Shauna Bickley


I write crime novels featuring characters who aren’t afraid to solve mysteries, find murderers, and generally get themselves in all sorts of danger. In real life, I couldn’t ever consider myself the heroine of one of my own books.

As well as murder mysteries and thrillers, I also enjoy writing and reading contemporary fiction with a dollop of drama and a twist of romance.

At the moment I’m writing a crime thriller, The Worst Lie, which is a sequel to Still Death.

In addition to novels, I also enjoy writing short stories. I have had short fiction published in the Awesome Indies Anthology, Bravado, non-fiction articles in The New Writer, and appeared in several competition anthologies.

I was born in England and after a lot of exploring and travelling, I now live in the Waikato, New Zealand, close to some beautiful beaches.shauna-bickley-1-500x802

I’m always happy to talk about creative writing skills, e-publishing or other writing associated topics in workshops or meetings.

To find all the ways you can get in touch with me, take a look at my Contact page.

My Writing

In a short story, each word has to have a purpose.

To illustrate the power of a few words, here is a short story of mine published in 7 Days (Legend Press).

I’ve been sitting here for eternity. Pretending. Passing time. We both know, but can’t look each other in the eye. You used to carry me on your shoulders and now you struggle to breathe. I don’t want you to go, but yet I can hardly bear to stay.

Another example is this story published on Paragraph Planet.

The car sails through the air, as if riding the thermal currents until it feels the effects of gravity and realises it is not a creature of flight. Then it traces an arc against the night sky.

The reality is very different. The front of the car hits the ground on the edge of the hillside and cartwheels downwards until it stops. The moon casts a glow over the tangled metal landscape.

Below is a link to a non-fiction article.

Write What You (don’t) Know – this article was first published in The New Writer in 2010.

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