10 November 2016

One Last Post

This website was conceived as a diary of my successes (and failures) as a ‘hobby’ writer. Despite being published 47 times in various books, anthologies, magazines and comics over the last 3 years, my new job and a hectic family life have unfortunately conspired to put a temporary, but likely lasting stop to my writing output.

All of the posts on this website (all 148 of them!) will remain active for now and a full list of my published works can still be found at the top of this page.

COLT-45 and the other books in which my stories appear are all available via Amazon and links to them can be found on this website.

Thank you for your support.

7 November 2016

TIME

Time is precious.

I remember being ‘bored’ as a kid and now find it strange that I honestly can’t remember the last time I felt that way. If only…

In early 2015, I was promoted into a managerial job which quickly took away a lot of my ‘spare’ time and inevitably, my writing output began to suffer. That precious hour or so in an evening (without the kids!) is simply not enough time to continuously and seamlessly work on either a comic script or book and as a result, my writing has effectively stopped.

Over the last eighteen months or so, those stories that I’ve had published were mostly already complete and so were either looking for a home, or sitting on some editor’s desk awaiting final publication.

I currently have a couple of scripts still awaiting an artist (one story for Something Wicked has been waiting for over two years now) and so any hope of them seeing publication soon is slim. When they do, I will of course update my ‘published work’ page.

It’s therefore somewhat fitting, that as I now find myself without the time to actively pursue a career as a ‘hobby’ writer, I look back at some of the highs and lows of the last few years. Indeed, this website was originally conceived as a diary of my success/failures, something for me to hopefully look back on with a degree of pride.

Lows

-           -     That the comic book version of COLT-45 never became a reality. Despite a successful Kickstarter campaign, the artist unfortunately failed to deliver.

-            -     I spent more time on my ‘Next of Kin’ project than anything else (bar my book) and it was a little disappointing for the artist to give up when we couldn’t secure a publisher. More so as I would have found a way to fund the project myself.

-            -     Fast forward to the present day. My current job and a busy family life have effectively conspired to put a hold on my writing and with it, any hope of writing a second book.

Highs

-            =   Publication of my first book, the novella ‘COLT-45’. Despite few people (but my kids) actually reading it, I’m still immensely proud of something which took me about 1000 hours and over two years to complete.

-           -      Since the publication of my very first story back in 2013, I’ve managed to get a grand total of 47 stories published in 3 years!! The challenge I first set myself was to get a comic script published and I’m pleased to say I’ve somewhat exceeded that.

-          -      I’ve been lucky enough to work with some incredibly talented artists and I’m especially grateful to Trystan Mitchell, Dan Cornwell, Edward Whatley and Jake Lynch.


Overall, I’ve enjoyed being a part of so many writing projects and I certainly don’t regret the time I’ve spent doing them. Going forward, there are perhaps a couple of old scripts I might brush off and I dare say I might even have a go at a short story completion or two, but it’s fair to say that this website will be a quieter place from here on in….


Time is indeed precious and it seems that as far as writing is concerned, it’s no longer on my side.

5 November 2016

British Showcase Anthology Volume #2

This weekend sees the launch of the British Showcase Anthology Volume#2 at one of the UK’s biggest and brightest comic conventions, Thought Bubble. Published by Markosia and edited by Adam Cheal, it features a ‘showcase’ of British comic writing and artistry… and me.

‘Blast Into The Past’ sees me once again working with Trystan Mitchell on a story that was both written and drawn several years ago, having taken this long for BSA#2 to finally see the light of day.

At 101 pages long and with 12 wonderfully illustrated stories, this graphic novel really is a showcase and the perfect way for me to bow out as a ‘hobby writer’.

BSA#2 is available in digital from here or in paperback here.



Enjoy!

31 October 2016

Hallowscream 2016

Today is Halloween and that, of course, means Hallowscream!

I had my first story published in this annual Horror comic back in 2014 (here) and this year, Ghastly McNasty himself has once again seen fit to publish another terrible tale. 'Endless Love' is written by by myself and has the artistic talents of Davy Francis.

Click here or on the cover below to download your own FREE 2016 edition of Hallowscream.

Happy Halloween!



2 October 2016

British Showcase Anthology #2

Next month sees the launch of the British Showcase Anthology Volume 2 and it gives me great pleasure to announce that one of my stories was selected to be showcased in its hallowed pages. The anthology itself will be published by one of the UKs biggest comics Publishers, Markosia and has been once again edited by the unstoppable Adam Cheal.

‘Blast Into The Past’ has been wonderfully illustrated by my oft artist-partner-in-crime and fellow Boltonian, Trystan Mitchell.


More info to follow as the launch approaches, but for now, here’s the rear cover with list of contributers:


18 September 2016

COLT-45 Anniversary

It's hard to believe it was fully a year ago, that COLT-45 was first published on Kindle format.



As a part of this anniversary celebration, COLT-45 will be FREE for the next couple of days!

Click on the picture above and enjoy!


11 September 2016

100% Bio #13 Review

It's a great feeling when one of your stories gets a nice review, especially when it's a part of such great company as within 100% Biodegradable #13.

A Place To Hang Your Cape is a superb comic resource website, with a vast array of articles and reviews all put together by by a dedicated team of writers. The quote they've given to 'Atomic Control' I think sums the story up perfectly:-

"Chris Redfern's narrative dovetails perfectly with Edward Whatley's art in what can best be described as an old-school meets new-school mash up."

Edward Whatley's artwork is as stunning as ever and deserved of the praise given:

"Whatley’s traditional drawing technique is supercharged by modern methods of digital colouring and image manipulation..."

You can read the rest of our review and for the other stories here.

(and thanks to 100% Editor Dave Hailwood for letting us be a part of this issue!)