Through my own writing and ghost writing, I came to the conclusion that writing for young adults is where my heart lies. Some of my "adult" work is suitable for young adults to read and I've included them below, and checking out a free story from the Screaming Dream magazines is a good place to start.
Why write young adult? Because the teenage years are a time when you are breaking away from the traditions and rules of childhood; you are making your own rules, having your own ideas and creating your own values. Anything and everything is possible, but at the same time the darkness of the world is just starting to show around the edges...
Maude has been the prisoner of a band of robbers since the spring. Now that winter has the land in its grip, her plight is looking even more desperate. As the dark nights draw in, so does her fate. For Grinning Jacob, the king of the robbers, is working on crafting a marriage bed and when it's finished, it will be Maude's bed.
But despite the daily horrors she faces, there are creatures in the surrounding forest that are even more dangerous than her captors. If Maude can find the courage to face them, she might escape yet, or she might find herself at the mercy of an ancient being both terrifying and insatiably hungry.
Nan's baby brother, Unwin, was a changeling, or so her mother tells her. There's no way to be sure now since the fairies have taken him and not left the real Unwin in its place.
Yet while Nan and the rest of her family are content to have the insufferable child out of their lives, her little brother, Thom, can't abandon his baby brother to such an unknown fate.
When Thom sets out to rescue Unwin, Nan is forced to go with him or else risk losing two brothers. They travel into the woods where wonders and dangers beyond their wildest dreams and darkest nightmares await. They must use their wits and courage to survive in the strange and brutal land they now find themselves in. Because the fairies have come out to play, and they're very, very hungry.
These stories for the adult market would also probably appeal to young adult readers too.
A tale of one woman's struggle to keep her family together in the aftermath of Armageddon. Demons roam the world, their hellish souls taking possession of anything electronic from androids to Dirkby Dingo's Synthetic Pets. Nearly every home in the world had a Dingo pet; now nearly every home in the world has a demon living in it. But Mary and her family find that their demon, Sparky, has his own creative ideas on how they can all pull together and survive what has literally become hell on earth.
This short story came third in the British Fantasy Awards Short Story Competition 2009. It was then independently published in Dark Horizons in 2010.
jus primae noctis - the ancient rite of a lord to take to bed the bride of his vassals on her wedding day. But an unnamed girl in a faraway kingdom has other ideas when her less-than-human lord tries to claim his dues.
As the daughter of the Ambassador of Europa, Alana is one of the most famous young girls on the planet - and one of the most protected. It is with surprise that she wakes up one night to find Demetrius in her room, a man she has never seen before and one who will change the course of her life forever.
This futuristic tale is available as a free download in the Estronomicon Christmas Special 2008.
It's Halloween and Conor is less than pleased to be out trick or treating. Kids at school have been missing then turned up changed, appearing vacant. Despite what his older sister Libby says, Conor is certain that something is wrong. And his doubts seem correct when he sees that something is stalking them in the darkness.
This seasonal short story can be downloaded for free in the Estronomicon Halloween Special 2008.
Headmaster Kevin Potts has no taste for children, festivities or the spirit of Christmas. But the Santa Claus that they've hired for the school has a gleam in his eye that makes Kevin Potts uncomfortable, and a way with pain that leaves Kevin screaming. All Kevin has to do is get someone to wish him a Merry Christmas before midnight, and he'll avoid the fate in store for him. But can the most hated man in the school find anyone who will share some festive cheer with him in time?
This fearful, festive and fun short story can be downloaded for free in the Estronomicon Christmas Edition 2007.
Sally's idea is to take her children away for Christmas, somewhere that her ex-husband can't contact them. The Scottish cottage on the edge of the woods looks ideal, and the villagers seem eager to invite her and her family into their community. Only the Gathering on the winter solstice isn't just quaint tradition; it's the only way to avoid becoming prey to The Wild Hunt.
This is one of my favourite stories and was included in the 2009 Spinetinglers anthology which is available to buy from Amazon. You can read the full story under their Christmas 2006 section but you must be a user of the site to access it.
Praise for "The Wild Hunt" (as part of the Spinetinglers anthology)
"The best for me, "The Wild Hunt," where the veil between the living and dead is ripped open on the winter solstice." Ginahmk on Amazon.com reviews.
"Though I wasn't a fan of every story here (my own highlights [including] Charlotte Bond's `The Wild Hunt' ... ), they are diverse enough to appeal to individual tastes. - Peter Wolf on Amazon.com reviews.
Sir Richard Beaufort is a disgraced knight who wants nothing more than to find solace at the bottom of a tankard of ale. He doesn't care for the stranger who sits down opposite him, and he likes him even less when he discovers that he is unexpectedly in debt to him. But Guy Trevellyan has plans, and Richard Beaufort is a deliberate part of them. Together they might just succeed at a quest that is almost impossible.
My first published short story is part of Earlyworks Press' anthology "The Sleepless Sands, available to buy here.
Copyright 2015-2016 Charlotte Bond
"Northern Lights over Low Row" Copyright Sandra Cockayne