We drove into the stormbecause we belong there,beneath electric skies,where the rain hammers our skinand the wind calls to us in sighs. I wonder if only you and I feel the vibrations,because we are made from the same star,our polarities alignedand drawn together from afar. In my dreams you composewith brushstrokes of lightningthat fork black pastel … Continue reading Into the Storm
(For Mental Health Awareness Week/ Month) Sometimes the dreams lead me to this questionable reality. Sometimes not. There is no sense of being awake, or of sleep. There is just confusion. Time is littered with events real and imagined… events yet to be, or somehow those that filter into my consciousness from an alternate branch … Continue reading Fissures
In honour of World Mental Health Awareness Day, because so many people suffer, yet are brave enough to acknowledge they are in the fight. And because it's time I did the same. I yearn for the time there was just you.Not that I like you,have ever embraced you. Not that you’ve gone away.You never go … Continue reading Ode to OCD
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“This book is so amazing! Well thought out and clever, it will take you on an emotional journey. I couldn’t stop reading, I finished it in one night because I couldn’t leave Magpie without knowing if she’d be okay. A brilliant first novel, I can’t wait to read Ms. Austin’s second book!”
“Raw, honest, and emotional. Magpie in August feels so genuine, my heart bleeds and aches for the intricate characters within. Simply a masterpiece. Kindra writes with a tone that echoes poets and romantics of days long past…she is a master of her art. Bravo.”
You stood beside the lake, crestfallen, steel blue eyes weeping salty tears into the fresh water. This place was so beautiful in the summer. We had a perfect angle on the sun, right next to that old oak where the bank sloped down and caught the fading light in all its fractal beauty. The day … Continue reading The Lake
If you haven't seen John Carpenter's The Thing, then why the hell not? This film is not a just a masterpiece in suspense, fear and paranoia, it's an example of how you can really explore character. Read on to see what makes it tick. (SPOILERS AHEAD) 1. Location, Location, Location. It’s Antarctica. It’s winter. … Continue reading Five Reasons why The Thing is the best Sci-Fi Horror. Period.
Had a great time chatting with Dan and Luke from Hawk & Cleaver on their Story Studio podcast. We talked about self-publishing in general, then got into more detail with world building, linked stories and Foreverland, the latest novella from the Forest Town Chronicles. You can listen to it for free on iTunes store: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/tss-014-linking-stories-w/id1140596479?i=1000377996845&mt=2 Also, … Continue reading Podcast Interview – Hawk & Cleaver
I've been deliberating over this for a while, but I finally decided that I needed to rebrand myself to offer a stronger identity to my work. A Wilderness Within served me well in the beginning. It played to my sensibilities as a writer, an introvert who viewed the writing journey as a vast, lonely wasteland … Continue reading Blurred Worlds…the new name for a Wilderness Within
Foreverland is the third chapter of the Forest Town Chronicles. It is available on Amazon Kindle at UK store or US store The tragic deaths of two young girls still linger in the hearts and minds of a grieving town, but only one person really knows what happened to them. Sebastian Binks has been … Continue reading Foreverland – out now
Okay, to whet your appetite for my forthcoming release in The Forest Town Chronicles series, for this weekend only you can get yourself a copy of The Dark Rising and The Great Illusory for free. These books are novella length, each one a self-contained story, but one that ultimately feeds into the wider arc of the urban … Continue reading Weekend book give-away