Ernest Marlin


Ernest Marlin Author bio (distinguishing features: a countenance of rare charm):

I’m a crime fiction Author, born 1947, spending much of my time untangling the stories in my head into tales of alienation and enchantment. I put my characters through hell, thinking of ways to intertwine my life encounters into their fictional lives.

My introduction to books was at the spritely age of 11, when my grandfather bought me William the Detective. It grabbed my attention and I have not ceased reading since. It has reached a point where, to avoid divorce, I have to smuggle books into the house without my wife (‘Higher Authority’) seeing them. This is a bit rich actually, since shoes are to her what books are to me, but in the interest of matrimonial harmony, I apply a Nelsonian eye to any pair of shoes that I catch sight of and have not seen before. Higher Authority, on the other hand, is very strict with me and she has hinted darkly at introducing a stop and search regime as far as I am concerned. She often chooses to bring my manifold faults and transgressions to my attention as I am about to slip off into dreamland. I do, of course, pay close attention, but in the words of the old “curtain lecture” much of what is said “goes in one ear and out t’other”.

I am still a practicing lawyer which leads to many an inspiring thought day to day. When I am not practicing law or writing, you can find me reading, spending time with my family or occasionally relaxing with thumb in bum and brain in reverse.

The stories I write require themselves to be told. I can’t get them out of my head unless I write them down.

There are other inspirations to write, one in particular is a desire to record the people that I’ve known, not merely family and friends, but the people with whom I grew up and to whom for the most part pass quietly through life without raising a ripple on the surface of the water. I have a desire to record something of them. They lived and were real, and I would like to mark their passing.

I am the author of ‘The Retainer’ - an intriguing tale of betrayal, blackmail and lust set in the East End of 1970’s London in the cess pit of Whitechapel, an area whose very name conjures up images of squalor, degradation and crime, and ‘A Hero of our Time’ – a romp through the world of law and polo. Both are available to download on the Kindle store in Amazon.

A third legal story, this time about suicide (or is it murder?) and the way people sometimes behave in those situations.

All three are stories which revolve around the legal system and at the heart of each is a young solicitor who struggles to confirm and belong but cannot escape alienation and disenchantment.

Hope you enjoy them.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. Although I have to say that I have had several false starts over the years. The stories that I have written so far have been in my mind many years. They have surfaced occasionally and I have put pen to paper but then for one reason or another given up and laid the pen aside, sometimes for many years.

I first felt motivated to write about 25 years ago and I remember sitting at a rickety wooden table on the edge of a small beach on a Greek island under the shade of an olive tree scribbling happily away whilst my then young children played in the sea and my wife sunbathed. Although I didn't finish the story it is a very happy memory.
What is your writing process?
Before I begin writing I have in mind the point in the story that I have reached.

I then simply pick up the pen and start writing and allow the story to tell itself. I pause from time to time to make sure that what I am writing is in accordance with what I have already written in terms of characters and plot but otherwise I try to let the tale emerge.

I find that I can normally write about 2,000 - 3,000 words before I reach a kind of natural break.

I then simply put the pen down. I read again the last few lines so I know where I've got to and then I let my subconscious do the rest until I pick up the pen again and continue with the story.
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Vikings Dawn
Series: Sons of Death, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 54,130. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
“In the end each clan on the outlying coasts beyond the whale-road had to yield to him and begin to pay tribute.” Beowulf 10 The whale-road, sail road, whale’s way, swan-road, the kennings, Viking words for the sea. A man known as Tommy Atkins, born not long after the second world war in a 1920s-built north London council house was born into a world of poverty, ignorance and an absent father.
A Hero of Our Times
Price: Free! Words: 74,050. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
In 1970s England, Dai has prospered, is spent mostly preparing wills, and as he has become more successful, he has become more and more restless, with only two passions in life to occupy him – women and polo. Can Dai preserve his career, place at the polo club, keep the happy family façade intact and still enjoy one his greatest pleasures in life?
Just To Help Him Out and To Help Him On His Way
Price: Free! Words: 42,260. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom
Jim Hunt is Derek and Doreen Spencer’s solicitor. Caught between the two since he introduced them, Jim has witnessed the decay of the marriage, Derek’s sobriety and the failing business. Soon Jim finds not only himself but all those that surround Derek are dragged down by the selfish ambition and obsession with killing himself. Can any of them survive Derek’s obsession with ending his life?
The Retainer
Price: Free! Words: 87,330. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
The Retainer is an intriguing tale of betrayal, blackmail and lust set in 1970s London when life was more innocent - or was it?

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