Marcus Freestone

Biography

My main work is the T14 series of thrillers about a futuristic, high tech counter terrorism agency headed by a man with a computer implant in his brain. The first book "The Memory Man" is free in e-book and the 5th book "Never Kidnap A Serial Killer" is out soon and available for pre-order. My most popular book is "Positive Thinking And The Meaning Of Life" which has had 70,000 downloads. It deals with psychology, philosophy, depression, anxiety, mental health in general and the human condition.

I have also released more than 50 albums, ranging from metal and rock to jazz and ambient/electronica. And last but not first I also produce the "Positive Thinking And The Meaning Of Life" podcast and "The Midnight Insomnia Podcast", a comedy show with ambient music and abstract visual images.

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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Where to find Marcus Freestone online


Where to buy in print


Videos

The Midnight Insomnia Podcast
Late night musings, comedy ramblings and strange ideas, accompanied by atmospheric music. The second half of the show is just music, designed to lull you into a restful sleep or give you nightmares depending on your taste.

Books

Mental Book 2: Gemma
Series: Mental. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,840. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
The second in a series of novellas on the theme of psychological trauma and the ignorance and prejudice surrounding mental illness. Gemma mysteriously acquires a life-changing amount of money but she is still hiding from the world and the repercussions of her childhood. Will she ever be able to break out of her isolation, and will she ever discover the truth about where the money really came from?
Mental Book 1: Brian
Series: Mental. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,110. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Biographical
The first in a series of novellas on the theme of psychological trauma and the ignorance and prejudice surrounding mental illness. Brian's depression and drinking are ruining his life, and eventually he reaches breaking point and is forced to take drastic action. Will he be able to bring his life back from the brink of disaster?
101 Completely Made Up Untrue Facts
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,800. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
A hundred and one totally made up facts, the perfect companion to the post-truth generation. Learn that Isaac Newton discovered gravity when he was sitting under an apple tree and an iPhone fell on his head, and that “Star Wars” was originally a story about a man who couldn't find his car keys but George Lucas was told that wasn't zeitgeisty enough so he put some robots in it. Also learn the truth
Donald Trump and Brexit: Misguided Rebellion
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,000. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Democracy, Nonfiction » Social Science » Conspiracy theories
The election of Donald Trump and Britain's vote to leave the European Union both followed two of the most negative, divisive campaigns in living memory. Moreover they are both symptomatic of a wider problem: nobody trusts experts anymore and truth itself is now seen as a conspiracy to keep the people down. We explore the psychology behind these disturbing new ways of thinking.
The Psychology of Happiness: Unravelling Self Help Nonsense by Understanding Your Brain
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,000. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Depression
Self help books can be frustrating and counterproductive, peddling the myth that all your dreams will come true if you wish hard enough. This book uses science, psychology and philosophy to examine the true nature of happiness and make practical, down to earth suggestions to improve your well being. Learn why wealth and material gain do not lead to happiness.
Never Kidnap A Serial Killer: T14 Book 5
Series: T14. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,240. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Book 5 in the T14 series sees Jennifer and her colleagues hunting down their missing serial killer, who has been very busy indeed during his short absence. Meanwhile the British public are rioting over power shortages and someone else has also escaped from custody, someone who only has deadly revenge on his mind.
Tell Depression To #@%! Off
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,660. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Depression, Nonfiction » Psychology » Mental health
Living with depression can be a real struggle with fear, confusion, self doubt, shame and guilt. This short, practical book examines what depression is and tells you how you can fight back and gain control of your thinking and emotions. It contains tips anyone can use that don't cost a single penny. Discover that a short walk has a better antidepressant effect on your brain than any medication.
Two Serial Killers, A Wedding And A Funeral: T14 Book 4
Series: T14. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,550. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
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: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,520. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
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: Free! 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: $3.99 USD. Words: 36,240. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Mood Disorders, Nonfiction » Psychology » Emotions
Are you plagued by negative thinking, indecision and guilt? Would you like to transform your life with positive thinking skills and effective stress management and eliminate negative self-talk? Have no fear, this is not your typical self-help book. This is a collection of practical tips and techniques gleaned from psychology and philosophy that can help you transform your thoughts and emotions.
Random Target
Series: T14, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,680. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
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 » Self-improvement » Mood Disorders, Nonfiction » Psychology » Emotions
Are you plagued by negative thinking, indecision and guilt? Would you like to transform your life with positive thinking skills and effective stress management and eliminate negative self-talk? Have no fear, this is not your typical self-help book. This is a collection of practical tips and techniques gleaned from psychology and philosophy that can help you transform your thoughts and emotions.
What To Do If Trapped In A Lift With A Dentist
Price: Free! Words: 9,190. 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: T14 Book 1
Series: T14, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 78,280. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
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: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,640. 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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