The Story So Far…

The Story So Far...

Since I started writing just over a year ago, I have had two stories and a poem accepted for publication in Clarendon House anthologies.

Vortex - Sins of The Father.

Cadence - Run or Hide.

Fireburst - Gods and Owls.

Much of my writing time recently has been taken up with preparing a collection of stories for Clarendon House Publications which I'm tentatively calling 'Deben Market'. The project is currently sitting at about 55,000 words and is about half finished, with twenty stories fleshed out and beginning to take shape.

A 10,000 word murder mystery set in 1930's London has also been submitted to Clarendon House for the Enigma anthology, and also I'm waiting to hear if a little romance will be accepted for their Rapture anthology.

I'm really excited to hear what Grant Hudson, the editor of Clarendon House, thinks of my submission for the Showcase anthology called 'The Old Ways'.

'Serve Cold' has been accepted by Zombie Pirate Publishing for inclusion in their Flash Fiction Addiction anthology. The publication date has yet to be announced.

The mighty and prolific Steven Carr challenged (challenged is too strong a word, encouraged is more fitting), encouraged me to write a western. So I did, it's called 'A Bullet for The Horse' and has been submitted to Typehouse Literary Magazine. I wait with baited breathe.

A sad tale of an immigrant woman is being read by Crannog Magazine - I should hear if it's good enough soon.

And a 1,500 word horror story is looking for a home after not making the grade in a writing contest.

Who knows what the next year will bring.

Fireburst – Available Now

Fireburst - Available Now

My second story to be published by Clarendon House Publications, 'Gods and Owls' - A story of despair and hope, appears in this collection along with 65 other brilliant pieces of flash fiction.

Just take a minute to check out the cover, and observe the talent inside including; Steven Carr, Carmen Baca, Gary Bonn, L. T. Waterson, Shawn Klimek, Riham Adly, R.A. Goli and Brandy Bonifas to name just a handful. I can't wait to read every story.

Get it here

 

The blurb

Intense, keen, extreme, sincere, deeply felt, wholehearted - you’ll find stories within ranging from the amusing to the overwhelming, from the earnest to the cute.

Clarendon House has once again drawn together a selection of fabulous talents to weave you into their story worlds so that you will scarcely believe what can be done in less than 2,000 words per tale.

Perfect if you want to relish the moments; ideal if you desire entertainment on-the-run; essential if you’re eager to see what the future has to offer in terms of great writers - this is the book for you.

Moony Moore Update

Last summer when I started writing, I intended, as most aspiring authors probably do, to write a novel.

The novel started to grow and I bashed out 50,000 words for NANOWRIMO. I had a hero and a devil in disguise, a love interest and long histories for my characters. I devised a town and a community, and drew maps with street names. Businesses sprang to life and people populated the town.

To my mind, the town of Deben Market was real and filled with the slightly weird characters we may come across once or twice in our lives. A melting pot for the lost and lonely, the bizarre and obscure. On the surface a refined sea side town in England, but scratch that fine veneer of respectability, and the strange histories of the inhabitants rise to the surface.

The novel was to be called The Loneliness of Moony Moore, a murder mystery and ghost story rolled into one.

However, I soon realised that I needed more experience as a writer before a novel could be completed to a standard I was happy with.

At the beginning of this year, I put the project on the back burner and concentrated on short stories. I let my mind and imagination ramble, but I kept coming back to Deben Market. I found myself telling the lives of some of the inhabitants in short story format.

One of those stories became 'Sins of the Father', and was published in Vortex, by Clarendon House Publications earlier this year. I was surprised and honoured to win best story as voted by the members of the FaceBook group, The Inner Circle Writers' Group. Find out more here

The prize for winning, my own anthology of short stories. You guessed it, my stories will be centred around Deben Market and the strangeness that is drawn to it's streets.

The Moony Moore project is evolving.

Fireburst Flash

I am very pleased to announce that my flash fiction piece 'Gods and Owls' is to be included in

FIREBURST – THE INNER CIRCLE WRITERS’ GROUP SECOND FLASH
FICTION ANTHOLOGY 2018

Here's the blurb

Intense, keen, extreme, sincere, deeply felt, wholehearted - you’ll find
stories within ranging from the amusing to the overwhelming, from the
earnest to the cute. Clarendon House has once again drawn together a
selection of fabulous talents to weave you into their story worlds so
that you will scarcely believe what can be done in less than 2,000 words
per tale. Perfect if you want to relish the moments; ideal if you desire
entertainment on-the-run; essential if you’re eager to see what the
future has to offer in terms of great writers - this is the book for you.