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Short pieces by our authors
Linnea Alexis Since Forever…
My love for short stories started when my fifth grade teacher challenged the class to write a short story a week for extra credit. I accepted the challenge and have been writing ever since.
Throughout the years, I’ve taken several classes on writing short stories. Projects, either started or completed in these classes, went on to be published—except my particular favorite, a short-short about magical potatoes. Dang, I love that story.
Whenever an event or a dream triggers an idea, I write it down in flash fiction format. I’ve found that having an arsenal of short stories, either completed or started, close at hand enables me to respond to Calls for Submission without having to start from scratch.
Short stories keep the creative juices flowing, while honing my craft, disciplining me to adhere to a strict word count, and forcing me to keep the writing tight, clean. “Less is more.” Best of all, I can experiment with different genres. So far I’ve written horror stories, vampire stories, who-done-its, romances, historicals, and even a couple of memoir pieces.
Writing my short story, Heart Strings, quickly became a labor of love. It was based on an actual event from several years ago when my grandson attended music camp. When I told friends about it, they said, “There’s a story in there…somewhere.” I kicked around different storylines until I came up with reunited lovers and second chances. From that point on, the story took on a life of its own and practically wrote itself.
Mia Allen It’s the Little Things
Short stories, chocolate truffles, and a glass of red wine. Small pleasures that provide deep satisfaction. What could be better than these indulgences? Don’t get me wrong. I still love reading a great novel, but I don’t always have the ability to focus on reading a full-length story. (I like to think it’s because I have too many pressures to have time to myself. Others might say it’s because I have the attention span of a gnat. Who’s quibbling?)
I try to write for women like myself - except for the short attention span part - those who crave a small escape reading stories with a beginning, a middle and an end that satisfies. Something that continues to linger on the palate throughout the day, week or month. Characters I hope you want to meet and personalities that make you smile or laugh. And, of course, giving that absolutely required HEA. In fact, short stories are better than wine or chocolates. You can get arrested for drinking and driving. Well, I guess you can get arrested for reading and driving, too. So, until my story is converted into an audio, just shoot me a note. If I’m free, I’ll read while you drive. The almost perfect cure.
Katherine McIntyre Necessary Drama
When I started creative writing, I used to struggle with the short story. I would sketch out these sprawling epics with complicated plots, ones that needed not just one novel, but five to fully flesh out the story line. Not that I don’t love the novel—I do, but I’ve discovered a deep appreciation for short stories along the way. I had found them harder to write than a novel because creating characters and a well-formed plot in so few words can be difficult.
That is, until I started writing romance.
I’m sort of an odd romance writer. I grew up binge-reading sci-fi/fantasy, and devoured most of the great high fantasy epics. As I branched out a bit more, I began to love urban fantasy, paranormal romance, dystopian—a plethora of genres. The one hurdle I had with novel length romance though, was following it along the entire way without getting annoyed by unnecessary drama. If something is going to keep these characters apart, I want it to be a zombie apocalypse, not foolish decisions and a lack of communication.
The one medium that never drew out unnecessary drama was the short story. There, I got to read about people falling in love without my Aries impatience getting in the way. There, I could write those romantic episodes that highlight the roller coaster thrill of falling in love without the messy myriad of devices used to keep the characters apart until the end.
So you want all the adrenaline rush of a first kiss, or better yet, one spicy night you’ll never forget? Short stories deliver, and in the most satisfying way.
Carolyn Reynolds Laughter Written in the Stars
Since I was years old I have wanted to be a writer. Around that age I had become a class clown. I had this wonderful redheaded boyfriend Roger, and a best guy friend, Leonard who was my co-ringmaster in class buffoonery. Leonard - my co-conspirator in teacher pranks - and I were sent outside on opposite ends of the classroom more times than I could count.
Later in life, every time I told a story, friends and family would start laughing so hard then told me that I “needed to take my show on the road.” I seem to have that humorous take on the everyday and most especially on relationships.
I always wanted to write romance. But, my kind of romance was not typical. That changed with my first book, The Book of Lovers, an astrological guide to romance, which gave me the chance to use both the Zodiac, as well as humor, in a tongue-in-cheek series of spot-on personality profiles. The success of that book gave me the first inkling that romance readers were ready to find something funny in the way everyone’s romances come together.
They say by the time you are ten years old you are pretty much what you are going to be. I was. I finally got to be the writer, ringleader and romance writer I dreamed about all rolled into one with my new Zodiac Romance Series.
I hope you just love them.