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Shen Hart
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Lives in Prague, Czech Republic
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Developmental Editor, Book Reviewer, Author Of Dark Urban Fantasy
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Developmental editing, Event organising. Book keeping. Administration. Fiction and non-fiction writing. Social media marketing. Web marketing. Content marketing. Management. Dog Training. Horse training. Coaching people to train their horses/dog. Research.
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  • Irini
    Indie Author, 2014 - present
    Indie author with a focus on dark urban fantasy. I currently have the first book in my dark urban fantasy series Wyrd Bound available on Amazon. There are plans for 7 books in that series, with at least 4 related novellas. Outside of the Wyrd Bound series I have plans for a number of other urban fantasy, dark fantasy, D/s fantasy, and political fantasy books.
  • me, myself and i
    Marketer & Copywriter, 2013 - present
    A freelance marketer who produces copywriting, website content and marketing strategies for a wide range of businesses from individual authors, to mechanics, property developers and more.
  • The Editing Hart
    Developmental Editor, 2011 - present
    I help my authors fulfill the potential of their stories. I don't push arbitrary rules onto them, I ask questions and make suggestions. My role is to bring out the very best in the author and help them do their story justice. I pride myself on being thorough and efficient. I usually return manuscripts which are under 100k words long within 7 days, complete with all chapter notes and final write-up.
  • Literary+
    Leader & Founder, 2013
    I covered everything within the business and collective. I did all administration, planning, organising, marketing, sales, administration, management, content writing, copywriting, some fiction and non-fiction writing, and more.
  • Literary+
    Marketing Consultant, 2013
    I offered consultations to indie authors and related professionals including editors. I wrote marketing plans, analysed current social media efforts, improved the author's social media marketing, aided in writing blurbs and profiles, advised on writing content, planned blog tours, approached media outlets, and taught the author how to understand their audience.
  • Myself
    Freelance Copywriter, 2012
    I wrote copy for a number of different businesses ranging from property developers to self-published authors. I also wrote SEO, website content, blog posts, advertising materials and emails.
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    Owner, 2010
    This was my dog supplies business which I ran through both a website and through a market stall. I sold everything a dog owner could and would need for their dog. This meant that I did everything from deal with wholesalers, stock management, book-keeping, marketing, sales, copywriting, business administration, website design and content, customer service, everything.
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    Owner., 2006 - 2011
    I managed in excess of 70 dogs all of which had wide and varying needs. I worked with everything from nervous puppies, dog aggressive dogs, people aggressive dogs and laid back veterans. I did everything for the business, including training my clients to train their dogs, book-keeping, sales, marketing, diary management, training dogs, training new employees and more.
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    Manager, 2007
    I had 7 members of staff beneath me which I had to delegate tasks to and make sure they were keeping to their schedules. I cared for over 100 dogs, each with their own needs including special dietary and exercise needs. I personally dealt with the dog and people aggressive dogs. It was my job to make sure that both the cattery and kennels ran smoothly and every job was done in an efficient manner to the highest standards.
  • Myself.
    Riding Instructor., 2007 - 2013
    I taught a variety of people to ride horses, taking them their very first time sitting on a horse through to jumping. My clients ranged from toddlers through to adults and confident through to nervous.
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Female
Birthday
July 31
Other names
Shen Hart.
Story
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Dark urban fantasy author, developmental editor, drinker of absinthe, and shadow dancer ;-)
Introduction
I’m a passionate writer who happens to be lucky enough to call the beautiful city of Prague home. I enjoy nothing more than cavorting with my muse and exploring this amazing city. My writing is my addiction, collecting words and carefully caressing them until they form captivating stories is my drive. I have a particular fascination with the darker strains of fiction, the shadows whisper seductively in my ear and sociopathic protagonists whisper sweet nothings. Who am I to ignore such delightful, exquisite callings?

I fulfil a number of roles and thoroughly enjoy a number of different jobs and positions, including (but not limited to): 
I released my début novel Wyrd Calling on Amazon in November 2014. Wyrd Calling is the first in the dark urban fantasy Wyrd Bound series. It sat in the top 10 for werewolves and shifters for quite a few weeks, and top 50 in Norse fantasy for an equally long time. 

Blurb:
In the streets of the city, someone or something is killing sirens, and the Wyrd Sisters want it stopped. 

They send their bound creation Thalia, the wild-child shifter, to track the killer down. Thalia would much rather be making a quick buck or playing with the fae, but bound is bound and Thalia must turn her new pack of shifters into an effective team to try and stop the killings. Time is as short as Thalia's temper. Can she make her pack work together and find the killer, or will the killer find her first? 

Wyrd Calling: Dark urban fantasy just shifted. 


Outside of the written word I have a thing for journals, post-its, chocolate, coffee, scotch, and travel. Oh and psychology, sociology, theology, myths and legends, horses, dogs, you get the picture ;-) I love to think, talk, discuss, and I'm far from afraid to air my opinions.   
Bragging rights
Wyrd Calling sat next to Anne Rice in the rankings for a little while. I trained 3 national champions (dogs) by the age of 19. Broke in 2 horses entirely bareback. Jumped a 12.2h pony round courses of 4ft.
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Currently
Prague, Czech Republic
Previously
Guildford, U.K - Leamington Spa - Worcester, UK

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I survived Gabriel's birthday celebrations! There were many antics and shenanigans. Neither of us bought a drink the days/nights we were celebrating, the bars just came together and joined the celebrations. Now to sleep and then work, because I'm hardcore like that ;-)
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Probably going to be quiet for a couple of days. It's Gabriel's birthday which means a lot of alcohol, dancing, cavorting, and antics. We started last night. 
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Thank you both :D Neither of us bought a drink the entire time, the bars kept plying us with drinks lol. There were many antics and shenanigans! Now there will be quiet and "bllaaahhhh work" lol
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My apartment smells of French lavender, and the hardwood is gorgeous in the evening sunlight :D Just because I had crappy news do not mean that I'll feel sorry for myself. I work far too hard to not be able to fix this. :)
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For those who're curious. I'd put anything that was aimed at under 16's and/or not spec' fic' under a pen name. That covers a lot of genres, including but far from limited to romance, westerns, contemporary fiction, and MG. 

Just sayin' ;-)
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I've settled into my stride with everything now which is great. I'm putting out a steady 1 - 4 stories a night on the side-project, editing 4 - 8 chapters on Feathered Touch, poking at The painted Phoenix (1 or 2 planning book pages, 8 - 18 post-its), and writing Shadow Strings. Oh and copy writing a few thousand words a day :D 

It took a bit of adjustment having fiction as an income stream and the pressure associated with that, but it's going well. It's a completely different mindset to my main stuff, which I still only write when inspired. I'm happy with it though. :)
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Damn... you caught me lol
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I tried doing a second flush of the Pu-Erh and it was quite reasonable :D It's definitely a 2 flush only tea though, and there's nothing wrong with that. 

Why yes, I am in a tea place right now. :-P It's relaxing and peaceful, I'm enjoying a little lull in work to take some time to breathe and not burn out. 
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lol they could be giving tourists the dregs, I probably would :-P
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Stupid knee's still grumpy and there's a tear starting in the calf, so I'm on rest for a day or two. 

I hate resting, and being still. I'm an active person, I'm usually on the move, and I enjoy wandering. >.<
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I'm making my first attempt at an American chili. As opposed to the Chili Con Carne I'm used to making in England, which is served on rice and isn't a soup. 

It tastes good to me, I don't think it'll pass as American, but it tastes good :D
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I haven't managed to recreate a proper American tasting chili yet, but the christmas guest did bring some chipotle pepper which helped a lot :D
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Just got hit with a $500 electricity bill... on top of my usual $140... fanfuckingtastic. 
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They tried to say that it down to me to pay it, I had to dig out Czech law and quote it at them. The last landlord did poison me, but at least they fixed the stuff without hassle!
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If things go smoothly and no more crises hit, I might publish 3 books this year. That's not the 4 I'd originally planned on, but I didn't plan on that stress and BS either. Might I'm forming no plans, setting no dates, until first drafts are completed and cover art is in my hands. 
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It's sad how many book reviewers and bloggers have stepped back and stopped reviewing due to backlash from authors. I've spoken to over 15 about it and I know there are far, far, more than that.
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Yea I don't get it either. I had a couple of people who didn't like Wyrd Calling that's to be expected. Especially given it's very much character driven not plot. <Shrugs> Some people will always need their pedestals and egos. 
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I'm having a discussion about how long a nap is. In your opinion, what's the upper limit on the number of hours asleep for a nap? When does it go from a nap, to a sleep proper?
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Anything more than two rem cycles is a real and proper sleep in my completely arbitrary opinion. 
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