Neil Shooter

Biography

Neil Shooter grew up in northern England and now lives in a quiet suburban corner of Ontario, Canada. Always a slow learner, it has taken Neil most of his adult life to realize that the one thing that never fails to ground him and make him happy is the thing he should be doing with the rest of his life. Better late than never...

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I prefer to write out the first draft of anything by hand. The words flow better, and quicker, and the limitations of space and inconvenience stop me from going back and editing. If I write a first draft electronically, it is so easy to glance up the page, and just fix this one error, and oh that would sound better if I did that instead, and before you know it your flow has ebbed.
My second draft is the "typing up" version, with edits and revisions as I go.
I have to give "percolation" time between drafts, so that the words are fresh when I reread them, and so I can notice typos and other small errors.
You can never check too many times!
How do you approach cover design?
My favourite book covers have always been ones with bold colours, or unique artwork. Growing up, I had a set of Foundation novels, and I loved how the alien tree in the foreground grew with the city in the background. So with my own covers, I have tried to make striking or beautiful images, and to have clear links between the covers of connected stories.
The original covers of Causality and Probability were created using Photoshop, and at the time I was extremely pleased with them. Since publishing them, I've painted replacements, with a theme of a sky and a certain constellation.
With Homeless, I wanted something stark and bold.
With The Visitor, I wanted something dark and mysterious. Although I was pleased with the work I did on it, the darkness doesn't work well in the sizes most often viewed.
I used my own photographs for January 2016 Volume 1, and Five Miles Out Of Black Creek, and I'm very happy with how they turned out.
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Where to find Neil Shooter online


Books

Annual 2016
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,240. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Annual 2016 is a year in the writing life of me! The Annual includes two published short stories, "Five Miles out of Black Creek" and "The Visitor", several more gems from the Vault, a poem, and a few sneak peaks of what might be to come.
Five Miles Out Of Black Creek
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 5,070. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00)
Dean Rand is in a bit of a slump. Can this next story save his bacon? Dr. Chang's dirty white farmhouse in the middle of nowhere? Well, in the middle of Hamilton County, five miles out of Black Creek. Why would a scientist want to live here? Or work here?
January 2016 - Volume 1 - Eleven Short Stories
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 28,870. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Erotica » General
Terror, humanity, fallibility, love, sex, despair, regret, sacrifice, grief, deceit, and hope. Eleven short stories of distant planets, desperate futures, ancient magic, lost souls, shattered dreams, vain hopes, and bad decisions.
The Visitor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,630. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00)
On an ordinary blustery British night an extraordinary visitor comes, a time traveller, with a paradox. But time is relative.
Annual 2013
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,800. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
This collection is an Annual, a review of my writing life in 2013, including all short stories published in 2013, interviews, blurbs, some gems out of my Vault, and excerpts of some of the things that are coming soon!
Homeless
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,830. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Winter didn't end, but his world has. Is he completely alone? In a world gone cold, what can keep the spark of life shining?
The Kinnon Gate ( a short story)
Price: Free! Words: 7,210. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
From all over the Kinnon, they have been magically Called to a wintry square in a deserted city, but by whom, and why?
Probability
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,680. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
His eyes are filled with recognition even though they have never met. She knows it's not possible, but it's happening anyway. It makes no sense, and yet it is real. They shared a dream, but how much of it will come true?
Causality
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,760. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00)
A dream of desolation and death. A nightmare vision of a looming end, surrounded by hidden enemies and desperate strangers. His love taken. His hope lost. His life forfeit because of his failures, his inadequacies. How can this end be a beginning? And how can a dream seem so real?

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Smashwords book reviews by Neil Shooter

  • An Implementation of Magic on Jan. 02, 2013

    A well written, well thought out story, which kept me hooked until the very end. I loved the dysfunctional characterization and the scientific jargon set the scene nicely.
  • Z on May 22, 2013

    An interesting idea, and an interesting character in Z. This 16 page short story would benefit from a better translation (there were numerous translation errors).
  • Red Desert - Back Home on Oct. 07, 2017

    The four Red Desert stories really need to be read one after the other. I enjoyed this one, book four, so much more simply because I had also just finished reading book three. The story was good, but I remember being so utterly caught up in books one and two. The translation was as good as the first two books also, and much better than the translation of book three. There is a lot of hopping around in time. Well, this kind of thing happens throughout the series, but it is more pronounced here, because some of the scenes are from the very end, and some are from the very beginning of the narrative, from before they even went to Mars, so that the contrast is sometimes jarring. I'd really like to reread the whole series with the scenes rearranged in chronological order (which is also something I had wanted from Lost, the TV show). The ending didn't quite work for me. Perhaps because it wrapped things up slowly, while also setting up a future story. There wasn't the tight or dramatic ending like the other three books had had. But, denouement. I get it. I just remember how much I loved, dreamed, and breathed, the first two books in this series, and I just *didn't* the last two. Still, I did enjoy the story as a whole, and I am interested in seeing what the universe holds in store, with Aurora.