Independent Novels and Writing

" Why do writers write? Because it isn't there."- Thomas Berger

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Stuart Carruthers, having escaped British winters, now lives, breathes and works in Taiwan with his wife and 2 kids.

As well as writing novels and childrens books he's also a full time Marketing Writer.

His novels are set in Asia and his kids books are set in the imagination. So join Stuart and his characters as they explore hidden depths.

To read more about him sign up to his Facebook and LinkedIn pages using the links above.

*Note - This is not me


There are now 2 Harry Patterson adventures. Samples from "As the Crow Dies" and "Monied Waters" can be read on the Writing Samples page and bought from here.



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"Perhaps most interestingly for a first novel, the characters aren't the usual stereotypical clichés - the protagonist has neither a smart-alec response to everything, nor is he a thinly veiled Bond pastiche. He's not even always likeable - and that in itself is a rare, and difficult thing to pull off. And it's not just the main characters who're entertaining - Mark the monk shines as a character I'd have enjoyed more interaction with in the story - although I grant that asking for much interaction with a silent monk is asking quite a bit." Dave Cridland

"A fast-paced intelligent story that draws the reader into the mysterious world of business in China and introduces a likeable, cynical and witty "hero': journalist Harry Patterson. As The Crow Dies makes Stuart Carruthers an author to watch!" Meley

"The novel takes you on a fast-paced journey through Hong Kong and China in the footsteps of a journalist that is about to bite over more than he can chew. I thought it was an enjoyable read, although I think the conspiracy theory that the novel touches on could be made into a bigger story than it is in this novel." John Lysfjord


Clayton Bye: Independent Author

Category: Multiple

Info: Clayton is a writer, editor and publisher. The author of 9 books and a varied collection of short stories, poems, articles and hundreds of reviews, he is in the process of releasing his second anthology of short stories by talented authors from around the world.

Linda Hales: Independent Author

Category: Childrens Books

Info: Linda Hales is a writer, committed to publishing storybooks with a moral for children up to the age of 7. She currently has two books on her roster, one for each of two new series, 'Sunshine' and 'Andy-Roo'. In 2013, Linda plans to release two more titles and a coordinated series of matching coloring books.

Delinda L. McCann: Author

Category: Social Issues, Romance

Info: Delinda is a social psychologist and author. Her first career focussed on special needs populations. She is now using her many years of experience to write novels touching on the human condition. While writing about tough subjects Delinda sees the humor in life and tries to give her stories an element of light. Currently she has three books available "Lies That Bind", "M'TK Sewer Rat: End of an Empire" and "M'TK Sewer Rat: Birth of a Nation." Her novel "Something About Maudy" is due out in the spring of 2013 with "Taking Gramma Home" to follow in the early summer.

Micki Peluso: Writer, journalist and author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang


Categories: Non-fiction, poetry, journalism, multi-genre short fiction and non-fiction, biography and memoir

Info Micki Peluso began writing as a catharsis for grief over the loss of her teenage daughter to a DWI vehicular homicide. This led to a career as a journalist--staff writer at one award-winning newspaper and slice of life humorist at her daily newspaper. She has published short stories and articles, and won contests and awards in various print magazines, newspapers and e-zines.She reviews books for two noted book review on-line sites and freelances book reviews. Micki is currently compiling a collection of her work in a book called "Heartbeats . . .Slices of Life", to be released in late 2013.

Trish Jackson: Author of extraordinary romantic suspense and romantic comedy. Spicy, suspenseful and sometimes politically incorrect.




Dan O'Brien: Novelist. Editor. Consultant.


Categories: Science Fiction. Fantasy. Horror. Non-fiction.

Info: A psychologist, author, philosopher, freelance editor, and skeptic, Dan O’Brien has published several novels and currently has many in print, including: The End of the World Playlist, Bitten, The Journey, The Ocean and the Hourglass, The Portent, The Path of the Fallen, Book of Seth, and Cerulean Dreams. Follow him on Twitter (@AuthorDanOBrien) or visit his blog at He also works as an editor at Empirical, a national magazine with a strong West Coast vibe. Find out more about the magazine at

Cherrye S. Vasquez, Ph.D.: Writer and author of No Tildes on Tuesday


Categories: Fiction, Juvenile Fiction, People & Places, Multicultural

Info: Cherrye S. Vasquez is a public school administrator and an adjunct professor. She specializes in Multi-cultural education and holds certifications in Early Childhood Handicapped, Mid-Management and Educational Diagnostician. She loves children and believes that they should love self-first, and affirm their belief in who they are and what they aspire to become in life. Cherrye’s platform topics center on diversity and bullying issues, and topics of relevance which draws effective discourse and dialogue around her platform. She has published e-zines, two journal books titled: Diversity Daybook: Journal, and Affirmation Daybook: Journal. Cherrye also worked alongside her daughter Kelly, as they created a little girl’s diary titled, Guess What? Dear Diary, Cherrye is the author and her daughter is the illustrator. Cherrye's second children’s chapter book, Dedicated Identity, will be released summer 2013.

Marta Merajver-Kurlat: Writer and translator

Website: http//

Categories: Novelist, essayist, biographer, self-help.

Info: An Argentinean Literature teacher and psychoanalyst, Marta Merajver-Kurlat has published fiction in Spanish, been translated into English and Korean, and written most of her non-fiction in English. She is currently working on a novel in English under the provisional title of The Men in My Life, to be released soon by Jorge Pinto Books Inc., New York, NY, and starting a project that reflects her studies of Greek myth. You can check her website to find out about her community and read excellent guest posts, and find her published works on

Sharla Shults: Author


Categories: Poetry

Info: Sharla Shults is a writer of inspirational and historical poetry with three published books to her credit. Two books, Echoes and Rememberings have been published under the category of inspirational poetry. Her third and most recent, Awakenings from Then 'til Now, is historical poetry focusing on America.

R.L. Cherry: Novelist, columnist, raconteur


Categories: Mystery, Suspense, Historical fiction

Info: R.L. Cherry has been writing an oft-humorous column on hot rods and classic cars for The Union newspaper of Grass Valley, CA for over seven years. His first book, Christmas Cracker, was published in July of 2012. It is a murder mystery, set in England, with a wise-cracking female detective from Southern California solving the case. His suspense novel, Foul Shot, about a Chicago Police detective who becomes involved with a wild, troubled woman who changes his life, is to be released early in 2013. Three Legs of the Cauldron, a sago set in early medieval Scotland, is undergoing editing and scheduled for later in 2013.

Bryan Murphy


Categories: Speculative fiction, short stories, poetry, plays, essays

Info: Man of ideas.