Author Spotlight: Mel Skubich

Author Spotlight: Mel Skubich 



About Mel

Mel Skubich (* born 1973) cannot recall a time without books or imaginary friends. Even though she made some very dear real friends and is at least theoretically grown up, she still loves telling tales and getting to know the many characters that live inside her head. Her fascination with books lead her to studying librarianship in what later became her home town of choice for several years, Cologne. Her writing can best be described as Dark Queer Urban Fantasy. Some has touches of romance, others of steamy adult fun. A fascination with LGBT culture has influenced her work at least as much as her love of 80s pop music, everything Victorian, fairy tales, folklore and whatever may hide in the dark shadows under your bed. Currently she’s working on her first novel and shares a flat with her best mate and fellow author Stevie Conradi on the outskirts of Berlin.


Mel’s WIP’s and Publications

I have stories and essays in several anthologies, like ‘Cirque D’Obscure’ by Crushed Hearts and Broken Butterflies, ‘Your Early Stuff’ and ‘Other Voices’ by Diamant and a number of Rock and Roll Saved My Soul anthologies.

‘Murder, Mayhem and Magic: The Casebook of Alistair Gordon’ is my first book to be released on 1st September. It was a collaboration with Stevie Conradi and is a collection of Victorian Murder Mysteries with a twist. It’s our tribute to Sherlock Holmes and Jeremy Brett, who portrayed the detective in the Granada series in the 1980s and 90s. It’s not a Holmes pastiche, but our main character Alistair Gordon is a huge fan of everything Sherlock and Doyle. We are currently plotting an Alistair novel, which we hope to begin and finish this November during #nanowrimo. I don’t want to give too much away, it will include a vicious cult, vampires, mesmerism and more.
I’m also working on the final edits and rewrites of Shattered, the first of my Raoul Sinclair: Mirror Walker series. Raol is a pop star, who is desperate to make his comeback work, after his life spiraled down into a mess of depression, drug addiction and failure. He has no memory of his past prior to his 21st birthday. As the story unfolds, he has to piece together the puzzle of his past, battle an old foe, an abusive boyfriend and being in love with someone he thinks he cannot have. 
Last #nanowrimo I started a novel set in the Stone Age in a fantasy version of Great Britain, around the time Stonehenge was build. It’s about Rrak, high priest of the Raven Goddess and his struggles to fulfill the will of the Goddess, keep his tribe safe and find happiness, even though he knows the demands of the Goddess are getting more and more irrational.I hope to complete it next year.
Where you can find Mel

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