I’m so looking forward to taking part in the event Short but Sweet at Portobello Book Festival tomorrow, (6 October 2018, 12.30-1.30pm) where I’ll be joining fellow writers Rosemary Gemmell and Jane Tulloch to talk about short story writing.
The event is free and, if you’d like to come along, you can find out more here.
In 2015 I published a collection of short stories, Tapestry, and I’m excited to be able to talk about it with friends, old and new. 😀
If you’re at the event tomorrow, please come and say hi!
In hope, in pain,
we lose, we gain,
but always and forever
the human heart braves life
in light and in shade.
Tapestry. A collection of twelve short stories exploring the complexities of life and love. Available now.
Tapestry – the stories
Imogen is unhappy in her brief marriage. She feels guilty because there is no “acceptable” reason to leave her husband, but she still wants to go. One day when Neil leaves for work she resolves to make her decision once and for all. Can she break free or are the ties of her marriage too strong?
Gemma’s love for Nicky is unrequited, but everything she does, she does with him in mind. Her feelings for him have ruled her life for years, any happiness she feels is short-lived because she recognises and is ashamed of her predicament. What will it mean for Gemma when Nicky finds out how strongly she feels?
Maggie’s life collapsed when her daughter, Mia, was sent to prison. Her marriage crumbled under the strain, she was unable to face Mia or deal with her guilt. But when she receives a letter from Mia explaining she is due for parole, Maggie cannot hide from her daughter any longer.
Fifty pence for the first step
Gemma turns to her boss, Andrew, for advice when she needs direction. Despite much soul-searching she finds that, sometimes, the most insignificant event can be the catalyst for positive action.
Never Let Go
Andrew may have given Gemma good advice, but he is unable to recognise the obsessive love his ex, Leanna, feels for him. Leanna is determined to get Andrew back from his new girlfriend, Merin, but what lengths will she go to?
Not Everybody hurts
Nilbreaks is a fast acting wonder pill that cures and prevents broken hearts. Violet despairs that, as a result of taking the pill, no one actually cares about anyone anymore. She resolves to get Nilbreaks taken off the market but meets resistance from her friends and colleagues.
After the end of her marriage, Freya finds love unexpectedly with Aidan and feels her life has begun anew. Everything is perfect until Aidan’s ex-girlfriend, Melody, returns to his life leaving Freya’s future uncertain. Again.
I hope you get your rabbit
A teenage mother makes a heart-breaking decision about her new born baby. This is her opportunity to tell him why.
After years of waiting, Kate nervously prepares for the day she will finally meet Eric.
Gerry is the love of Chrissie’s life, but they didn’t stay together. She thinks of him a lot, her past is always in her present and she expects it to stay that way. That is until her friend turns up with news of Gerry. What happens to the future when your past isn’t there anymore?
Claudia starts to become her own person after years of living in her parents’, then husband’s and children’s shadows. She has her own flat; her professional life is going well, but is her newfound independence all that she expected it to be?
No matter how hard life gets, there is always hope and the memory of what love can be like, especially what it’s like in the beginning.