Sup? My name is Christian Saunders, I come from New Tredegar, an old mining village in Wales. I write both fiction and non-fiction, to distinguish between the two forms I write fiction as C.M. Saunders. I began writing in 1997, my early fiction appearing in several anthologies and small-press luminaries like Roadworks, Raw Nerve and the Asphalt Jungle. My first book, Into the Dragon’s Lair – A Supernatural History of Wales was published in 2003. I worked in a factory at the time, but soon left with the help of a scholarship from the Welsh Arts Council and ran off to Southampton to study journalism at university. Then, the factory where I used to work blew up and everyone got compensation except me. How’s your luck, eh?
After graduating with a BA in journalism, I moved away from fiction for a while and worked extensively in the freelance market, contributing to numerous international publications including Fortean Times, Chat, Its Fate! Bizarre, Urban Ink, Enigma, Record Collector, Nuts, Maxim, and a regular column to the Western Mail newspaper. Then I got bored and moved to China for six years to teach English. I still wrote the occasional article, usually about music, travel, or the paranormal, and regular reviews for several outlets including Morpheus Tales (UK) and Hellnotes. Finding myself with more time on my hands and less distractions, apart from the snakes and bugs, I returned to the dark fiction fold and had stories published in Screams of Terror, Shallow Graves, Dark Valentine, Fantastic Horror, Unbroken Waters, Siren’s Call, and several anthologies, the latest of which being Torn realities on Post Mortem Press and Fading Light on Angelic Knight Press. My novellas Dead of Night and Apartment 14F: An Oriental Ghost Story, are available on Damnation Books while Devil’s Island is out on Rainstorm Press.
In January 2013 I came back to the UK to write for Nuts magazine and later that year my book, From the Ashes: The Real Story of Cardiff City FC, the result of ten year’s work, was published by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch. These days I scrape a living writing for Bikes, Etc, Forever Sports, and a few other sport and men’s lifestyle magazines. I also do some copywriting and media consultancy work when the opportunities arise. It isn’t easy. Whoever said being a professional writer is glamorous is full of shit. But I make it work.
February 2014 saw the start of a new chapter in my writing career when I decided to ‘go indie’ and released X: A Collection of Horror, the first in a planned series of compilations gathering together some previously-published fiction. A novella called Out of Time followed that September, and in February 2015 I released X2. A year later I released my first full-length novel, Sker House, which is a fictionalised tale set in a real location and incorporating some less attractive aspects of Welsh history. We all have them. My latest release, No Man’s Land: Horror in the Trenches came out on July 1st 2016, marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme.
All I ever wanted to do was write. It’s the only thing I was ever fucking good at. Like I said, it isn’t always easy but every day I thank my lucky stars that I am in a position to live the dream. My fiction is represented by Media Bitch Literary Agency.
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