Marcus Freestone


I write novels, music and comedy. I drink too much tea and don't do enough washing up. Sometimes I go outside.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a house with one parent, no siblings and little money, so I developed a hyperactive and fairly abstract imagination very early on. I used to improvise stories for other kids when I was 4. I couldn't stop having ideas all the time and I still can't now. I do a lot of the work on my novels in my head before I write anything down. Once I've begun a novel the ideas never stop, I don't have to search for them. I'm also very happy being on my own, which makes novel writing the ideal activity.
When did you first start writing?
I tried to write a novel when I was 7, managing 4 pages before giving up. At 9 I wrote a half hour one act play and press-ganged 2 school friends into endless rehearsals. I asked for a typewriter for my 10th birthday and began writing stories and poems. At 16 I started writing hundreds of comedy sketches. I again tried to write a novel at 18 and managed a 20,000 word novella which was dreadful. After distracting myself with stand-up comedy, journalism, music, life and stuff, I got back into novels in my late 30s and finally finished one properly just before my 40th birthday.
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The 'Marcus Freestone Has Done A Comedy Show' Comedy Show
The latest episode of my sketch comedy podcast. If you enjoy the humour in my books then this is right up your street, crouching behind a lamppost and beckoning you towards it.


Two Serial Killers, A Wedding And A Funeral: T14 Book 4
Series: T14. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,330. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
It's been nearly a year since the first one. The break has been more than necessary. Too many mistakes last time. It was only a test run, but still. It turns out that becoming a serial killer is more difficult than I'd expected. All these years of studying the 'greats', honing my plans, and I still almost got caught first time out. I need the magic number four to become a 'proper' serial killer...
Just Murder (T14 Book 3)
Series: T14. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,230. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Does anyone ever deserve to be murdered? More than one person has to answer this question in the third book in the series about T14. It's all change at the counter-terrorism agency but some things remain the same: members of the now disbanded CIA are still wreaking havoc in the UK, various people are still trying to blow up various things, and Jennifer is still craving coffee.
101 Ways To Happiness
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,090. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
101 suggestions to make your day a happier one. Some are serious, some are downright stupid. This cheeky little book will get inside your brain and force a smile right out of your face.
Positive Thinking And The Meaning Of Life (Extended)
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 25,770. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Cognitive psychology, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Metaphysics
A brief and concise exploration of psychology, philosophy and the workings of the human brain. We explore consciousness, bad faith, decision making and many aspects of thinking. The book ends by answering the question of the meaning of life in two paragraphs. For anyone who's still struggling to answer all the 'big questions', find out most of them don't even need to be asked in the first place.
Tabula Rasa & My Mate's Got a UFO In His Shed: 2 Novellas
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,570. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
My Mate's Got a UFO In His Shed is about the strange things that have happened to me. Or possibly someone else, I'm not sure. It seems too interesting to be my life. Anyway, it's a collection of odd people and thoughts. Tabula Rasa is a comic tale about the mental perambulations of a philosophy lecturer and his strained relationship with his sister's boyfriend, not to mention the rest of humanity.
Random Target
Series: T14, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,360. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
2025. Steve is a regular guy leading a quiet life but somebody is following him and leaving him strange notes. As events escalate, should he go to the police or deal with it himself? Counter-terrorism agency T14 have their hands even more full than usual and Jennifer has been ordered to give up coffee. Eventually, these two worlds meet in a page-turning sequel to 'The Memory Man'.
Positive Thinking & The Meaning Of Life
Price: Free! Words: 11,800. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Cognitive psychology, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Movements / existentialism
A brief and concise exploration of psychology, philosophy and the workings of the human brain. We explore consciousness, bad faith, decision making and many aspects of thinking. The book ends by answering the question of the meaning of life in two paragraphs.
What To Do If Trapped In A Lift With A Dentist
Price: Free! Words: 9,130. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
A collection of poems about rabbits, vicars and soiled bandages,
Ethelbert's Sunday Morning
Price: Free! Words: 18,700. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
These thirteen short stories range from comedy to drama and horror, and from the mundane and everyday to the downright bizarre.
The Memory Man
Series: T14, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,890. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
In 2014 a massive terrorist attack in London kills 80,000. Ten years later we join T14, the money no object, red tape defying counter terrorist organisation tasked with ensuring that this never happens again. Recruiting from the police, SAS and other agencies, T14 uses the latest technology and a no nonsense approach to fighting terrorism and related crime. A pacy thriller.
The Least Resistance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,360. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
11 year old Sarah almost dies during a violent gang attack. Aged 21 she starts a new job in an I.T. office and is confronted in the pub after work by her stalker who over the next few years becomes an increasing presence in her life and the situation quickly builds to one of nightmarish proportions. Her judo skills will keep her safe, or will they? A comedy thriller set in the everyday world.

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