Countdown To Christmas: Days 10,11,12 and 13!

Hi everyone! Sorry – I know I’m terrible at keeping these up to date, but I have exhaustion so it’s a bit hard to stay awake to do anything!

For days 10 – 13 you get an ANNOUNCEMENT (ooh!):

I am glad to announce that I will be re-writing THE SNOW KILLER in order to make it bigger and better!

This makes any copies of THE SNOW KILLER out there now Limited Edition (and probably signed) so lucky you if you have one!

The Snow Killer by Melissa Holden

I plan to have the work done by Spring 2015 but maybe don’t hold me to that. Lorna Holland (co-author of AFTER US) is helping me out for this one, so big shout out to her!


I will still be using the same cover that Mark Looker designed, just because I love it so much, and the current version will be available right up and till release day! I will also be adding a print edition of the book for all those paperback lovers out there.

I hope this was exciting news for you all – I know it’s got me feeling excited and festive!

AFTER US Is Out Now!

An Apocalypse Collection featuring Mark Looker, Edd Hodsdon, Lorna Holland and Melissa Holden

An Apocalypse Collection featuring Mark Looker, Edd Hodsdon, Lorna Holland and Melissa Holden

When the world ends, what comes AFTER US? Featuring stories from Edd Hodsdon, Melissa Holden, Lorna Holland, and Mark Looker, AFTER US explores the effects of an apocalypse on the survivors. AFTER the apocalypse the laws and rules of the old world bind US no more, and mankind’s true, savage nature takes over. AFTER the apocalypse, none of US will ever be the same again…

Stories Include:

  • Behind Bars
  • Cure in Age
  • Keep Your Friends Close
  • Left to Die
  • Lonely in a Crowd
  • Strangers on the Road
  • Silent Screams
  • Sally Lin

Author Bios:

Edd Hodsdon studies Creative and Professional Writing at Canterbury whilst writing in his spare time at home in Deal. He blogs about the NFL on Readwave as NFLUnderCentre, and hopes to become a sports journalist as well as a successful novelist. AFTER US is Edd’s first published work.

Melissa Holden is an undergraduate from Dartford studying Creative and Professional Writing at Canterbury Christ Church University. Melissa has been writing professionally since 2012 and has published 6 books, including her debut novella THE SNOW KILLER. She is also an editor for Her Campus CCCU.

Lorna Holland is a Creative and Professional Writing student at Canterbury Christ Church University. She splits her time between Kent and her hometown of Kettering, Northants, and hopes to continue her writing career after graduation. AFTER US is Lorna’s first published work.

Mark Looker grew up in Kent and is an undergraduate studying in Canterbury. Between writing novels he works as a photographer, and a journalist for a local radio station. His debut novella, FOREVER LOST TOGETHER, is available on Amazon. All of Mark’s novels take place in a shared universe, creating continuity throughout his work.

Click here to go to the Amazon Page

AFTER US – Apocalypse Anthology

We’ve kept this project on the hush hush, but now there’s only 2 weeks left until release – and it’s time to share it with you all.

Mark Looker, Edd Hodsdon, Lorna Holland and myself have written a collection of short stories called: AFTER US. And it’s all about the end of the world. (There, that caught your attention!)

An Apocalypse Collection featuring Mark Looker, Edd Hodsdon, Lorna Holland and Melissa Holden

An Apocalypse Collection featuring Mark Looker, Edd Hodsdon, Lorna Holland and Melissa Holden

Book Description:

AFTER US is an apocalypse anthology featuring stories from Mark Looker, Lorna Holland, Edd Hodsdon and Melissa Holden.

Stories include:

  • Behind Bars – Edd Hodsdon
  • Cure In Age – Melissa Holden
  • Keep Your Friends Close – Lorna Holland
  • Left To Die – Melissa Holden
  • Lonely In A Crowd – Edd Hodsdon
  • Strangers On The Road – Mark Looker
  • Silent Screams – Lorna Holland
  • Sally Lin – Mark Looker

AFTER US is out November 30th 2014 on Amazon Kindle

Writing Process Blog Tour

A few weeks ago I received a message from the lovely Penny Gotch, who invited me to get involved with the Writing Process Blog Tour.

To read Penny’s entry, click here. 

So, having been passed the metaphorical flag – here is my entry!

Thank you to Penny Gotch for inviting me to do this!


What am I currently working on?

I have just published a book, 52 Writing Prompts, and am currently promoting my new novel, Searching for Katherine (Release Date: July 1st 2014). I’m also working on an apocalyptic collection with Lorna Holland, Edd Hodsdon and Mark Looker.

My new(er) novel, Under the Lilies with You, is currently in progress and should be out at some point later in the year.

I have also just launched a new pen name: Melody Carter, and am therefore trying to balance both author names as well as have a life.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I write so many different genres, and I am happy to mix them. I’m working on a collection of poetry that tells the story of a relationship: so it is poetry, or a story? It’s both, I think.

Poetry has a stigma around it that I think many modern poets are trying to avoid: that it’s boring. I (try) not to write boring poetry, which usually means avoiding emotional topics, or putting a spin on them.

I think of myself as a writer who has had a real, every-day-worker-Joe life. I’m not moneyed (nor will I ever be), I didn’t go to fancy school, and I certainly haven’t had it easy. But, I think that works for my writing, because if I’m writing about everyday people: I know what I am talking about.

Why do I write what I do?

I write about real issues, real life stories: none of this fantasy/run-away-with-a-billionaire stuff (although some of that is actually quite good…).

How does my writing process work?

I asked my interviewees this question all the time – but now I realise how cruel it is! As far as my writer routine goes, I just make sure I write every day and check all of my social media. But in terms of novels, I think about the book for a few weeks – to make sure I like the idea – and then start planning. The planning process takes a few weeks, and then it’s time to start writing. I try to give myself word count targets, but I usually just ignore them.

I now pass the baton on and nominate: Mima, Lara Rye and Dot Gumbi