C L Norton lives on the South Coast of England. She loves to be beside the seaside and adores the smell of the sea.
She has successfully published a number of horror short stories, as well as contemporary fiction both independently and through traditional means.
In 2010, she was short listed for the London Short Fiction Award, and received a special mention from the judges at the presentation evening.
Since then, her career has gone from strength to strength, she now writes full time, and tours the UK and abroad doing book signings and events.
She also works in collaboration with Jumper In Row D writing scripts for short indie horror films.
She shares her home with her long-suffering husband and their, terrible twosome felines, Zorro and Tinker Stinker.
She likes all things girly, fluffy and pink, which is why she says on the flip-side her mind is so dark and twisted.
C.L. Norton is not a people person; more a people watcher, and her main aim in life is to use her writing and observational skills, to make people uncomfortable through her horror fiction.
She signed for KGHH Publishing in the summer of 2017 and we are sure her horror writing will gain her many scared readers.
KG: What or who inspired you to be a writer?
C.L. Norton: I have always told stories, ever since I was small. My Mum used to say, I am as honest as the day is long, as long as you sift through the story. I would like to mention Dr Geoff Ridden however, who convinced me to take my MA in Creative and Critical Writing because he thought it would do me good. He was right.
KG: What gave you the idea of your latest book?
C.L. Norton: I live near a traditional British fun fair, and it has always creeped me out. One night, I was in the area and I asked if they would let me explore the grounds for inspiration. It was off season, cold and blowing a gale, but they gave me a guided tour anyway and it went from there.
KG: Who is your favourite writer and why?
C.L. Norton: Oh wow. Erm… Can I give you a list? There are so, so many. I like classic writers such as Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker, I adore Stephen King, and also John Adjvide Lindqvist. Outside of horror, I read anything Margaret Atwood writes, and Joseph Heller has always been up there with pride of place. The list goes on forever.
KG: What's your favourite book?
C.L. Norton: Hmmmm….. Well, there is Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. I bloody love that book. However, I also adore Catch 22 by Joseph Heller and The Dead Zone by Stephen King. In a fandom way, it’s always Harry Potter and The Dark Tower. I kind of geek out about those two.
KG: Do you read a lot? If so what are you reading right now?
C.L. Norton: I read a massive amount. I never go anywhere without a book. At the moment, I am re-reading Frankenstein for a project.
KG: What writing projects are you working on?
C.L. Norton: I am currently doing a bit of an overhaul on Season’s End, but that is almost complete, so, I am developing some ideas regarding a woman. Yup, that’s all I am giving you right now. Except, that she is sitting in a bookshop. It’s dusty and cramped. That’s all I can say. Sorry.
KG: What do you like most about writing?
C.L. Norton: I like the readers. That’s what I like about writing. Readers let me interact with people from afar and I love that. Readers are my friends and they make me happy.
KG: Where do you see yourself and your writing in five years’ time?
C.L. Norton: I see myself working on yet another novel, maybe living somewhere more out of the way than I do already, surrounded by my cats. I might even let the mister come too.
KG: What one writing tip would you share?
C.L. Norton: Get to know your characters before you start. It’s all well and good having your story plotted out, but if you don’t have a well-rounded character with flaws and all, then your plot will fall flat.
KG: What would you say to educate and inspire young writers?
C.L. Norton: Just write the freaking story the way you want to, don’t hold back. Go wild!
© KGHH Publishing 2017
1. I am addicted to coffee. Black, no sugar, thanks.
2. I love Instagram - @mutleyclaire
3. I met my husband through online dating and am proud
4. I adopt rescue cats with behavioural difficulties, so am usually covered in scratches
5. I love the early hours of the morning when everyone else is asleep and I get my best writing done then
6. I volunteer with a number of charities, but particularly my local Community Association
7. I perform comedy poetry at local gigs and open mic nights just for fun
Fantastic new horror novel by C.L. Norton coming soon from KGHH Publishing. All the fun of the fair where life might be a rollercoaster but death might not be far behind.
“Roll up, roll up, for all the fun of the fair!”
In this tense tale of terror and torment, a rollercoaster looms, casting a shadow of fear over a sleepy seaside town.
Ex-convict Scott had been left the fair by an Uncle he’d never even met. A golden windfall he’d thought at the time, but he’d worked for years with scant reward. Part of him said to pack it in; take a swan dive off the top of the rollercoaster. The other half was determined to keep the fairground running, ignore the rumours and superstitions spread by the ever-changing staff. Things were tough at the fairground, but the rollercoaster ride had gotten a dam sight harder the more the darkness began taking control.
Kids start disappearing, and the fair is at the centre of it all. Can Scott open his mind enough to save the last of the teens who call the town home - the boy who breaks through his tough shell to make a powerful connection?
In a tale of secrets, lies and demon spirits, Scott looks for the truth, finding answers that are too incredible to believe.
This debut horror novel by C.L. Norton for KGHH Publishing, is a rollercoaster ride of thrills, chills and screams.