Merita King has loved the science fiction and fantasy genre in both books and movies since she was a young child. She has been greatly inspired by years of watching movies and reading books and has wanted to make a contribution to this genre for many years. Her stories all contain a strong spiritual thread as she believes that spirituality is universal and crosses all boundaries. She believes that the creative process is largely intuitive and can be very effectively blocked by too much pre-planning. “Plot lines, characters and events all come to me intuitively,” she says, “and this makes the act of writing a constant pleasure.” She lives alone in Hampshire, UK.
“Ever seen that movie, Secret Window with Johnny Depp? If ever you want to know what I’m like when I’m writing, think of that movie. That’s me, right down to the tattered bathrobe, unkempt hair and home like a hurricane victim. Everything stops when I’m writing/editing/formatting, I give it my whole attention. I would love to be one of those tidy writers, but I can’t, I’m an all or nothing gal.”
“Science fiction has been a passion for me since I was a kid, largely motivated by my mother’s love of the genre. Having grown up on a diet of Star Trek and Blake’s 7, further fuelled by my parents’ addiction to the physics of outer space, it was a foregone conclusion that I would grow up to be a sci fi nut. You are far more likely to find me watching a programme about how black holes work, than reality tv.”
“My dreams are big, and I believe that everyone should aim impossibly high. Although you might not quite reach the stars, if you just aim for the ground, you’ll only ever hit the ground. I believe in destiny and pre-destination, reincarnation and alternate dimensions, human life being the result of alien experimentation, and bacon as a remedy for all ills.”
“I love to laugh but a joke must be clever as well as funny to make my lips quiver. Billy Connolly and George Carlin are my comedic heroes; you can keep your custard pies and banana skins.”
“Writing has proved to be the making of me in many ways. It has forced me to upgrade my vocabulary and knowledge, and it allows my naturally observant nature to be of positive benefit. Finally, as the Autumn years of my life begin, I now have a way to get my voice heard and my inner self flying to the stars where she has always wanted to be. I invent worlds, terraform them to my own design, and populate them with people of my own imagining. I cannot change the world I live in, and I cannot leave it for somewhere more comfortable, so I invent my own and spend as much time in them as I can.”
“You are welcome to visit my universe. Take a chance and catch a flight today, you may just find you never want to return.”
Books by Merita King
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The Lilean Chronicles: Book One ~ Redemption
A single baby, born to save a world.
Two ancient prophecies, both foretelling the extinction of a race. Two sides racing to their appointment with destiny.
A leader of men, determined to outwit the foretelling of his doom, leads his people in a sickening massacre to secure the continuation of his race.
A single man, troubled with nightmares and voices in dreams, worries for his sanity as his life crumbles around him. Alone and friendless, Vincent escapes to isolated freedom, the loneliness forcing him to succumb to the terrifying nightmares and finally, to listen to the voices in the dreams.
Many worlds away across the aching void, Farra listens to the voices in her own dreams, and embarks upon a perilous journey to bring truth and justice to one troubled soul struggling to find a purpose.
The child that is now a man must face his nemesis and end the tide of evil that laid waste his world as he took his first breath.
The voices in the dreams lead them on a journey through space and time, from world to world in a desperate struggle for truth, justice, life.
For details of where to purchase Redemption – click here
The Lilean Chronicles: Book Two ~ The Sleeping
Have you ever been too afraid to go to sleep?
Vincent and Farra hadn’t either, but when the people of Lilea fall victim to a mysterious and frightening affliction, sleep becomes the gateway to a new and terrible danger.
With their spirit guides vanished, and unable to wake their friends and neighbours, they soon realise that a new evil is amongst them.
Trying desperately to stay awake, Vincent finds himself plunged into a nightmare battle to find the truth amidst the make believe.
Many days across the gulf of space, the Drycenians suddenly find themselves hosts uninvited guests, who beg them for help.
As they race to Lilea, knowing only that their dearest friends are in desperate peril, they must find a way to communicate with their new guests, and together, find a way to help them.
In order to save Lilea, Vincent must first be found and brought to safety. It is up to one man to venture into the darkness, putting his own soul at risk, and lead him back to safety.
Only once Vincent is found and safe, can everyone work to end this evil and save the people of Lilea from the terror of The Sleeping.
What new intrigue is at work on Lilea and how do these two alien friends solve this mystery, to save the people of Lilea?
For details of where to purchase The Sleeping – click here
The Lilean Chronicles: Book Three ~ Changing Faces
How can a man be in two places at once?
An evil, ancient as time itself is inadvertently set free and begins to feed, threatening the Drycenian home world and all of her people with extinction.
A crime of unimaginable horror promises to destroy a bond of friendship that once transcended the gulf between two alien races. An unspeakable murder with just one obvious suspect.
As Vincent faces execution, his friends find a truth so terrifying that none wishes to believe it.
What was once just whispered tales around the firesides of drunken men, is now these friends’ horrifying reality, and one for which they must find a solution before it is too late for Vincent.
A cold and primitive world, half a galaxy away, proves to hold the only thread of hope for resolution, held within the memory of a mysterious spiritual leader.
As the Drycenians continue to die, the friends must find out how to kill an evil so ancient, it is thought to be nothing more than legend.
For details of where to purchase Changing Faces – click here
The Lilean Chronicles: Book Four ~ Avalanche Effect
An empty cradle, a broken promise, and a desperate race across the galaxy.
A mysterious stranger brings dreadful news to Vincent and asks for his help. Determined to keep the promise he made to his spirit guide, he quickly declines.
Discovering the empty cradle, the promise is forgotten and a ripple is caused in the tide of destiny. A tiny ripple, the consequences of which far exceed anyone’s imagination, gathers strength and begins to affect those lives under its charge.
As Vincent and Farra turn their backs on the wisdom of the spirit guides, they embark upon a harrowing journey from world to world with the secretive law enforcement man. Where is Gabriel and who has taken him from their arms?
An alien world, still recovering from the ravages of war awaits their arrival, and the fight to find Gabriel.
As faces from the past reappear, Vincent discovers the links between a long and bloody conflict, a medal won for valour, and a legendary angel.
For details of where to purchase Avalanche Effect – click here
Floxham Island ~ Sinclair V-Log AZ267/M
It’s funny how such an ordinary job could turn into a nightmare so quickly.
Arriving on the strangely deserted prison planet, the space cop finds a scene of unimaginable horror.
Finding themselves stranded there for several days, Sam Sinclair and his group of prison visitors are soon caught in a horrific fight for survival.
Facing the horrors that lurk in the dark, whilst avoiding those that dwell in the light, are only the first of Sam’s problems.
The dead are everywhere, in their hundreds they litter the island, but as new deaths take place, Sam realises that a killer is amongst them.
As their numbers dwindle, Sam must race to find the murderer and secure the lives of those still surviving amidst the horror that is Floxham Island.
For details of where to purchase Floxham Island, click here
One of the worst crimes against humanity the space cop has ever witnessed.
The people of Bygora Vandos just wanted to know what was killing their trees and poisoning their soil. The mysterious Calmarin Research Station promised to do just that, but that was years ago and still there was no answer.
An unexplainable death catches the attention of the Law Enforcement Agency, and Sam Sinclair is despatched to investigate. Working undercover with his new partner Ren, they begin the slow process of working their way into the company.
Sam finds many allies amongst the local people but with his cover blown and Ren taken prisoner, he no longer knows who can be trusted. As the job reaches its explosive climax and the personal cost to Sam takes its toll, the shocking truth finally comes out.
For details of where to purchase Bygora Vandos, click here
You know the difference between fantasy and reality, right?
Sam Sinclair thought so too, until his boss sent him to Nahda, to arrest a museum researcher for stealing an ancient artefact.
Until the pair find themselves trapped deep below an abandoned fusion reactor, Sam had never had occasion to doubt what was real and what was not.
As events unfold, forcing him to embrace the possibility that what he always believed to be just fantasy, could indeed be very real, his life comes crumbling down around him.
Finding himself now a fugitive of the law, left for dead by his prisoner, and still trapped within the underground city, Sam struggles to accept the evidence of his own eyes.
Some things are impossible aren’t they? Sam thought so too, but what he experienced forced him to look at the universe in a different light.
For details of where to purchase The Trials of Nahda, click here
We all have dirty little secrets, don’t we?
When Sam Sinclair is called home to help solve the murder of a fellow law enforcer, he assumes the motive was revenge. Within hours, this case quickly becomes everything but straightforward. As the evidence points to deviance of the most horrific kind, they realise that a new breed of killer is stalking the streets of Sam’s home city. Fear grips the people of Alimenika and even the most hardened of criminals are terrified into silence.
A fetish is just harmless fun, until someone dies of course and as more victims come to light, Sam and his team must delve into the darkest side of man’s nature before they can hope to stop this monster’s reign of terror. Swept along by the most unsettling case of his career, the killer’s insidious influence makes Sam doubt himself as never before.
As his personal life is turned upside down, he suddenly becomes the killer’s latest plaything. Unable to free himself and battling the rising panic, the accusation of his own deviance forces him to examine his actions during those terrible four hours, almost twenty years ago.
For details of where to purchase Fetish, click here
Life has a way of turning upside down when you’re least expecting it.Expecting a warm reception from his friend and fellow detective, Detective Samelan Sinclair-Vaylo calls him up after depositing his prisoner with the Law Enforcement Agency on Tyrrin 4. He is therefore, deeply troubled to notice signs indicating that his friend has got himself involved in something terrible.
When the involvement of a huge gang network comes to light, Samelan worries that the case might be too much for him to handle alone. After calling for help, his father rushes across the galaxy to his side and together, they embark upon the biggest case of both their careers. Thwarted at every turn, it seems as if invisible eyes are watching their every move and both detectives are horrified to discover why.
Determined to work out the tangled threads of the case, the knowledge of who is behind everything is both shocking and deeply disturbing. Putting their lives in jeopardy, they go undercover in a bid to understand the varied aspects of this worrying case.The emotional burden upon Samelan is made worse when he falls deeply in love for the first time in his life, a love only made possible by finally facing a truth he had been avoiding. As things begin to look positive for the first time in weeks, a desperate gunman brings the case to a standstill.
For details of where to purchase The Vazien Paradox – Sinclair V-Log Q890/M, click here
In order to make this movie, first Jake must survive.
Jake Elloway has a glittering career as one of Earth’s most celebrated vidicom movie stars and enjoys his privileged lifestyle to the full. An arrogant megalomaniac, he is handsome and talented, but selfish and indulgent.
Jake reluctantly agrees to spend three months living and working aboard an inter galactic freightliner as research for a new role, but finds few friends amongst the crew.
Life aboard the Mayan Queen quickly proves to be anything but comfortable, and when events suddenly take a dangerous turn, he realises not everyone on board is keen to protect him.
With space pirates hot on their heels, Jake and his friends make a desperate bid for freedom, and find themselves in a new and terrible nightmare.
For details of where to purchase Acts of Life, click here
An anthology of twenty short horror stories, designed to disturb, frighten and shock you to the core.
Just what does the cleaning woman discover when she presents herself for work at the home of the recently widowed elderly woman?
Brandy is excited when her new boyfriend asks her to come and meet his parents for the first time, but little does she know what lies in store for her up at the rambling house on the other side of the wood.
Santosh has been a fan of singer Hannah Tate for years, but a chance meeting with her quickly destroys his infatuation. Little does he know, when he vents his anger on his website, the effect those words will have on him later.
For details of where to purchase Delectus Morbidium, click here
How far would you go for love?
Sergeant Narek Jenn curses his shyness when Risa suddenly leaves without a word.
When he discovers the deceit that forced her to make this desperate decision, he vows to find her and give her the truth.
A chase across worlds, incarceration by insurgents, a crash landing, and finally, Narek is given a choice for which he knows there is but one answer.
For details of where to purchase A.W.O.L click here
A story of one man’s obsession.
It starts out innocently enough, but soon becomes the conduit through which a monstrous horror gains entry to our world.
Harlon Drake wanted to know about his famous ancestor, but finds her difficult to track down. When he gets the chance to buy one of her paintings, his trip to the auction room turns out to be the catalyst for a horror that threatens not only his own soul, but that of every other person alive.
Two New York cops and one reclusive psychic find themselves thrust together in a perilous battle to save humanity from annihilation.
For details of where to purchase Psychomanteum, click here.
What is your worst nightmare?
Tearan Lindo, serving soldier with the Inter-Galactic Elite Command, found himself living his when he woke up apparently alone on an empty and abandoned space ship with no memory other than his own name, age, and rank.
He soon finds that he is not alone aboard the Novosentia, but where are the other three? The friendly engineer, the haunted doctor, and the mysterious hired gun. Who are they and why can he never find them? What is causing the shadows, the noises, and the time discrepancies? Then there is the woman from the nightmares who feels so familiar. Desperate for answers, Tearan and his companions struggle to make sense of their situation.
When he stumbles upon evidence of a scientific involvement, Tearan realises he got it all wrong. They’re not survivors after all, they’re lab rats.
Angry and frightened for his future, he fights to uncover the truth.
What he discovers is more profoundly shocking than he could ever have imagined.
For details of where to purchase Dreamspinner, click here.
Terraforming usually takes decades. What if it could be done in weeks, but at the cost of countless lives?
Gabol Raimes, the mysterious and enigmatic merchant trader with those unforgettable eyes, faces this question when the promise of the biggest single paycheck of his career comes his way.
When asked to supply the final ingredient for The Sanctification Project, he finds himself and his crew battling the ethics of what they’re doing, as powerful demons from his past emerge to taunt him.
Just who is the man at the head of the corporation, and why is he so familiar? How is he connected to the most painful time of Gabol’s life, and what is his plan for this secretive man with the haunted expression?
For details of where to purchase The Sanctification Molecule, click here.
He knew he was dead the moment it happened.
When Dane Somers finds himself sitting on the wet road beside his own dead body, he knows instantly that his life has ended, his physical life anyway. Not only was he still conscious and aware, despite the undeniable truth that lay bleeding beside him, but there could be no getting back to his life as he’d known it.
Anger consumes him; his life being cut short before he was ready, the speed and finality of his end, the lack of enthusiasm the cops display in finding the three punks who shot him, and his fear of what might happen to him now. Indulging in a tidal wave of emotions, he makes his first mistake; a mistake that casts his wandering spirit along a road of discovery, fear, danger, and growth.
Quickly finding a new friend and mentor, Dane sets out to discover how things work in this new dimension and learns many hard truths as he struggles to find a purpose. As his friends come and go, evil is never far away and as Dane faces his own ultimate end, he discovers the most important truth of all.
For details of where to purchase 1438 The Diary of a Shadow Man, click here
Links to Author Interviews and guest blog posts
It is always a pleasure to be asked to give an interview or do a guest blog post. I’ve added links below, just a click away. I hope you enjoy reading them. If you would like to interview me or have me do a guest blog post, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interviewed by Laurie Jenkins at her blog, 26 March 2012. Click here.
Interviewed by Writer’s Block Admin Services 2nd June 2012. Click here
Interviewed by Author Dan Dillard at his blog, 10th June 2012. Click here.
Interviewed by Author Y Correa at her blog, 21st July 2012. Click here.
Interviewed for The Author’s Round Table, 28th July 2012. Click here.
Guest blog for The Indie Ebook Review Site – Author Tales, 15th January 2013. Click here
Interviewed by Author Jennifer Loiske at her blog 11th April 2013. Click here
Guest blog for The Glass Highway 18th April 2013. Click here
Audio interview with Bill Thompson at The Bookcast 16th May 2013. Click here
Interviewed by Lori for Lori’s Song 8th October 2013. Click here
Audio interview with Bill Thompson at The Bookcast 17th December 2013. Click here
Wandering Thoughts of a Writer – Book Feature 9th March 2015. Click here
Interviewed by Rebekkah Ford for Wandering Thoughts of a Writer 27th March 2015. Click here
Wandering Thoughts of a Writer – Book feature 19th June 2015. Click here