Shaun Girling


Shaun Girling was born and raised in south-east England. During his teenage years only his obsessions with R.E.M. and baseball stood out. He left town to pursue his non-practical dream of obtaining a liberal arts degree but got distracted on the way; he bought a guitar, taught himself to play and write songs started performing around Birmingham. Shaun left the University of Wolverhampton in 2001 with a degree in American Studies which affirmed an oft ignored feeling that he had been born on the wrong continent. He continued to write, perform and record music whilst holding various bill-paying jobs until 2005 when he fell in love with a German and moved to her home town of Mainz. They later married and now have a young daughter. Soon after arriving in Germany he exchanged writing songs for longer texts and eventually began his first novel London, in Limbo. Shaun is an English teacher and is now working on the difficult task of three second novels.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I remember writing was called 'King Shaun and the Knights of the Oblong Table'. It was complete with illustrations and I did it at school, I guess I was about 9 or 10. Despite the self-centred title, I made myself rather a fool of a king and it was my best friend at the time who was the hero of the story.
What was the first story you ever read that had an impact on you?
Several had an emotional impact on me but 'On The Road' by Jack Kerouac was the first to lead me to do something. I think I was 20 and after reading it I drove all over England and back in in a couple of weeks visiting friends. I enjoyed the travelling just as much as the meeting friends and I think it freed me up a little. I read it again about a decade later and didn't get into it at all. Something in it I think speaks to an ungrounded mind.
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London, in Limbo
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,250. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
When Craig first enters The Kennedys he has been stripped of everything recognisable and comfortable in his life. He starts frequenting the north London café daily. Over the following three weeks he establishes himself as a regular and has his opinions and preconceptions challenged at every turn by many of the café's atypical guests, forcing him to examine his job, ambitions, and life in London.

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