Mel Vil


Meet the captivating Mel Vil - a poet, free-thinker, and novelist with a passion for exploring the depths of the human experience. Born in 1979, Mel's journey has taken them from the rolling hills of the UK to the colorful streets of Latin America, and ultimately to the cultured corners of Western Europe.

Despite their varied travels, Mel's belief system is firmly rooted in Eastern ideas, infusing their writing with a powerful spiritual essence that will leave you breathless. With a voice that echoes with raw emotion and an unflinching honesty, Mel's work speaks to the very heart of what it means to be human.

Through their latest novel, Mel invites you to join them on a journey of self-discovery, where the only limits are those you set for yourself. With each turn of the page, you'll find yourself drawn deeper into a world of vivid characters, intense emotions, and transformative insights.

So come, step into the world of Mel Vil and experience the power of their writing for yourself. Order your copy today and discover why they are quickly becoming one of the most exciting voices in contemporary literature.

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

Where to buy in print


The Dull Fire
You set the price! Words: 103,980. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2023 by Villemel. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Adventure » General
Imagine a world emptied, except for those airborne. Meet Sebald who lands to inherit a cloud-covered Paris like no other, and Jérémie and Blanche who adventure through post-apocalyptic Bolivia. Themes of captivity, survival, fractured relationships, and the human spirit weave into a gripping narrative. Dive into this unforgettable journey, where the unexpected is the new reality.
Lies and Hypocrisy
You set the price! Words: 103,760. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2016 by Villemel. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Enter Sammy's gritty world of danger and revenge in a scorching, racially charged summer. As he descends into a world of murder and betrayal, he finds himself forced to team up with his enemy against his only ally. Can he resist the pull of darkness and temptation, or will he be consumed by the depths of human behavior? Don't miss out on this gripping tale of the price of vengeance and power!
Neocon Hard-on
You set the price! Words: 10,500. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2015 by Villemel. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, 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
You set the price! Words: 55,770. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2015 by Villemel. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Coming of age
Join Sal on a journey of self-discovery as he sets off to a foreign land, hoping to solve his problems by chasing a Latin beauty who disappears from his life. Over seven days, he meets two people who challenge him to change his privileged perspective. Will Sal succumb to his lack of experience and dangerous dependencies? Don't miss this gripping tale of self-realization and the price of privilege.
Inside Insight: A Collection of Poems
You set the price! Words: 9,140. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014 by Villemel. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
Be captivated by an introspective mind in Inside Insight, an emotionally charged 2nd volume of poetry. Journey through 4 parts & explore Mel Vil's unique perspective on life, the human condition, & the world. This deep & honest collection is not for the faint-hearted but offers a gripping and thought-provoking read. Join this soulful journey & gain a newfound understanding of the human experience.
Buenos Aires and the Origins of Sausse
You set the price! Words: 15,820. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2014 by Villemel. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Epic
Buenos Aires and the Origins of Sausse is a captivating poetry collection exploring self-discovery and the struggle to find meaning in a city rocked by economic crisis and euphoria in the early 2000s. This collection takes readers on a journey through the gritty streets of Buenos Aires and is a must-read for those interested in modern poetry, Latin American culture, or the human experience.
Elevated: An Anthology of Short Stories
You set the price! Words: 26,540. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2013 by Villemel. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Explore the nuances of the short-story format in this incredible anthology. These stories push the boundaries of traditional writing and challenge readers to think outside the box. With a focus on relevancy to plot and concision in description, this collection showcases the very best of modern fiction. Don't miss out!
Buenos Aliens
You set the price! Words: 127,890. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 22, 2013 by Villemel. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Join three friends on a journey to the members-only club of Buenos Aires' underworld. Against a backdrop of political and economic crisis, they are guided by a man fighting for his own morality and VIP status. Buenos Aliens tells the tale of an unlikely friendship and the consequences of their actions. This gritty story of drugs, indecision, and unexpected relationships is not to be missed.