J Merrill Forrest


I live in a small Wiltshire village with my Greek husband. I am proud of my English degree from Royal Holloway, University of London, achieved at the age of 41, and an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. In 2007 I won The Mail on Sunday Novel Competition, judged by Sir John Mortimer, Fay Weldon and Lindsey Davis. As well as writing novels I am a volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind, boarding and training puppies up to 13 months old.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
Much as I'd like to be disciplined and work set times to a set amount of words, I can't do it! I write whenever the mood takes me, whether that be every day for five hours or once a week for 20 minutes. For poems I write by hand - very messily - to begin with then type them up so I can see how they look. For stories I go straight to my laptop, and am always grateful for my secretarial training that means I can type as fast as I can think.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The very first stories were the Janet & John series at primary school, but the ones that made the most impact were Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast books.
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Where to buy in print


Flight of the Kingfisher
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 85,620. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Alex Kelburn will tell you that life continues after death. Scott Miller would argue that it does not. Only one of them can be right, and as tragic events unfold, they and their loved ones are forced to confront their beliefs head-on.
Natural Alchemy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,780. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A collection of contemporary poetry with black & white illustrations.

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