About Me

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J. S. Collyer is Science Fiction writer from Lancaster, UK.

She studied Creative Writing to MA level at Lancaster University. Since then she has had her short fiction featured in several online publications and printed anthologies.

Her first novel, Book 1 in the Orbit SeriesZero, an action-packed, character-driven SciFi novel described as ‘Firefly meets James Bond’ was released by Dagda Publishing in 2014 and made it into Northern Soul Magazine’s Best Reads of 2014.

The sequel, Haven, was released October 2015 and the third and final instalment, Silence, was released July 2016.

She enjoys writing stories that are larger than life, but with down-to-earth, relatable themes and characters.

 

 

 

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Some of her Flash Fiction and Short Fiction  is available for free right here on her WordPress.

Twitter: @JexShinigami

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jscollyer

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8331150.J_S_Collyer

Amazon Author Page: http://Author.to/jscollyer

Want to get in touch? See the Contact Page!

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54 Responses to About Me

  1. andioconnor says:

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award! Check it out! http://andioconnor.com/2013/01/31/liebster-award/

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  3. emperort says:

    I can appreciate your struggle with mainstream writing before you went back to your fantasy interests. I wrote a 500+ page literary novel (revised to half that size) that is still disjointed and . . . amateur. I have plans to rewrite it next year with an entirely new perspective. Meanwhile I am finishing up the first draft of a post-apocalyptic sci fi novel which I have enjoyed writing every step of the way. The lit novel took over two years to “complete,” but this current book is finishing up in just over three months! It’s much smaller, and less ambitious, but for a potential first novel (in terms of potential publication) it fits the order. In any case, we must enjoy what we write or, as you mention, we lose focus and momentum and bore ourselves. And where does that leave the reader?

    • jcollyer says:

      It’s very true! My masters degree promoted a wide variety of styles and reading but a university course can’t help but have a heavily literary feel to it. And I’m not denying the benefit of the experience. I learnt more in that year than it might have taken me 10 to learn on my own. I slaved away at the literary draft of the novel I started during the course, determined I was going to be a ‘serious’ writer. But it was a chore by the end and it just ran out of steam. I didn’t know where it was going or what would happen next and, what was worse, I didn’t care either. And if I didn’t the reader certainly wouldn’t either, you’re quite right.

      I may return to it one day, as you have done to yours, hopefully older and wiser and with the tools to make it better. But for now The Road Elsewhere is so much more fun and I think I will enjoy cutting my teeth on it so to speak 🙂

      Thank you so much for your comment, it is always reassuring to find out other people have had similar experiences and come to the same conclusions.

  4. I have nominated you for a Sunshine Blog Award! A pingback with a link to the post should hit this page soon =)

  5. I just wanted to pop in and thank you for following my blog. I’m looking forward to spending time here as well!

  6. Found you through Kevin. Glad to see another sci-fi/fantasy writer on WordPress. Congrats on your recently anthology win! 😀

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  8. Gwen Stephens says:

    This is great to know more about you. To be quite honest, I didn’t know if you were male or female (although I was leaning toward female). Readers want to know who they’re connecting with, and this is helpful!

    • jcollyer says:

      This was all prompted by your advice, actually Gwen. When I first started out I had the idea that myself as a person should be in the background, including if I was male or female and just focus on my work and experience. But I have learnt you are right: when looking at other writing blogs I do like to know a little about the person so I feel I’m getting something real. It is far more appealing 🙂 Thank you for the tip!

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  10. Hi J. Collyer, I am hosting a blog tour that you signed up for and I need your contact email address. Can you message me with it on my FB private message page at http://www.facebook.com/LiteraryManiaReviews the blog tour is for “Redemption Red” by Delancey Stewart.

    Thank you,
    Stacy

  11. Dave says:

    Thanks for following my blog! Looking forward to keeping up with yours as well.

  12. Malchien says:

    Allo allo Jex. How do I say your surname? Col-yer? Colly-er?

    • It’s Colly-er 😀 like the breed of dog and the beginning of yurt lol 😀

      • Anneque G. Malchien says:

        You replied! And it didn’t notify me, dang! It’s a nice surname, btw. 🙂
        Jex, I don’t think I’ve ask you for an interview yet. That seems almost criminal. Would you be willing to brave the podcasting realm with me one week soon?

      • Oh blimey 😀 that would be ace Anneque though I don’t know if I’d be any good! What would the logistics of such an endeavour entail? 😀

      • Anneque G. Malchien says:

        You’d be brilliant! First thing is I’ll send you the list of questions (they’re more like talking points), then we arrange a time which suits us both, and we meet up on Skype and do the interview.

        The audio sounds heaps better if you have a headset, but not too bad with just your laptop speakers.
        It’s heaps of fun, the interview itself will take about an hour.

      • Sweet beans that sounds like fun 😀 My other half may well have a headset, I’ll give him a poke and let you know 😀

      • Anneque G. Malchien says:

        😀 Excellent! Can’t wait!

        Hmm… has that capped out the favour limit for one day? Or could I press you to something else? I’d like to do a Christmas raffle with the prize being a bundle of books.
        Got a few other authors interested. The deal is the tickets are free, I’ll send you the list of prizes on Friday so you can put them up on your blog. You get a letter (so I’m A and you might be B) and then assign ticket numerically.
        Around December 23rd we’ll draw all the tickets out of a hat (having written out the tickets beforehand and acquired a hat), and someone will win.

        Do you want in? I know Tuned to a Dead Channel is your seller, and I’d love to have it included in the raffle.

      • Oooooo that sounds spiffing 😀 shall I obtain an extra copy of Tuned to put in the pot, is that how it works? 🙂

      • Anneque G. Malchien says:

        That’s it. 😀 Is that okay?

      • Cool beans! I’ll have a word with Dagda and see if I can blag one. If not I’m sure I can stretch to buying another copy 😀

        My other half is going to set me up with a boom mic btw for whenever you want to do the interview 😀

      • Anneque G. Malchien says:

        Oh sweet. 😀 If Dagda won’t give you one, I’ll nab another copy.

        It pays to have partners with gadgets, doesn’t it? (so suss) Because of the holidays, and an interview scheduled a little while ago, you’re up either Jan 17th, or next Friday. Either way we could record next week.

      • Brillo! Any and everything work for me! Now, this time difference of ours, what exactly is it? I work full time you see and busy all weekend (darn real life!) What do you think would be feasible?

      • Anneque G. Malchien says:

        Huzzah! I’m actually pretty flexible, since I work from home. What times work for you? The weekend is fine.

      • What time is it where you are now?? (just trying to work it out lol)

      • Anneque G. Malchien says:

        Ah, sorry! I go by Sydney time. Have you tried this: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html

      • Oooo how handy. Cripes, this is going to be tricky. I leave the house at 8am and don’t get back until 17:30 and the next couple of weekends are fully booked for me.

        Would around this time be ok for you? I know it’s kinda early your side

      • Anneque G. Malchien says:

        How about we leave the interview until January? Maybe we can catch up over the holidays. Like… no mum! I can’t entertain the family! I have an interview! >:0

      • Heehee that works for sure! I should have a weekend free then which might give us more freedom 😀

        If you’d like a way to get in touch with me to arrange it then my email is jexshinigami@yahoo.co.uk 🙂

      • Anneque G. Malchien says:

        Oh, shinigami? Bleach/ Death Note?

      • Anneque G. Malchien says:

        Oooohhhh 😀

      • Oh and HUGE thanks btw, I’m so flattered 😀

      • Anneque G. Malchien says:

        Glad to have you!

      • Also hopefully by jan I may have achieved some more XD

      • Anneque G. Malchien says:

        Yes! Put yourself on a hard regime of achievement achieving!
        But really, you are impressive already.

      • You are very kind ^_^

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  14. M. C. Dulac says:

    Hey there! I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogging award! And you should have a pingback for one of your posts too! Keep up the excellent work!!!

    http://mcdulac.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/awards-season/

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  16. Ronovan says:

    Saw an RT of your praising of your photo shoot and Followed you back to here. Glad I did!

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