I was born in Worcester but moved to Manchester in my teens and wound up in Liverpool after marrying a scouser.I wrote short stories, poetry and articles for many years, getting published in small press and mainstream magazines and winning prizes in the odd competition. After a serious motorbike accident, I began writing seriously,originally inspired by experiences gained from work in women’s refuges and psychiatric nursing.
I studied for an MA in Writing Studies and later for PhD in Creative Writing which I completed in 2010. 'Consider The Lilies' my first published novel, which tells the story of a feral child, won the Impress Novel Prize for New Writers in 2007 and was published as a result by Impress Books.
I have lived now in Skelmersdale, Lancashire for thirty years and much of my fiction writing is set in and inspired by the regional landscape and the city of Liverpool. In 20I4 I published the first part of a history of my home town, titled, 'Skelmersdale, the Making of a New Town.' This was out of print for a while having sold out the first print run but I'm pleased to say it is now available once more.. I've also begun the second part so am hoping to complete this in the next year or so. I do enjoy researching for non-fiction writing and in May 2017 after several years' hard work I completed ghostwriting 'You Can't, You Won't' the autobiography of thalidomider Gary Skyner, who despite being one of the first UK babies born with horrific injuries caused by thalidomide, grew up to be a high achieving comedian, motivational speaker and tireless campaigner for thalidomiders' rights. This book was published in May 2017 by Troubador books and we are both very proud of it.
I like to write about the motivation of my characters, often with a look at the dark side of human nature and I do have a bit of a wicked sense of humour which I think comes across in some of my stories. I've also been published in three of the Radgepacket anthologies and have had a few stories published on the Near 2 the Knuckle website. I enjoy writing weird, gritty and fairly graphic short stories and in June 2016 published a collection of these titled, 'Triple Death.' This contains some stories that have been previously published in anthologies and online zines together with several new and unpublished stories. It is available from major booksellers as a print edition and on Amazon kindle. A second collection, which consists of linked stories set around a rundown shantytown seaside resort in North Wales, titled 'Plotlands' was published in October 2016, again available in print and kindle versions. My latest publication, 'Mere' was published by Thunderpoint Publications Ltd in June 2018, it's a dark novel about the (mis)fortunes of those who struggle to live on the bed of the lost lake of Martin Mere in Lancashire.
I'm in several writers' groups which are great for getting feedback on my work. I also love to hear from other writers and of course it is always fantastic to hear from people who have read your books and I find Facebook is one of the best forums for keeping in touch with writers and readers. Writing is definitely an addiction but it’s such fun who would want to kick it anyway? You can read more about me on my website www.carolfenlon.com.