Nick Falkner

Biography

Nick Falkner spent a decade here and there as a programmer, a soldier, a winemaker and an academic before writing his first novel. His broad life experience comes through in his writing, driven by his passion and curiosity. His writing is fast-paced and tight, built on solid characters who are backed up with careful research, deftly woven throughout the narrative. When not writing, Nick lives in South Australia, working with a great team to improve the educational opportunities for students everywhere.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in England and we migrated to Australia before I was ten. I think of myself as Australian now but that lingering presence of an English heritage connects me to two countries, with a giant expanse of world in between. I think that helps me to write character journeys, because I understand the influence that even a distant memory can have on you and how it guides what you do. I also draw deeply on English mythology, which is a very rich source of material and inspiration.

When I was very young, we went to Stonehenge and, back then, you were able to touch the stones. I remember them being so large and so terribly, terribly cold. I've carried that memory for over forty years. Whenever I want to write about the impact of mythic forces on relatively small heroes, I think back to my encounter with Stonehenge.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing stories since I was eight or nine. My first science-fiction piece was written in class when I was around that age and I shamelessly stole characters from a Scholastic book I'd been reading to (naïvely) muse on the futility of war. My teacher, who had asked us to write a piece where we imagined what would happen on the way home, gave me a look that I think everyone who writes SF&F has encountered at some time from the teaching community.

(The book was "Stranger from the Depths" by Gerry Turner, 1967. Sorry, Gerry. I did enjoy the book and it definitely set me on the path to where I am now. I don't think I've lifted anything from it for decades now. In researching this question, I discovered that there is an unabridged version available but it's very much out of print. A new book to hunt!)
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Books

The Curse of Kereves Dere
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 108,850. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Kerry and Bosco, survivors of the Great War, are struggling to move on as they make a life in London but the inhuman horrors they witnessed at the Battle of Krithia heralded a more terrible fate for the world. Their allies, Williams, Fauve, and the ferocious Doctor Cavendish, are powerful but their opponents are terrifying. Time is against them because, all too soon, the stars will be right...
Five Stories: Track One
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,280. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Five stories of fantasy and the future. The man who ages a century in a year. The teenage girl on a splintered Earth who defends her home against unwelcome company. The woodsman who has a dragon in the family. The investigative journalist who wants to get the real story of NYC's vampires. The man who discovers that the shortest step can be the longest, when teleporters fail.

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