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


He's a crack empath detective on the run. But when the soulless 'Company' bring him back to solve a complex murder, can Vatic escape with his life?
Shattered Helix
Price: $3.99 USD.


All About Character Flaws: Making your characters miserable & rewarding your readers forever!
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 32,630. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2023. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Publishing » Screenwriting
Let’s face it… Nobody’s perfect! And if you’re trying to write a realistic, believable story, your characters shouldn’t be either. That’s why you need a book about writing characters with flaws.
The Peculiar Case of the Missing Mondrian
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,210. Language: British English. Published: July 8, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(5.00 from 1 review)
Imagine if your life was spent at the mercy of coincidence… A missing multi-million-pound painting, an insistent ex who won’t take no for an answer, and a ruthless media Baron who always gets his way. What could possibly go right?
3000 Writing & Plot Prompts A-C: Supercharge Your Creativity & Remove Writer’s Block Forever!
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 53,290. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2022. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Grammar & punctuation, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Literacy » Composition & creative writing
Want to break writer’s block forever? This jam-packed writing & plot prompt guide is all that you need!
Quick-Kill & The Galactic Secret Service
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,760. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
The complete Quick-Kill & The Galactic Secret Service series Quick-Kill is a self-made assassin and tekhead. But after a simple job blows up in her face, she finds herself running for her life. A life that is changed forever. And so begins a fun, fast-paced, action-stuffed, gender-bending futuristic four book thrill ride!
Dying Is Easy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,290. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
He wanted to live happily-ever-after. Jozee wanted to leave. But when she mysteriously disappears, Adam finds himself in a desperate fight to save both their lives!
Shattered Web (Vatic Book 2)
Series: Vatic. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,280. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
Trapped on an insane Company bioship with a dead crew, murderous survivors and heading for certain destruction…just another day at the office for Vatic... Experimental Company 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.
The Lady In The Glass
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,440. 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
Shattered Helix
Series: Vatic. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,320. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
He's a crack empath detective on the run. But when the soulless 'Company' bring him back to solve a complex murder, can Vatic escape with his life? Top Company scientist, Chen Jelinek, has been murdered. Vatic, an on-the-run half-alive empath with no memory of who or what he is, will die in six-hours if he can’t find out why—or so the Company tells him—an ‘added incentive to get the job done’.
The Scowl
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,860. 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...
All About Copyediting: 55 Easy Edits to Improve Your Writing Skills Forever
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 23,360. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Grammar & punctuation, Nonfiction » Reference » Handbooks & Manuals
Want to add punch to your prose? Follow these 55 simple edits and improve your writing forever! Applying these 55 editing steps to your fiction will allow reviewers and readers to evaluate your novel purely on the strength of your story and not on clumsy, weak prose, overuse of adverbs, repetition, and flabbiness. And in the process, you will learn to become an experienced and competent editor.
Blue Into The Rip
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,990. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
(4.86 from 7 reviews)
Blue is an angry, mixed up teen ripped 400 years from home. When the evil SEARCH corps try and use him to kill his parents, can he rescue them from certain death?

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