Ophelia Keys


I’m based in Victoria, Australia and I write paranormal / gothic fiction. Indigo is my first novel available online. It was written as a serial fiction, week by week. You can read about the experience of writing this way on my blog. I don’t think it’s for the faint hearted! Indigo is set in Carlton, an old suburb of Melbourne where I used to live. The creepy house she lives in is a real house that I lived in for a while. The rest is entirely made up.

I’ve had a long love affair with learning and writing. I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Editing and Communications after my MA in Classical Studies (Violence and Imperium in Livy’s First Pentad). I’ve also received a mentorship for Young and Emerging Authors from the Australian Society of Authors (Australia Council funded) and was lucky enough to work with the wonderful story-teller, Sophie Masson. I currently work as a freelance editor, researcher and sometime uni tutor.

Thank you for sharing my imaginary worlds…

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I recently found a notebook with my first novel in it. I think I was in mid primary school, because I could write pretty messily but (finding that a bit cumbersome) I just filled page after page with fake cursive script. And I do mean fake. There are no real letters or words in there. It looked a little bit like pages of little waves. It was pretty long and I've got no idea what it was about, but at least it showed that the drive was there - to fill blank space with little black marks. I wanted to write a novel.
What's the story behind Indigo?
Indigo is set in a house I used to live in. A creepy Victorian terrace that made your skin crawl whenever you were there alone. It's funny how the houses that have strong feelings attached to them seem to stay with you and somehow become your favourites. When I decided to write a gothic fiction set in my home town of Melbourne, Australia, I knew my heroine needed to live in that shabby, creepy, grand old terrace. When I wanted to convey tension or fear, all I had to do was imagine myself back in that house - especially by that little closet under the stairs!
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Where to find Ophelia Keys online


The Cause
Price: Free! Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Perhaps he was slashing his way through the grey uniforms. Well, that was his job after all. Only it wasn’t his job. She faltered in her smooth, cat stride. His job had been to protect her father’s interests. Did honour call for her to return and fight beside him? She was confused and she had always been taught that confusion was death. A short story about honour and love.
Price: Free! Words: 52,860. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Have you ever passed someone on the street, met someone at a party, who just gave you the creeps for no reason? Granted, some of them are just creepy people. But you should be aware that some of them aren’t people at all. This is the first in a paranormal fiction series set in Melbourne, Australia.

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