Amy Gerrard

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About Amy Gerrard

Amy Gerrard was born in St.Helens, which was then South Lancashire. She has spent many years working for such companies as IBM, Torex, iSoft and Whitbread in a multitude of I.T roles. She prefers the more creative aspects of her work such as copywriting and web design. She enjoys writing horror fiction and short stories. Apart from writing, her other interests are art, hill-walking in Wales, photography, and early 1970’s heavy rock.

She is also a bassist and is the proud owner of two beautiful, Fender Precision bass guitars.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
Well, writing has always been part and parcel of my life. I always excelled at English in school and wrote short stories just for my own amusement. In retrospect, I never ever thought about publishing anything. And looking back I wish I had. But here I am, years later, and I feel driven to write and enjoy the fact that I am getting some work out there.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My first full-blown novel is called 'Broken Souls' and it was the sort of novel that I had always wanted to write. It's based around remoteness and loneliness, and how two normally law-abiding people get drawn into a situation that eventually wrecks their usually peaceful lives. It is about a brother and a sister who run a guest house on the Cornish coast who one day, find a decomposed corpse and a great deal of money. They take the money but find that their find comes at a brutal price. One that destroys their lives.

I intend to write more of this kind of fiction.
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Books

Broken Souls
By Amy Gerrard
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 52,240. Language: British English. Published: August 2, 2013. Category: Fiction
There are times when ordinary people do evil things! Kate Eden and her younger brother, Phil, run a guest house in a remote, coastal area of Cornwall. With Christmas approaching, and the season almost over, they go potholing with an old family friend. After finding a skeleton and a case full of money, they decide to keep the cash. But the true owners of the case have other plans.
Diversion
By Amy Gerrard
Price: Free! Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2012. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Architect, Wendy Burrows is returning home after working late. She is forced to take a diversion down a lonely lane to avoid the road works, little knowing that in reality, the lane no longer exists.
The Ruins
By Amy Gerrard
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 23,850. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2012. Category: Fiction
The Ruins is a novella about one man's struggle to escape the horror of his past. A psychologically destroyed and burnt-out Heavy Metal musician, Steve tries to come to terms with how he came to be trapped within the abbey ruins, and by only facing the past, can he escape. The Ruins is a ghost novel of brutal redemption and how we must all face the demons and horrors of our pasts.

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  • Black Water on Nov. 01, 2012
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    Hi, Gene. That was an eerie, tightly-written piece of fiction. fast moving, right to the point, far from over verbose, it made a solid horror story. I liked the ending, too. Well done.
  • The Woman on the Pavement on Nov. 03, 2012
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    Hi, Jamie, You reviewed one of my short stories and I thought it only fair to read some of your material. Jamie, I loved this. I loved the tight narrative style that used sensible wordplay to paint the scene immediately in my mind. It was the sort of story that slowly pulled me in, intrigued me, held my interest and then finally hit me with that twist that makes such fiction so worth reading. I won't add any spoilers for anyone as that would be so unfair, but I loved this story. A great read indeed.
  • Cons on Nov. 13, 2012
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    You certainly write a different kind of horror story to me. But I liked the swift pace, the black humour, and that final surprise that makes reading this kind of fiction addictive. I wasn't so much affected by the depiction of such violence, but then I felt you were using that as an effective tool to shock and jolt the senses. I loved it, and now I'm going to enjoy the rest :) Well done.
  • Why on April 07, 2013
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    A decent short of fiction with a 'pulp' style feel to it. I enjoyed its analysis of one of life's great losers and his thoughts and his own untimely demise just as there seemed to be light of hope at the end of the tunnel. It sort of reminded me of something from 'Jim Thompson' territory, and I feel that is why I enjoyed it so much.
  • Survivors on April 10, 2013
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    I'm giving this five stars as I loved how you created a scene of one person's angst towards an unforgivable past. I was sat here, reading your story and wondering how many people will read this and identify with it's undeniable realism, having experienced so much similar animosities themselves? This was an excellent study of how inner pain can eventually be levelled through understanding. Brilliantly written, Jamie.
  • Grim Reaping on April 21, 2013
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    I found this story quite gripping. There were slight shades of 'Final Destination' within the tale but the only comparison I could draw there was death and the way the victims were despatched. I am ex-Corporate (Thank God) and I truly identified with the first character and his disgust at the shallowness and non-loyalty and deceptions that so many HR and Corporate people employ to make or destroy people. I have seen it head-on, and truly empathised with that character. It was a well-grounded short horror story that held my attention brilliantly. Writing horror is certainly not an easy genre, but work like this was a pleasure to read. And the end of the story somehow made me feel justified in enjoying the delicious revenge that death had wrought upon the vacuous executives of a company. Good fiction, Stephen. Keep honing your craft.