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.
Writing Is Part Of Who I Am
I can't imagine ever not writing. I've spent over 25 years in this profession, doing all sorts of writing from freelance articles to fiction novels. But now, first and foremost, I'm a ghostwriter specializing in life stories and memoirs.
I relish the challenge of gathering the facts and events of a person's life and creating a flowing, page-turning narrative.
Life stories can be written to delight family members only, or to be published and read by the wider community.
If you're interested in finding out more, including customer testimonials, check out my Ghostwriter page.
Novels And Novellas
I am also an author and have written in a variety of genres. 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 Book 2 in the series and Obsession - A Crime Of The Heart is Book 3.
These days, with our busy lifestyles, many people don't have the time or the inclination to read full-length novels.
Shorter books that 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 40 000 words.
The Noir Nights Series
In my opinion, the Noir Nights Series reveals the best of my fiction writing. I thoroughly enjoyed writing the books, and had fun creating the covers.
I've written a total of 7 novels in genres such as psychological suspense, comedy and crime, and one memoir Making The Breast Of It. You can find out more about my books on my Novels Page by clicking the button next to the books above.
Stories, Articles And Other Jottings
As a change of pace from the marathon of novel writing and ghostwriting, I also enjoy writing short stories.
A couple of these you can read on my stories page under the Stories menu above.
Included among them are two of my award-winning short stories, A Peaceful Death and Sleuthing for Beginners.
I have also won a number of awards in short story competitions run by Stringybark Stories. I won second place in the 2021 Open Short Story competition and had my story Badge of Courage published in the Stringybark Stories anthology The Mirror.
I've received two highly commended awards in previous competitions, and had those two stories, Make Believe and The Perfect Job published in the Stringybark Stories anthologies Cocktails and Red Gold.
Most recently, my short essay When One Door Shuts, on how a diagnosis of breast cancer changed my life, was published in the Tales2Inspire Moonstone Collection Anthology in May 2022. The theme was turning the page.
On this website, I post reviews of books I've enjoyed reading, focusing on non-fiction. In the past I've also reviewed fiction and here's a sample for you: Pretty Things by Janelle Brown.
A Little More About Me
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 (like Mooloolaba Beach below) is one of my favourite places to chill out and find inspiration.
I also love hiking and travelling, and combined the two in September 2016 by undertaking the the 800 kilometre Camino Frances pilgrimage across northern Spain with my partner.
It was a life-changing experience which I highly recommend. 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, Australian Society of Authors, Life Stories Australia and Sisters in Crime.
These organisations have been fantastic in providing education (workshops and seminars) and support.
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 about writing and reading, my two favourite pastimes. I look forward to hearing from you.
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