plunder of a kind she is not exactly sure how to deal with. Quick-Kill is forced to make a choice… but sometimes going with your gut will get you into all kinds of trouble.
Vatic (français)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,100. Language: French. Published: April 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Les morts n'ont pas toujours dit leur dernier mot Préparez-vous à ne plus vouloir dormir une fois plongé dans Vatic ! Un délice de science-fiction ! Kate Danley, auteur et bestseller US TODAY. Rentre-dedans, jusqu’au-boutiste et implacable – laissez Vatic vous emmener dans une enquête sans pitié. Peter Cawdron, bestseller international en science-fiction.
Quick-Kill and the Galactic Secret Service (Part Two)
Series: Quick-Kill And The Galactic Secret Service, Part Two. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,880. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The 2nd part of Quick-Kill and the Galactic Secret Service by K.J.Heritage There is no in between... Brand new, gender-re-orientated and ‘green behind the ears’ Galactic Secret Service agent—code name Quick-Kill—is on her first mission as a man. A mission she’s keen to get over and done with as soon as possible. But nothing in the Galactic Secret Service is ever easy. Not even close.
Quick-Kill and the Galactic Secret Service (Part One)
Series: Quick-Kill And The Galactic Secret Service, Part One. Price: Free! Words: 22,430. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Another fast-paced thrill-ride from international bestselling author, K.J.Heritage Never, ever, let yourself never get caught… who knows what may happen? The forgotten, seedy backwater planet of Plenty (the most unfortunately-named world there ever was), is no place for a girl to grow up parentless and alone. But self-styled, femme fatale and genius gun-for hire, Quick-Kill, was no normal kid
Series: Vatic. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,160. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
“The best thing since Hugh Howey’s Wool! Prepare to lose sleep reading Vatic! Delicious Sci-Fiction!” –Kate Danley, US TODAY bestselling author. The dead don't always die... Vatic, a half-alive empath with no memory of who or what he is, will die in six-hours if he can’t find out why Chen Jelinek died—or so the Company tells him. And ‘the Skilled always get their guy’… don’t they?
God Gold (The Scowl Part Three)
Series: The Scowl, Part Three. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,140. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The Scowl: Part Three - God Gold. A complete novella “Dark, epic fantasy at its very best” In an explosive finale, iron is pitted against gold, but there can be only one victor.
Weirding (The Scowl Part Two)
Series: The Scowl, Part Two. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,300. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The Scowl: Part Two - Weirding. A complete novella The 'Gift of the Carline' is no gift at all... Captured by the Carline witch, Fulminara, Scowl is forced to enter a fantastical duel against insurmountable odds.
The Scowl
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,360. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
“Dark, epic fantasy at its very best” And from the dark unknown came a hooded avenger...
Flesh Golem (The Scowl Part One)
Series: The Scowl, Part One. Price: Free! Words: 24,760. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
An introduction to the IronScythe Sagas. The Scowl: Part One - Flesh Golem. A complete, Free novella “Dark, epic fantasy at its very best” And from the dark unknown, came a hooded avenger...
The Complete Indie Editor - 55 Essential Copy-edits for the Professional Independent Author
Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 24,230. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Grammar & punctuation, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Stay ahead of the competition with this easy to use, step-by-step guide. The Indie Editor is a one-stop copy-editing shop to improve your novel before publication. Including: *Redundant adjectives & overuse of adverbs *Over thirty overused words & phrases such as that, it, up/down, was/were, etc. *Proper use of italics, quotations & capitalisation & a whole lot more...
Blue Into The Rip (Into The Rip #1)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,940. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
(4.86 from 7 reviews)
HOME IS 400 YEARS AWAY A Rip in the fabric of time, a far-flung globally warmed future, a flooded Earth and the only remainder of civilisation—a militaristic organisation living underneath 'Desert Amazon'... Getting back home was the only thing that mattered to messed up, mixed race teenager, Blue & that was the problem – home was four hundred years in the past.

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