M R Weston


M.R. Weston (Maryann Weston) is a professional writer, training initially as a journalist and editor. She grew up on a farm in Australia and learnt early that the best adventures in life are the ones you seek out and follow.
She has made it her mission to follow her dreams, including writing novels, and has combined her love of adventure and new horizons with a vivid imagination and ability to tell a good story.
Maryann has a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) and is also a qualified teacher and counsellor, with a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Diploma of Community Services.
She currently works as a journalist, editor and public relations professional and is a mum to three boys. She lives with her family in rural NSW, Australia.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
As well as being a writer, I have a background in editing, communications, journalism and public relations. That's what I do in my day job. It made sense to indie publish, and gave me the control over my book I wanted. But the actual writing is what I love best and I have been doing that professionally and personally now over about 25 years. I think most indie authors self-publish for the love of writing and seeing their work come to life, and playing a huge part in that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I am a very visual thinker. All my school reports as a kid used to say "Maryann has a very vivid imagination". When I write I let my imagination go and I write scenes and the plot after I 'see' it unfold in my mind. I also feel the emotions of the main characters, so I write from a combination of intuition, visual thinking and drawing on my own life experiences. That whole process is very satisfying and it's almost like I need to write most days to fulfil that creative need within me. I also find it very cathartic, to fictionalise what I've learned and experienced and also have that control to weave that into something important - to say something important that I believe should be said. In that way I'm an advocate on many issues such as bullying, social injustice and corrupt behaviour and attitudes.
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Evil Imminent - A Collection of Horror & Paranormal Short Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,220. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
A horror/paranormal anthology that lures, grips and exhilarates, leaving the reader demanding more. ‘Normal’ will never be the same after reading Evil Imminent. In Maryann Weston’s exciting new anthology, mundane becomes extraordinary and unresolved dysfunction can have terrifying consequences.
Shadowscape - The Stevie Vegas Chronicles
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,010. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Stevie Vegas is your average 12 year old school kid living in suburban Valley Dale, with a passion for skateboarding. He thinks his life is pretty normal, that's until he discovers he's an Illuminator with extra-ordinary mind powers. Then the Shadowcasters arrive and he's forced into a battle as ancient as time itself; one that pits Illuminators against Shadowcasters: lightbringers against demons.