Monthly Archives: December 2014

@BlackPearPress ‘Seaglass & Other Stories’ Anthology Published


I am delighted to be part of the new anthology from Black Pear Press, available now, called ‘Seaglass & other stories’. The anthology is comprised of the best stories from the inaugural Black Pear Press short story competition held earlier this year. The winning story names the anthology. My story ‘Sleeping Dragons’ came second.  The anthology includes twenty stories.

The book is available currently as a paperback (see link on the website ) though it will be available as both a paperback and an ebook via Amazon soon.


The Flashdogs Are Here!

Great post on the Flashdogs anthology that I have been lucky to be a part of.

SJ O'Hart

At the weekend, the first Flashdogs Anthology was published – and I was in it.

Image copyright: Tam Rogers (, used with permission.  Image not to be reproduced without the permission of Tam Rogers. Image copyright: Tam Rogers (, used with permission.
Image not to be reproduced without the permission of Tam Rogers.

The Flashdogs are a widely scattered bunch of writers, most of whom have never met in person. They range from the United States to Australia, stopping off at several places in between, and the anthology sprang (like all good ideas) from a ‘what if?’ conversation online.

What if we put together a showcase of our best flash fiction, as well as a story based around a prompt?

So that’s what happened. I make it sound so easy, when of course it wasn’t, I’m sure. I had nothing to do with the heroic effort involved in getting the book together (besides proofreading a fellow Flashdog’s work, as we all did), and all that was required of me…

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Available now #flashdogsanthology @flashdogs

Flashdogs Poster

Today is the day! The first flashdogs’ anthology is available to buy now from Amazon as an e-book. A compilation of work from 34 writers that come from all over the world, the book offers 110 amazing stories. As the name flashdogs suggests, the stories are short or very short, meaning that you can dip in and out of the anthology, reading a variety of stories in a multitude of styles. Many of the authors are winners of flash fiction competitions, and all authors regularly take part in weekly contests, so are accomplished writers – you are guaranteed quality!

There are a few ways to get the anthology – follow this link if in the UK which takes you straight to the relevant page on Amazon

or for elsewhere in the world use the links from the Flashdogs website

Apart from being able to read fantastic stories from amazing authors – if you buy the anthology you will also be supporting the charity IBBY which supports children through reading. All profits from the anthology will go to the charity. Here is a link to the charity if you would like to find out more

What’s Your First Draft Like? – Paul Finch

Great insight into first drafts of the crime writing business.

Rebecca Bradley

Today I’m thrilled to have crime writer Paul Finch talking us through his first draft process.

Paul_3Paul Finch is a former cop and journalist, and, having read History at Goldsmiths College, London, a qualified historian, though he currently earns his living as a full-time writer.

He cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British TV crime drama, The Bill, and has written extensively in the field of children’s animation. However, he is probably best known for his work in thrillers, dark fantasy and horror, in which capacity he is a two-time winner of the British Fantasy Award and a one-time winner of the International Horror Guild Award.

He is responsible for numerous short stories and novellas, but also for two horror movies (a third of his, War Wolf, is in pre-production), and for a series of best-selling crime novels featuring the British police detective, Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg.

Paul lives…

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New anthology from #Flashdogs @Flashdogs

The excitement is growing as the anthology that I am part of is going to be published soon.

B37Xo7JIIAAdZOBOver thirty flash fiction writers have been corralled by a great team in order to get this anthology together. Each author is contributing ‘open’ work as well as a piece which is produced from an amazing photo prompt by the talented photographer Tam Rogers ( The result will be a fantastic collection of work from writers who regularly have their work placed in various flash fiction contests as well as featuring in other anthologies and magazines.

The anthology is planned to be released to the market on Saturday 13th December, available on Amazon. More details to follow soon.