When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
It's varied and depends very much on how much spare time I have. I've been playing roleplaying games (RPGs) for over a decade now and it's a rare moment that I'm not thinking about or preparing for games to run. I've also taken up photography in recent months, mainly architectural. I've lived in London my whole life and it's changing a lot right now. Taking photographs is a great way to record the changes.
What is your writing process?
I hesitate to use the word "process" as that implies there is something logical about what I do! My experiences with RPGs actually comes in handy here. I start with the "hook" - the concept - which is usually an idea or a scene that interests me. Then, I play around with the idea in my head until it either works or has changed into something else entirely. My favourite ideas are the ones that pop into my head fully-formed. They are the ones I get most excited about and even if I don't decide to use them, they are fun to play through in my head.
Published: April 18, 2015.
Fiction » Horror » General
Eight creepy stories perfect for bedtime reading. From the perils of internet dating to ghosts on the international space station, C. R. Smith and Victoria Snelling's stories are deliciously disturbing psychological tales of horror that will linger long after you finish reading.
While admittedly not my preferred genre, Fragile Bones is an enthralling - and at times disturbing - descent into darkness while also examining what is required to leave it. FB is a raw and challenging work (not least because it contains rather a fair amount of gay erotica) that doesn't shy away the topics it is trying to tackle nor does the author take the easy way out and allow the work to devolve into an endless description of sexual acts. The writing remains taut and manages to convey both deeply unpleasant descriptions and moments of genuine tenderness between the characters.
Fragile Bones is will certainly not be to everyone's tastes but those who make the effort to make it through to the end will be rewarded with a work that will remain with them long after they turn off their tablet.