“I wrap my bravado in ribbons of tendons and bruise-kissed skin and even that is not enough of an offering”

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About Me

Exploring inner and outer worlds through dark and introspective fiction.

Hello. I’m Tanya. I tell stories inspired by city streets and stormy seas, synaesthesia and l’appel du vide, violent pasts and wide open futures.

Made in Ireland, I now share a home in Scotland with my husband, our cat with entitlement issues, and an albino axolotl with a double-barrel surname. I run on coffee and have a weakness for fountain pens, expertly choreographed fight scenes, and extremely clean kitchens.

My current project is a neo-noir cyberpunk trilogy, with the working title Project Aria. A real title will be coming closer to publication, which I’m aiming for in 2021. In the meantime, you’re very welcome to download my free books and read some short stories right here.

Find me on Twitter, Instagram, Wattpad, Tumblr and Pinterest.
You can email me at hello@tanyasimonesimpson.com

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Free Books

Winter Follows

A novel | 2019

One month, one city, five lives colliding with the forces of fate. A thrill-seeking tech genius with an appetite for dangerous extremes. A retired contract killer fighting to escape his past and himself. An underworld driver tempted deeper into a life of violence. A heartbroken musician lost in hedonistic free fall. A soldier burdened with prophecy who only wants to go home. Dark, dark days. Beginnings…

Genre Crime | Neo-noir | Transgressive

Free download EPUB | MOBI | PDF
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Car Thieves

A novella | 2018

The year 2027. Edinburgh, Scotland. Disease has swept a deadly path through society. A nightlife mogul with a violent past, a sadistic drug dealer, an artist craving companionship, a privileged playboy and a fiercely independent motor mechanic struggle to survive in the chaotic and brutal leftover world of the immune.

Genre Neo-noir | Post-apocalyptic | Science fiction

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Stone Flowers Grow in Cold Places

A novella | 2017

When a robbery takes an unexpected turn, part-time criminal Andie Valentine is forced to make a difficult choice: dive deeper into a dangerous but lucrative world or escape to a new beginning, abandoning her home in Edinburgh and her last connection to the girl who changed her life and shattered her heart.

Genre Contemporary | Crime | Introspective

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Short Fiction

The Latest Becoming of Death

It feels like we’re the only ones who really see each other. Inevitable and invisible. They look at anything but us. We have those kind of faces. The face of a clock, the face of the light they see at the end. Or what they imagine is the end.

Genre Literary | Neo-noir | Urban fantasy

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A Mountain with a Funeral Smile

It’s just how we’ve been, wandering wide circles around each other, trailing fingertips softly along boundaries. Respectful. Occasional. Things get shaky when we don’t keep enough distance, but it is what it is. What we are.

Genre Literary | Neo-noir | Urban fantasy

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It grew, it bloomed, and I should have cut it back, but there was poetry in how the flowers hid the choking. A weed is something that grows where it isn’t wanted, but I wanted it. I wouldn’t go as far as to say I was asking for it.

Genre Experimental | Introspective | Literary

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Cigarettes as a Metaphor for Heartbreak

You spoke of a gnawing sense of nostalgia for a time and a place that you were scared you would never experience and how you were sure there was a word for that but you couldn’t remember what it was.

Genre Contemporary | Introspective | Literary

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The Ninth Step

I wasn’t sure that I deserved your forgiveness. The truth is, sometimes I thought it would be easier not to be forgiven because if you could forgive me, then maybe I’d have to forgive myself too and I didn’t know how to do that.

Genre Contemporary | Introspective | Literary

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Evidence, Omerta

Your control was always impressive, your aim always precise. Your bullet didn’t end up where we’d agreed it should, but I don’t doubt for a moment that it ended up exactly where you meant to put it. And I still can’t hold it against you, even now.

Genre Crime | Introspective | Literary

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Heartbled and Soulrisen

There were no curses cast at midnight nor wrists burned over ritual flame, only memories bound in white thread by a south-facing window at daybreak. She may have armed her horsemen, but no-one burns bridges like I do.

Genre Contemporary | Introspective | Literary

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He asked if I had been scared of him when we were children, if I had seen it coming, if I had known what he was. It took me a week to reply to that letter because I didn’t know what to say other than yes.

Genre Horror | Introspective | Neo-noir

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