I write science fiction novels with themes of time travel and alternate realities.
I live in Yorkshire; the middle of Britain.
A life long fan of fantasy and science fiction - a geek who has read "Lord of the Rings" several times. My passion writing stories began early on after hearing "The Lion the Witch, and the Wardrobe" at Junior School. I have a persistent curiosity that keeps me writing. It is my passion, my obsession, and the way I keep my mind focused and calm. I have a breakneck speed for writing, but edit much more slowly!
I love films, The Time Machine; Matrix Trilogy; Inception; anything that bends the mind. I would love to see one of my creations turned into a film; I explore the world space in my books as if it is a movie.
Best thing about writing? Being an Original.
Best drink? A nice cup of Yorkshire tea.
Best Moment so far: Getting my first book on Smashwords!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am a fiercely independent person who likes the "Do It Yourself" approach in nearly everything in life. I have always wanted success through my own efforts. I am comfortable with working on my own on the rock face of the writing adventure. So being an Indie Author really suits my personality! I don't get freaked out by the technology or the challenge of formatting. It's an exciting adventure. Discovering that sites on the web existed to self publish was an amazing revelation. I like to be a control freak, and pedantic about every detail. I can indulge myself totally, and truly be who I am.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords allowed me to do what I wanted without paying a penny upfront. I don't have money to throw at my dreams. But even if I did this ethical way of building a path to success is setting things right in my mind. I feel happy and calm publishing on this site. I think that the stress of going on dubious sites that exploit you undermine the flow of creativity. Here, at Smashwords you are free of the concern that there is any hidden weirdness trying to trick you. I can get on with writing. It is helping me learn how to be better at things like formatting. I have to make the effort and persevere and that helps me to be a better Indie Author.
It began as an Experiment. Now Project Sandglass has run out of control. But their choice of people in the science teams means that there are forces at work that can defy the rule of these self-styled Masters of Time. How friends with ordinary and extraordinary abilities work to save a future and restore time itself.
Davey and his friends escape the prehistoric enemy base. Back in London Davey is sent a letter with instructions to a safe deposit box. The contents reveal the story of his friend Jared and a life in a future time. Can the two friends help each other when Jared is suspected of murdering his ex girlfriend? Can Jared's plan to infiltrate the enemy base succeed?
Part Four of the Cloud Field Series
Jared Arden tells the story of his extraordinary journey. He is a magnet for trouble in this adventure and even his friends begin to doubt him. New allegiances and ancient loyalties are tested in this time travel journey into many worlds. Janey, his sister takes a leap of faith that strands them both in a future possible version of our world that strangely has no sea shore. Can they escape?
Davey Milnes returns to the Cloud Field Parallel world; now revealed to be part of an experiment in the manipulation of time, fate and probabilities. He learns more about himself and why he has the power to help overcome evil people who are attempting to get this God-like power for themselves. But this is one of many experiments sponsored by the university. The adventure is only beginning.
A group of scientists and adventurers find mystery in a parallel world, where all possible events can and will happen. The chief scientist Janey is rapidly becoming obsessed. Davey Milnes tells his story as he travels further into these impossible and possible worlds.
NaNoWriMo 2013 book. Last updated
An old Diary leads hacker Kyle Owen and Paranormal Investigator George to Samantha Parker, who is the key to the disappearance of a scientist Joseph Drucker. When Sam vanishes, they delve though records of secret experiments of two competing brothers. To save Sam; they must reach into the heart of Time Distortion Science, to reveal a shocking revelation in the encrypted document codenamed "Zebra".
(5.00 from 1 review) NaNoWriMo 2012 book. Last updated
Sam is a detective, who along with his smart but troublesome cat Camille, uncovers an impossible crime. With the scene of the unusual event too close to home for a man already harassed with a Mad Ex and difficult new clients, this proves to be the challenge that he needs to overcome his deepest fears, find out what electric tin openers are really used for; and save a Lady from mortal peril.
on Nov. 01, 2012
A completely brilliant novel! Inspired over the top comic futuristic sci-fi. I nearly walked into a lamp post while reading this on my android phone. Devilishly well observed characters; a crackingly good narrative, with astute political overtones; this world is one that I wish existed in more than one book. Sort of drug induced Jilly Cooper sex/equestrian scenes; a victimized good guy, a hideous ex wife, and something you really ought not to do with a hedgehog!
I will recommend this to everyone. When you get another book out I'm buying it! Thanks Darby, you made me laugh so hard I couldn't breathe. Looking forward to your next book.
What You Ask For
on Nov. 10, 2012
A cracking good read. Exciting and tense action. I like the fiery female who cannot be kidnapped without doing damage even when outnumbered. You feel right in there with the action. The characters are believably verbal, and the tension is mounting in this thrilling new nano novel. Keep following this one!
on March 31, 2013
A beautifully written evocative story. The longing and sense of loss and fear in the face of a terrible burden of time travelling away from everyone you have known and loved, is described by an often quite ordinary man. One who becomes extraordinary to his own surprize. A story that has at its heart a description of what it means to be human at its worst and best.
My only negative: the ending seemed truncated. I would like the story told of how he finally found his way home. But still five stars! I was glued to the chair all Sunday afternoon reading this.
I will buy any other book by this author. A talent to watch.