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About Christopher Fielden

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Chris's biography - find Chris on Amazon - find Chris on social media - publishing history

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Biography

Very Short Bio

I'm an award winning and Amazon best-selling author. I now run this website full time. My long-term aim is to grow the site into a writing community that people can be proud to be a part of.

Longer Bio

I was born in the 1970's, which is too long ago for my liking.

Christopher Fielden

Photo by Jean-Marc, taken at the Bath Fringe Festival

Music

When I left school I played in a rock band called Airbus for 15 years. We toured and played gigs all over the world, most notably Glastonbury Music Festival in 1999.

Christopher Fielden, short stories, writing advice

Photo by Simon Hedges, taken on tour in Germany

The band's most notable recording was the Portishead B-Side of Sourtimes, from their album Dummy. We were based in California for a couple of years (2000 to 2002) and were fortunate enough to record with record producer Richard Dashut, who produced Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album. You can learn a lot more about Airbus and my other music projects in the music section of the website.

Airbus Band Logo

Airbus band logo by Marc Bessant

Van Man Removal Business

As I was a drummer, I owned a van - it's part of the job description. When the band stopped being a full time concern, I started my own removal business, trading as 'Van Man! – Driving Superhero' (the joy of being self-employed is that you’re allowed to think up your own job title).

Van Man Driving Superhero Logo

Van Man business logo

I ran the business for 7 years in Bristol. During this time I worked for Beast Clothing and was used as one of their t-shirt models (I use the term 'model' loosely...). You can learn about that here.

Why I Started Writing

One summer, I was hired to move a bee hive. I’d assumed the hive would be empty. I was wrong – the hive contained 5,000 tenants. Having been given a bee keeping suit, I was asked to drive them to Devon. For some reason which eludes me now, I accepted. The bees were fork-lifted onto the van and gassed. This was supposed to calm them, making them drowsy. Unfortunately, it just seemed to infuriate them.

It transpired that bees which have been shoved into the back of a Ford Transit and poisoned don’t like to travel. I was distracted and became lost. Whilst trying to read a map amidst a swarm of buzzing death, I decided a change of vocation was paramount.

Chris Fielden, how to write short stories, writing tips

Photo by Marc Bessant, taken at the Fleece & Firkin in Bristol

I undertook a correspondence writing course. As part of the course I started writing newspaper articles. Some of them were published. I wrote some blog posts. Some of those were published too.

Digital Marketing

As my writing developed, I got a job working in digital marketing and closed my removal business. The decision I'd made in the swarm of bees had become a reality.

I quickly progressed in the industry and within a few years became Operations Director at Fat Media, an award winning digital agency. My job was to make shit happen. I worked in digital marketing for 6 years.

I used to have to pretend to be sensible. I sometimes wore a suit.

Chris Fielden Strategy Digital

Me, looking uncomfortable in smart clothing

Despite enjoying my job, after much deliberation I decided to pursue my passion - writing. I left my day job in February 2016 and now write and run my website full-time.

OK, back to writing - rewind back a few years...

Writing Fiction

As part of the correspondence writing course, I'd also written a synopsis for a novel. My tutor was very positive about it, so once the course was completed I decided to write the book. It's called Wicked Game and was published in 2010.

Wicked Game

Wicked Game book cover by Christopher Fielden

70,000 word novels aren't easy to complete. Around work and gigging and life in general, the book took me 3 years to write, edit, get critiqued, rewrite and publish.

3,000 word short stories are much easier to finish. They're also much more likely to be published as there are so many opportunities out there for short fiction. So, to avoid a mental breakdown, I decided to concentrate on shorter tales.

www.christopherfielden.com

While developing my short story writing style, I started developing this website. I launched it in October 2011.

Christopher Fielden Logo

Christopher Fielden website logo by Dave Fielden of Bluetree

Because no one knew about the website, no one looked at it. I decided I needed to develop some content that would attract an audience for the site.

To get my stories published, I had to do a lot of research to find short story competitions and magazines. I thought other writers might find the lists I'd compiled useful, so I shared them on my website as free writing resources. Because of this, lots of people started visiting my website, my stories got read and I started selling more books.

To see all the writing competition lists, visit the Writing Advice section of my website.

How to Write a Short Story

Because my website was enjoying a growing audience of writers, I decided to try and write a book they might like, find useful and be interested in buying.

I've been very fortunate and have had many of my stories published and/or performed on radio or at reading events (you can see where in my publishing history). Because of this, I wrote a book called How to Write a Short Story, Get Published & Make Money.

How to Write a Short Story

How to Write a Short Story book cover by Lukas Miguel

The book shares all my experiences and uses my published short stories as case-studies so writers can clearly see how I used all the advice and tips in the book in real life to get my stories published. I also share how much I have earned from writing stories, setting realistic expectations for other writers.

To Hull & Back

Because the site was attracting a lot of writers that were interested in short story competitions, I decided to start running one.

To Hull & Back short story anthology

To Hull & Back anthology 2015 book cover by Lukas Miguel

The annual To Hull & Back humorous short story competition has been running since 2014. It offers the most amazing literary prize in the known universe. I'm not biased at all. Honest. It really is amazing. Check the competition out here.

Plans for the Future

I hope I can develop my website and writing so I'm able to earn a reasonable living from it. That's the dream. I have a way to go, but things are moving in the right direction.

At present (this paragraph written November 2016) I need to invest another year or two into developing the website to increase the audience and revenue it generates. Eventually, I hope to be able to employ other people to help me run the site.

A Bit More About Me

I'm a self-professed Word Geek. Stories bubble in my brain constantly and sometimes they ooze out of me onto paper. On occasion, other people like to read them, which pleases me immensely. Sometimes I get paid when they're published. I'm trying to make that happen more often.

You can read some of my short stories for free in the short stories section of the website.

Christopher Fielden, Topher Icecry, drumming with Ye Gods, writer

Photo by Rob Rowles, taken at the Somerset Hall in Portishead

Pictures on this Page

Due to my addiction to playing rock music in various bands, there are rather a large number of photos of me playing drums on this page. They tend to make more interesting viewing than me holding a pen while trying to look thoughtful...

Christopher FIelden playing drums in AD/HD at the Reckless Engineer in Bristol Feb 2015

Photo by Nigel Adams, taken at the Reckless Engineer in Bristol

I've littered this page with pictures of my ugly mug for anyone who wants to stalk me.

Christopher Fielden

Photo by Rob Rowles, taken at my pad

Me, doing drum sound check at Toybox Studios, Bristol, for a Ye Gods! recording session

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My Amazon Profile

You can see my glorious Amazon UK profile here. And my equally glorious Amazon USA profile here. They contain details of all the books I've published.

Christopher Fielden

Photo taken at Talking Tales, a Stokes Croft Writers reading event

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Find Me On Social Media

Here are links to all my social media profiles:

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Publishing History

Here is a record of the various publications that have published my fiction and non-fiction work.

Fiction

  • 81 Words (website)
  • Boundless (printed magazine published by Arkbound)
  • Brighton Community Of Writers (website)
  • Brighton Community Radio (story read)
  • Chapter One Promotions (website)
  • Darker Times (printed anthology & website)
  • Dark Lane Books (printed anthology)
  • InkTears (printed author showcase & PDF download)
  • Katha Kshetre, Temple of Short Stories (email magazine)
  • Little House Creative Workshops (website)
  • MASH Stories (website)
  • Oval Magazine (printed magazine)
  • Penny Shorts (online downloads)
  • Talent River (website)
  • The Edge of Expression (website)
  • The New Writer (printed magazine)
  • To Hull & Back Short Story Anthology (printed anthology)
  • Word Hut (website)
  • World City Stories (website)
  • Writers’ Forum (printed magazine)
  • Writers’ Village (website)
  • Writing Short Fiction (website)

Non-Fiction

  • BBC Radio Bristol (interview)
  • BBC Radio Gloucestershire (interview)
  • Bristol Evening Post (newspaper)
  • Cathleen Townsend (blog)
  • Christopher Fielden (blog)
  • Fat Media (blog)
  • Kindlepreneur (blog)
  • MASH Stories (blog)
  • Matthew Woodward (blog)
  • Mature Times (blog and print magazine)
  • Moz (blog)
  • National Federation of Occupational Pensioners Magazine (online magazine)
  • Over The Red Line (blog)
  • South Avon Mercury (newspaper)
  • Stokes Croft Writers (blog)
  • The Short Story (blog)
  • The Short Story Writer (online magazine)
  • Voice of Russia (radio, on a panel show about plagiarism)
  • Writers’ Forum (printed magazine)
  • Writers’ Village (blog)
  • Writing Short Fiction (website)

You can find links to a lot of the blog posts I've written for other websites on my portfolio page.

Books

  • Adverbially Challenged Volume 1 (2016)
  • Darker Times Anthology (2013)
  • Dark Lane Anthology Volume 4 (2016)
  • Dark Lane Anthology Volume 5 (coming later in 2017)
  • How to Self-Publish a Book on CreateSpace & Amazon (2016)
  • How to Write a Short Story, Get Published & Make Money (2015)
  • InkTears Showcase (coming in 2017)
  • To Hull & Back Short Story Anthology 2016 (2016)
  • To Hull & Back Short Story Anthology 2015 (2015)
  • To Hull & Back Short Story Anthology 2014 (2014)
  • Wicked Game (2010)

You can find more information about the books I've written in the books section of my website.

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Stokes Croft Writers

Stokes Croft Writers Logo

I'm the member of a fabulous writing group called Stokes Croft Writers. We're based in Bristol in the UK and our meetings are often held in cafes just off of Stokes Croft, a road known for its graffiti and artistry in the heart of the city. Hence the name of the group.

Stokes Croft Writers

From left to right, Chris Fielden, Christie Cluett, Tom Parker, Mel Ciavucco, Nick Edwards, Steph Minns, Andy Melhuish and Leah Eades

We run a regular short story reading event in Bristol called Talking Tales. You can find out more and listen to all the podcasts from our previous events by visiting my page about Stokes Croft Writers & Talking Tales.

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Events & Story Readings

Here are a list of reading events that I can be found at. Sometimes I speak. Sometimes I read stories. Sometimes I'm just there to drink beer. I like a chat. Feel free to come and speak to me.

If you would like me to do a presentation on short story writing for your event, writing group or literary festival, please see my author talks and presentations page.

Here is a review of my most recent talk, kindly supplied by Rushmoor Writers:

"Massive thank you to author Christopher Fielden for coming to speak to Rushmoor Writers this evening. He gave an insightful, engaging and useful presentation about writing and selling short stories. Bloody nice chap too :-)" Christopher Berry, Club Chairman

Calendar of Events

Left Bank, Bristol - Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales - 22nd April 2017

Stokes Croft Writers 'Talking Tales' Logo

Talk for Croydon Writers - Monday 10th April 2017

Burdall’s Yard, Bath - SCW present Talking Tales @ The Bath Fringe Festival - 2nd June 2017

2 x Cliché Workshop, Bath Flash Fiction Festival - Sat 24th & Sun 25th June 2017

Author Presentation at St Marys CEVA Primary School, Portbury - Monday 27th March 2017

Left Bank, Bristol - Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales - Saturday 18th February 2017

Left Bank, Bristol - Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales & the 2016 To Hull & Back short story anthology book launch - Saturday 10th December 2016

To Hull & Back - authors at the book launch party

Trade Secrets Short Story Writing Workshop at Chip Lit Fest - Tuesday 29th November 2016

Christopher Fielden at ChipLitFest

Left Bank, Bristol - Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales as part of the Bristol Festival of Literature - Saturday 22nd October 2016

Christopher Fielden

No. 51, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QP - The Flash Slam @ the Bristol Festival of Literature - Friday 21st October 2016

Stokes Croft Writers at BFL Flash Slam

We only bloody won it...!

Talk for Rushmoor Writers @ Farnborough Community Centre - Weds 12th October 2016

Christopher Fielden and Rushmoor Writers

Me and the members of Rushmoor Writers

Left Bank, Bristol - Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales - Saturday 13th August 2016

John Holland, Chris Fielden & Christie Cluett

John, me and Christie being rude after too much beer

Arkbound 'Boundless Magazine' launch, Bristol - Friday 10th June 2016

Burdall’s Yard, Bath - SCW present Talking Tales @ The Bath Fringe Festival - 5th June 2016

Stokes Croft Writers @ Bath Fringe Festival

Left Bank, Bristol - Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales - Saturday 16th April 2016

Stokes Croft Writers Talking Tales

Left Bank, Bristol - Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales - Saturday 20th February 2016

Christopher Fielden

Left Bank, Bristol - Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales - Monday 14th December 2015

Chris Fielden & Christie Cluett at Talking Tales

Café Kino, Bristol - To Hull & Back Anthology Launch - Friday 27th November 2015

To Hull & Back short story competition anthology launch

Left Bank, Bristol - Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales (The Speakeasy) as part of the Bristol Festival of Literature - Saturday 24th October 2015

Christopher Fielden

Bristol Fest of Literature Flash Slam, The Crofter's Rights, Bristol - Friday 23rd October 2015

Bristol Festival of Literature Flash Slam

Bristol Book Bazaar Day 2, The Green Lab, Bristol - Sunday 18th October 2015

Bristol Book Bazaar Day 1, The Green Lab, Bristol - Saturday 17th October 2015

How To Write A Short Story at Bristol Festival of Literature Book Bazaar

Left Bank, Bristol - Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales - 17th August 2015

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Left Bank, Bristol - Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales - Monday 15th June 2015

Talking Tales Flyer - Stokes Croft Writers

Left Bank, Bristol - Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales - Monday 13th April 2015

Christopher Fielden & Mel Ciavucco reading at Stokes Croft Writers Talking Tales

Reading 'Zombies on a Boat' with Mel Ciavucco at the inaugural Talking Tales

Small Bar, Bristol - Small Stories reading - Monday 2nd February 2015

Small Stories Flyer - Small Bar Bristol - 2nd February 2015

Foyles, Bristol - To Hull & Back Anthology Launch - Friday 28th November 2014

To Hull & Back Book Launch Foyles Bristol Christopher Fielden

Christopher Fielden the Wine Writer

I have recently become aware of an author that shares my name who writes books about wine. I am NOT that Christopher Fielden. If you are looking for books by Christopher Fielden the wine author, you can find them on Amazon.

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Sheena
Hi, just read your story, 'The Cat, The Bull & The Madman'. Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed it, I needed to share that I have been left mildly concerned about my own psyche. Why? Well, probably because the part I found most disturbing was the bit about the cat putting his paw, and subsequently his claw into the guys mouth...ewwwwwww. Anyway, thanks for brightening up my morning & helping my procrastinations. Sheena

Chris Fielden

Thanks Sheena - even more disturbingly, the cat's paw part of that story is based on real life experience. I was house sitting in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, and one of the cats I was looking after used to stick it's paw in my mouth to wake me up when it was hungry. It didn't talk though... :-) Sorry if that information has grossed you out even further!

Al C
Re: stalking. Be careful what you wish for! Thanks for all the advice, though - good website!

Chris Fielden
LOL - thanks Al :-)

Philip S
Dear Christopher. A good Website. I like your sense of humour and story about the bees. If you think your mum is the only one to look at your website it must be safe!! Um, must admit I do enjoy a glass of wine and my eyes did look at the wrong name first. Interesting about Stokes Croft, as I was born and raised in Bristol from zero to twenty five. I'm afraid I am just a poor old retired geezer now. I don't use on-line for writing, but noticed a writing competition for postal submissions. I'll mention the source if I enter.

Chris Fielden
Thanks Philip, much appreciated :-)

Peter K
For starters you are wearing my Batman t-shirt and you ride on my favourite HOG. If you were the right sex I'd obviously marry you but you aren't so I'll just weep into my beer and enter your Hull and back competition.

Chris Fielden
Excellent! I'll look forward to reading your story :)

Les C
What stops other people nicking my stories if I submit them for publishing.

I'm new to the game, never had anything published before.

Also, your website in amazingly helpful - is there a charge for using all its facilities?

Chris Fielden
Les, it's highly unlikely anyone will nick your stories - as long as they are your original work, you are the recognised copyright owner. I've been submitting stories for years and never encountered a problem. If it was a problem, I guess no one would ever submit anything anywhere!

The information on my site is provided for free - I'm glad you find it useful :-)

Joseph K
Your journey from school to writer is impressive.

Keep up the creative spirit.

God is alive because he is writing his short stories on the wall of his creation.

We can copy, imitate, edit and recreate.

And we live.

Chris Fielden
Thanks JK :-)

Jerry W
Hi, Chris. A drummer? A drummer? This helps explain the appeal of your website. In spite of their stepping on my best guitar and vocal solos, getting all the chicks, and causing me permanent hearing damage, some of my favourite people, aside from real musicians, are drummers. Rock on. Thanks for your site; encouraging and educating.

Chris Fielden
Jerry, we drummers do have a habit of damaging ears (our own included) stealing women (well, attempting to) and destroying instruments that are not designed to be struck with lumps of wood. But we don't do it maliciously; it's the love of rock and roll that leads us to undertake these acts.

Glad to hear you like the site :-)