Gary Kittle

Biography

Gary Kittle is a self-published writer of six books. He has been shortlisted for the Essex Book Festival Short Story Competition twice and his play 'Walking Through Wire' was staged in London to critical acclaim in 2014. Many of his shorter screenplays have been filmed by Film Colchester and DT Film Productions, two of which ('Three Sheets to the Wind' and 'Connected') finishing as runners-up in film competitions. He is currently working with DT Films on their first feature film, Dragged Up Dirty, as a script adviser and his short film credits have now passed into double figures. 'Data Protection', written by Gary for Dan Allen Films was shortlisted for the Sci-fi London 48 Hour Film Competition. He was also a runner up in the STORGY Halloween Short Story Competition (2016). Gary lives and writes in Wivenhoe, Essex. His latest books are the thriller, 'Glass Alibi' and a collection of stage plays, 'Trapdoors'.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Like reading, it's the excitement of the unfolding story, except with writing it's like picking up a book of blank pages and the words appear on the page before your eyes as you're thinking them up. It's exciting, yes, but a bit spooky, too - especially with some of the ideas I come up with. But there has to be an audience. It's not enough to write in a vacuum. Recognition and appreciation count for a lot; they keep you going, inspire you. I love the idea of people reading something I've written, even if they don't like it. Possessing, as I do, the social skills of a lettuce, writing is my way of connecting with others. As a friend once said of me: 'Writing is not something you do, it's what you are.'
Who are your favorite authors?
List time, then: I like Patricia Highsmith, Pat Barker, Leo Tolstoy, Philip K. Dick, Ian McEwan, Doug Johnstone, Stephen King, Andrew Cowan, Mark Billingham, George Orwell, Susan Hill, Graham Swift, and J. M. Coetzee. Well, they do recommend would-be writers read widely!
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Where to find Gary Kittle online


Videos

IF LOOKS COULD KILL - trailer
Thanks to Dan Allen Films for making this trailer for my latest novella, out now.

Books

Trapdoors
Price: Free! Words: 27,170. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2018. Categories: Screenplays » Drama, Plays » Gay & Lesbian
This collection of claustrophobic stage dramas begins with ‘Chalk for Cheese’, a play about guilt and reconciliation between a father and son, with a distinctly peculiar resolution. ‘Stitching the Cherry’ is a three-act family drama, again centered on unfinished business, this time between two siblings. The third, ‘Walking Through Wire’, tackles the subject of homosexuality during World War Two.
Glass Alibi
Price: $1.30 USD. Words: 60,760. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Geoffrey Madeley's wife Claire has a secret hidden in her mobile phone, and the more she tries to hide it the more he thinks he knows what it is. Refusing to let someone run away with the love of his life, Geoff takes drastic and decisive action. But he soon learns he has made a catastrophic miscalculation. With time running out and the net tightening fast, Geoff must fight on to win. At any cost.
If Looks Could Kill
Price: Free! Words: 31,200. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A few years from now every woman in Britain wears the burqa. They don’t work. Their rights have been eroded. Mostly they rot at home, for every British female is the victim of a biological terror attack that strikes at the heart of our way of life. An immigrant girl, however, may hold the key to finding a cure; and as the ransom deadline approaches one man must stand up for justice.
Dumb Angel
Price: Free! Words: 30,270. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2016. Categories: Screenplays » Sci-Fi, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
At last Don has a wife who will do anything he demands, without question. And if she really was his wife he’d be breaking several laws; so it’s lucky she’s only an android sex toy that looks like her. Acting out his deepest, darkest fantasies Don goes too far, causing the android to malfunction. But at least there are no witnesses - until the doorbell rings and standing outside is the real Mary.
Nine Lives
Price: Free! Words: 30,870. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
These nine powerful stories focus on the lives of adult men; some from the present, others from the recent past. Though many could be considered tragedies, there are also moments of justice, courage and humour. Both sexes will appreciate the experiences of these intriguing characters, however; whose collective message is that confronting our weaknesses can often become our greatest strength.
Bully For You
Price: Free! Words: 21,990. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Transgressional fiction, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Chris Haynes thinks he has everything under control - until his wife leaves him and a mugger jumps him after work. Now his young son is rebelling big time, the mugger hasn't finished with him yet and there's something he would rather keep secret under the summer house. It's time for Chris to prove himself as a father and a man, but fighting back could be the most dangerous response of all.

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