I've never really been sure if I believed in ghosts, but something happened a few days after my mother died that made me wonder. I wrote a short story about it: https://www.mumlifestories.com/happy-birthday-a-short-story/
Short stories seldom get reviewed, so I was delighted to find Charles Payseur has reviewed my recent story Breath during his monthly roundup at Quick Sip Reviews. His comments: "And the piece is cute and heavy, unfolding in a place ripe with corruption and touched by tragedy. But the story refuses to let these things define it, reaching for freedom and happiness and love in an interesting and fantastic way. I love the romance and world building, and it’s an amazing read! "
Now that I've started keeping track of what I'm reading each month, I'm surprised how quickly I forget books. Here's the best of my reading pile in January: The Secret Life of Mister Roos by Håkan Nesser Valdemar Roos wins a lottery, and this jolts him out of his quiet boring life. He buys a cottage in the woods and quits his job without telling his wife and daughters, and spends his days walking in the forest or napping in the sunshine. Until a girl on the run shows up, and his life becomes...
According to surveys, the New Zealand accent is considered one of the sexiest in the world. Listening to recordings of myself, I find that hard to believe. Anyway, the talented Todd Sullivan has been interviewing short story writers about their writing process. You can listen to his interview with me about the writing of my story Night Fishing on Youtube.
I had a clean out of some of my oldest writing files at Christmas and found lots of snippets and writing exercises that I'd forgotten about. I turned one of those snippets into a drabble (100 word story) and it's up at The Drabble today.
Nothing has motivated me to write more than getting that first acceptance email. I’ve been writing and submitting short stories for three years now, and I thought I’d share a few of the things that I’ve learned so far.
So one of my New Year's resolutions was to review the best books I read last year. Here they are: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Killing Vampires – Grady Hendrix My book club chose this as our horror pick for 2020 and it did not disappoint. Vampires have gotten a little too sweet and approachable of late. Hendrix puts the vampire firmly back in the horror category as the sweet-talking stranger who preys on the children of a town while the menfolk welcome him, oblivious to the danger....