My New Entrant school report – 1975! – says I like to make up stories. No, not lies (I hope!) so I’ve been writing for a while.

Gay characters came along in the mid-Nineties when I was studying Classical Studies for my BA. I do still write female/male pairings but they’re pretty rare.

Many of my story ideas carry darker themes. However, I’m also a romantic so, nine times out of ten, there’s a happy ending. Just, sometimes, my guys have to fight for it.

Aside from love and romance, the settings/genres can be anything from historical to contemporary (teen, young adult, new adult, adult (you know, 30+)), and flowing through dark fantasy, supernatural, paranormal, horror/scary.

Predominantly, I’m a novelist but I do write short stories now and then. Sometimes they sprout wings and turn into novels, sometimes they stay as is. I have published one such short story and do want to publish more, or even a collection.

By the way, the image in this section is Lake Clearwater, in the south island of New Zealand. My family have had a hut there for many years. The lake is good for trout fishing, which is why we go. On this particular visit, no trout.

Feel free to contact me at jade@sjadecastleton.com if you want to talk about writing in general or any of my blogs or stories. If you’re on Twitter, I’m there too: @Osirantinous

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