Mel Vil

Biography

Mel Vil is a freestyle poet, free-thinker and politically disenfranchised novelist. Despite having grown up in the UK, and then later moving to Latin America, his belief system is actually entrenched with Eastern ideas. In recent years he has lived in Western Europe, most recently in Switzerland. He was born in 1979.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
There's a good question! And there's no real one answer. It's perhaps easiest to say that it was due to finding my voice during the first years of the 21st century, but that hides a lot of the truth. Of course, when I started writing the Internet was still in its infancy, not to mention the vast amount of time I spent in South America. Secondly there's the issue of finding an agent, which in my view means playing the field and I've always been resolute on standing with my back to ivory towers... or at least definitely those of literature.
I was strongly influenced by the idea that you should write what you know. I stepped out into the world to know something, wrote about it and realised that's where my voice was. From that point, it was a straight line to the world that fascinated me most. I'd hate to be writing about writing. That's the same quagmire that the press got into. And if you look at the press and mass media today, they've been cut out of the interesting material and are slowly drifting towards their own isolation and permanent introspection.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read anything that takes my fancy. Of course, if you knew me, you'd know that's a pretty limited selection. I generally buy somewhere in the region of four to seven books at a time, knowing full well that I'll only really find some interest in one or two. I've got over the habit of buying one must-read, as they tend to just languish. I guess you could call this serendipitous, or eclectic. At any rate, I've found it the best way to encounter new and interesting reads in the short-term, and an even more rewarding way of building a library, as each title from a single shop becomes interrelated, you know, this was the best, this was the surprise, etc. And as a group they also say a lot about the personal themes of my life at a given period.
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Where to find Mel Vil online


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Books

Lies and Hypocrisy
Price: $8.00 USD. Words: 103,760. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2016 by E. M. Crisp. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Having become an enraged victim, Sammy sets out to enact his vengeance, but instead entangles himself with the man he’d wanted to kill. There might be six degrees of separation in life, but there are only three in death and two in murder.
Neocon Hard-on
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 10,500. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2015 by E. M. Crisp. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Mel Vil's latest volume of vitriolic poetry ups the ante and addresses the broader issues of today's rotten society. Neocon Hard-on is the acid reflux of the great depression. He targets the antagonists of peace, privacy and harmony, painting them in vividly real colours.
The Heart Worm
Price: $8.00 USD. Words: 55,770. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2015 by E. M. Crisp. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Sal is an over-privileged rugby player, and he's struggling to recover from the injury that ended his career. Having assumed that his future was set, he had never bothered to learn how to treat people. Now he begins clinging at straws. The first is a Latin beauty, who soon disappears from his life. And so, alone and foolishly and daunted, he sets off into the middle of a civil war...
Inside Insight: A collection of poems
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 9,140. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014 by E. M. Crisp. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
There is little for the timid or weak of heart. Nor will the optimist find much grist for his or her mill. There are sparks, but not of hope. They are the kind which start disagreements ending in red-mist. Driven, too far, without reason. Scarred, too early, without resolution. Inside there may be insight, but there is nothing to envy in viewing the world from this man's point of view.
Buenos Aires and the Origins of Sausse
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 15,820. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2014 by E. M. Crisp. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Take a ride through the gritty streets of the underworld and stand alongside low-ranking drug dealers as they pedal their wares to the ever dwindling middle class porteños and the ever burgeoning European backpacking tourists. An anthology of poetry based on Mel Vil's travels in South America, the time he spent in Buenos Aires and the road to Bolivia.
Elevated: an Anthology of Short Stories
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 26,540. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2013 by E. M. Crisp. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Literature » Literary
No art form prevails over the other. No trip to South America either. In life, as in art, one may wander alone down an untrodden path, but all must advance together. These stories uncover some of the darker sides of both life and art. Strap yourself in, open your mind and step into a world.
Buenos Aliens
Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 127,890. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 22, 2013 by E. M. Crisp. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Three friends stand at the entrance to the members-only club that is the Buenos Aires underworld. They journey past the point of no return accompanied by a cicerone of dubious quality. The story takes place in the mid-naughties, a time when Buenos Aires was dealing with the fallout of a political and economic crisis that had engulfed the entire country.

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