I am really pleased to have an extract of my YA novel ‘Akos Novus’ on @paragraphplanet today. The site publishes 75 words every day from all types of writers and all kinds of genres. Most writers use the 75 words to share their short ‘stories’ though the site also publishes novel extracts like mine. Here is a link to the site if you would like to see a new story everyday. They have an archive too so you could spend hours reading!
Here is a link to Amazon if you would like to check out my novel.
It has taken me a long time to get over the shock of being long listed for the 2015 Bristol Short Story Prize, hence why this post is out so late. Partly it was because I was holding my breath for the short list (which I didn’t make) but mostly because I couldn’t believe my name was on the Long list of this amazing competition. Like so many people I paid my money, sent in my carefully crafted story and then promptly forgot about it. As with most competitions, I enter without expecting to do anything. I keep my spreadsheet up to date with my entries and rejections/unsuccessful stories, with the odd one highlighted with a publication date. This longlisting warranted a full on exclamation mark or three to mark how excited I was!!!
But one of the reasons I was so chuffed was that it meant other people had rated it as a good story, one that gave them reading pleasure – which is why we do this dastardly difficult writing thing, isn’t it? When I’d finished that story I thought it was good – probably my best story to date, but it is gratifying to know that other people thought that too. Although I am disappointed not to have reached the short list it has given me confidence in my writing, knowing I’m ‘on the right lines’ as it were. All I have to do now is write some more!
I’m delighted to have a new 75 word story on Paragraph Planet tomorrow (Wednesday 18th March) called ‘Superfreeze’. With a new story every day it’s great to be part of the variety that is found on the website. I hope you enjoy my story.
I am delighted to say that I will have two pieces in the forthcoming edition of The Ogham Stone magazine which is due out in February. The Ogham Stone is a literary magazine based in Limerick and edited by MA students from the University of Limerick and you can follow their blog here https://theoghamstoneul.wordpress.com/
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 http://blackpear.net/ ) though it will be available as both a paperback and an ebook via Amazon soon.
Thanks to the hard work of Richard Hearn, developer of http://www.paragraphplanet.com/ there is now a full list of the published stories on the geo-writing website. Presented in random order (mine’s in there somewhere!), clicking on each author’s name takes you to their story. Based on location prompts, there are many fantastic stories set in such diverse places as Sunderland, New York, Dover and Limerick and a variety of stories to suit everyone.