Hi! I’m Robin Storey. I wish I could wrap up my life in one cute sentence as I've seen on other About Me pages.
'Robin lives in the wilds of Western Somalia with her partner, two houseboys, a pet rattlesnake and a very nervous chihuahua.'
But I can't. I've never been to Western Somalia.
I have written in a variety of genres and after writing An Affair With Danger, the first book in my Noir Nights series, I realised how much I enjoy writing noir.
That probably says more about me than anything.
I like edgy, suspenseful stories with flawed characters who are often underdogs and frequently don't act like heroes.
So Noir Nights was born. It's a series of short, stand-alone crime/suspense novels.
Secret Kill is the second book in the series with a third one on the way (stay tuned).
Update 2020: Obsession - A Crime Of The Heart, Book 3 in the Noir Nights series is now available. See below.
These days, with our busy lifestyles, many people don't have the time or the inclination to read full length novels.
So shorter books they can be read in an afternoon or on the daily commute are often more appealing.
Plus, I enjoy the challenge of writing a good story in forty thousand words.
Having said that, my novel Murder Undone is a full length psychological suspense novel, with a bit of time travel thrown in.
Sometimes when you get an idea for a novel, you have to run with it.
Also, because I can't help myself and it's the way I view the world, my books often contain humourous dialogue, characters and situations.
This is particularly evident in my book How Not To Commit Murder and my short story book, Comedy Shorts.
My very first book was a romantic comedy called Perfect Sex.
As a budding author and still learning my chops, that one took a long time to write and it proved to me that my preferred genre is crime fiction and noir.
I need the cut and thrust of the edgy world of crime and not the softer world of romance.
Irrespective of the genre though, I need humour. Even when it's a serious topic.
After battling a bout of breast cancer I plunged into the world of non-fiction for the first time and wrote a memoir called Making The Breast Of It.
I am also a life story writer and enjoy the challenge of gathering the facts and events of a person's life and crafting them into a flowing, page-turning narrative.
Life stories can be written to delight family members only, or to be read by the wider reading community if that is the aim.
If you're interested in finding out more, check out my Ghostwriter page.
As a change of pace from the marathon of novel writing, I also enjoy writing short stories.
A couple of these you can read from my stories page under the Stories menu above - The Pistol and The Muse.
Two of my award-winning short stories, A Peaceful Death and Sleuthing for Beginners are featured in my free e-book Comedy Shorts.
I have also won two highly commended awards in short story competitions run by Stringybark Stories and have had those two stories published in the Stringybark anthologies Cocktails and Red Gold.
My website has undergone quite a few changes of direction in line with my own plans and goals and I have now settled into the roles of indie author and life story writer.
It's on my blog that I share with you the interesting and humorous aspects of being an author of a 'certain age.'
To find out more about my novels, please go over to my Novels page where you can read about each one in more detail, or click on the image below.
I’m an Aussie, living on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, in my unbiased opinion one of the most picturesque and livable parts of the world.
When the temperature gets down to 10 degrees C in winter, we rug up and complain bitterly.
I love the casual, relaxed lifestyle and the beach is one of my favourite places to chill out and find inspiration.
Another tidbit about me is that I also love hiking and travelling and combined the two in September 2016 by undertaking the the Camino Frances pilgrimage across northern Spain with my partner.
A life-changing experience which I highly recommend.
If you'd like to know more, I wrote a blog post about it, Five Life Lessons from Walking the Camino de Santiago.
I have a loving, supportive partner, (unfortunately, no houseboys and fortunately, no pets) 3 adult children and a weakness for chocolate. (What writer doesn't?).
There's something about the process of writing that sparks that craving!
I'm also a member of the Queensland Writers Centre.
This organisation have been fantastic in providing education (workshops and seminars) and support.
Another group I'm involved with is the Sisters in Crime, an organisation for female crime writers.
Please drop a line and say Hi or leave a comment at the end of my blog posts.
I love connecting with other readers and writers and am always up for a good chat. I look forward to hearing from you.
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