C H Widestroke

C H Widestroke

I am 42 years old and originally come from Lanarkshire. I now live in South Gloucestershire with my wife, son and daughter. We share our space with several amphibians. After much negotiation they took the pond and we got the house.

I write because otherwise I struggle to think.

My main focus is fiction, short and long. The word-cake I gravitate to is young adult fiction, with some fantasy fruit and nuts added into the bake. I also enjoy writing short fiction for adults.

I have a blog for my flash fiction, clipflow.wordpress.com, which I haven't updated in ages. Tut.


C H Widestroke in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

1984 walls, siblings and (eventually) paper

What do you love about short stories?

Like getting dressed in the morning, you have to make choices

Do you write in other forms?

Long stories

What distracts you from writing?

Employment. Unarmed combat.

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

Martial arts. Hiiii--yaaaah.

What is your favourite book?

Moby Dick

Who are your favourite writers?

Thomas Hardy, Phillip K Dick and Chris Priestley

Where is your dream location?

I dream best in an octagonal tower, atop a snow-capped mountain

What one item would you put into Room 101?


Do you have any advice for new writers?

Use lined paper

Work by C H Widestroke:

Sadie and the Lost Treasure
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Sadie is on holiday on the Island of Oriskay with her grandparents. She desperately wants adventure. When she meets a boy called Dorset, together they stumble upon a secret message in an ancient burial chamber. Then, adventure comes Sadie's way. The burial chamber leads to runes and the runes lead to bad guys and the bad guys lead to...well, you can read it to find out if you like. Sadie and the Lost Treasure was inspired by the landscape and heritage of the Orkney Isles, off the north coast of Scotland. The story is intended for readers aged 9-12 but readers older than that may like it too.
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Will felt like he was getting closer to understanding what they meant, in a way. He would sit on the grass and look up, watching, listening and letting their truth come to him. If he forced it too much, it would not be the truth. That mattered.
From a Mouse
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If there is ever an anthology called, "Forgotten Animal Voices Through History" then this story will narrowly miss the cut. Robert Burns gave an empathic, if presumptuous, perspective; time to hear from the mouse himself.
Friday Night, Club West
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Ditch is a soldier-turned-club owner. His spoken word venue is the place to go in F23. The law don't like it. Ditch doesn't care. Spoken word will prevail.

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