Tapestry – how it all began

At the end of September, it’s the first anniversary of when I published Tapestry. How has it been nearly a year already?

Tapestry is a collection of twelve short stories exploring the complexities of life and love. This post from my blog archives first appeared on 8th September 2015 and explains how it all began…

Hey there,

I hope your day is going well so far.

Last week I posted that my short story collection, Tapestry, will be making its way into the world towards the end of September. (Eeep!) I made the decision to take the plunge just over a year ago. This is how it all began…

I first started to read short stories when I had my twins and found reading a whole book in any reasonable timescale went out the window. (A few pages every three weeks does not help you keep tabs on the plot, does it?) When I started to write seriously, it seemed natural to try short stories first. It seems natural too, therefore, that my first foray into self-publishing is of a collection of short stories. (Did I say eeep already?)

I decided that, for the collection, I wanted to write stories about love – love in different guises, whether romantic love, familial love or obsessive love. I found it was an opportunity for me, in some stories, to explore the darker sides of the emotion. By and large my novels are “hopeful ever after”. It was very freeing to take an “anything goes” approach (plot-wise) in my stories and interesting to explore how people react in more difficult situations.

When I started writing the stories, I wrote more than I knew I would use for the collection so I could see which ones sat together best. I’d previously completed the London School of Journalism’s short story writing course by distance learning, so I’d had some positive feedback about my stories and writing style in this medium. A couple of the stories I produced for the course are actually included in the collection.

I’ve chosen twelve stories, a mix of happy and less happy tales. Some of the characters appear in more than one story – I wanted to see what happened to them before or after their first story in the collection. I hope, if you read it, you find you wanted that too!

So, I had my stories and that’s all very well, but it was only the first step in the process. Cue the search for an editor, someone I’d never worked with before. What if it turned out that my stories weren’t good enough to see the light of day when a professional editor looked at them?

If you’d like to know how I went about finding an editor and my experience of the editing process, I’ll be posting that next week, so please come back and join me!

How do you feel about short stories compared to novels? If you have children, did you manage to read novels when they were small? If so, HOW?

I’d love to hear from you, so if you’d like to comment, please do so.

Much love,

Elle. 🙂 xx

TAPESTRY_front150dpi copy Amazon and websitesIn 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.

 

 

No more broken hearts?

Hey there,

Happy Tuesday! I hope you are well today.

As I *might* have mentioned, a few weeks ago I published Tapestry, my collection of twelve short stories. I’m not going to go on about it (much), but I do have a question for you…

One of the stories, Not Everybody Hurts, is about Nilbreaks, a fictional fast acting wonder pill that cures and prevents broken hearts. If you’ve lost the love of your life, that’s no problem, Nilbreaks will stop the pain. If you’re scared of being hurt, it won’t happen. Nilbreaks will make sure your heart is protected.

That sounds OK, doesn’t it?

Violet doesn’t think so.  She isn’t happy, but she won’t touch the pills. The pills may stop feelings of pain, it’s true, but to do so it appears they stop feelings entirely. Violet looks at her friends and colleagues and fears that no one actually cares about anyone anymore. No one really looks at anyone or is prepared to make a connection. No one is capable of feeling love.

Violet would even go so far as to say Nilbreaks are damaging the structure of society.

So today’s (very tongue in cheek) question is:

Do you agree with Violet? I’d love to know!

 

And, of course, if you’d like to know how Violet gets on trying to convince her friends that she’s right, you can find out in Tapestry. 😉

Much love,

Elle 🙂 xx

TAPESTRY_front150dpi copy Amazon and websitesIn 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 cover

Hey there,

Hope you are well today. I’m VERY excited, because today I get to share with you the lovely cover for Tapestry.

 

TAPESTRY

 

What do you think? I love it. It was designed by Berni Stevens who just seemed to get exactly what would be right for Tapestry from the word go. Thank you, Berni!

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Elle. 🙂 xx

Tapestry

In hope, in pain,

we lose, we gain,

but always and forever

the human heart braves life

in light and in shade.

Tapestry – how it all began

Hey there,

I hope your day is going well so far.

Last week I posted that my short story collection, Tapestry, will be making its way into the world towards the end of September. (Eeep!) I made the decision to take the plunge just over a year ago. This is how it all began…

I first started to read short stories when I had my twins and found reading a whole book in any reasonable timescale went out the window. (A few pages every three weeks does not help you keep tabs on the plot, does it?) When I started to write seriously, it seemed natural to try short stories first. It seems natural too, therefore, that my first foray into self-publishing is of a collection of short stories. (Did I say eeep already?)

I decided that, for the collection, I wanted to write stories about love – love in different guises, whether romantic love, familial love or obsessive love. I found it was an opportunity for me, in some stories, to explore the darker sides of the emotion. By and large my novels are “hopeful ever after”. It was very freeing to take an “anything goes” approach (plot-wise) in my stories and interesting to explore how people react in more difficult situations.

When I started writing the stories, I wrote more than I knew I would use for the collection so I could see which ones sat together best. I’d previously completed the London School of Journalism’s short story writing course by distance learning, so I’d had some positive feedback about my stories and writing style in this medium. A couple of the stories I produced for the course are actually included in the collection.

I’ve chosen twelve stories, a mix of happy and less happy tales. Some of the characters appear in more than one story – I wanted to see what happened to them before or after their first story in the collection. I hope, if you read it, you find you wanted that too!

So, I had my stories and that’s all very well, but it was only the first step in the process. Cue the search for an editor, someone I’d never worked with before. What if it turned out that my stories weren’t good enough to see the light of day when a professional editor looked at them?

If you’d like to know how I went about finding an editor and my experience of the editing process, I’ll be posting that next week, so please come back and join me!

How do you feel about short stories compared to novels? If you have children, did you manage to read novels when they were small? If so, HOW?

I’d love to hear from you, so if you’d like to comment, please do so.

Much love,

Elle. 🙂 xx

Tapestry

In hope, in pain,

we lose, we gain,

but always and forever

the human heart braves life

in light and in shade.

 

 

 

Tapestry – let’s do this thing!

Hey there,

Hope your day is going well so far.

Over the past few months I’ve mentioned that I’m planning to self-publish a collection of short stories in the autumn. It looks like autumn is here, so I thought I’d tell you a bit more about the whole shebang.

This is a big thing for me. So big I’m tempted to call it a BIG THING, but I reckon that would get annoying pretty quickly. Nevertheless, it’s something that means a lot to me and I’m very excited about my first real foray into sharing my fiction with you.

When I made the decision to just do it, I thought I’d get more and more nervous throughout the whole process and that, by this point, I’d be a wreck. But I’m not, and that’s largely because the process to this point has been a lot of fun. It’s been my first experience of working with other people in a writing capacity (my editor and cover designer about whom I’ll tell you over the next few weeks) and it just feels right to be doing it. Obviously I’m concerned that the whole thing will bomb, but I’m not going to let a trifling worry like that stop me.

*wobbles and vomits in shoe*

Enough of that.

Can I tell you a little bit about the collection?

Tapestry is a collection of twelve short stories exploring the complexities of life and love.

In hope, in pain,

we lose, we gain,

but always and forever

the human heart braves life

in light and in shade.

Tapestry will be making its way into the world towards the end of September and, over the next few weeks, I’d love to tell you how it all began, progressed and arrived at this point. If you’d like to, please join me each week to hear about it! I’m excited to share this process with my best blog buddies. (That’s you, by the way.)

I guess we could class this BIG THING (sorry) as a risk. Have you taken a similar risk? If so, I’d love to hear from you. Any advice you have to offer would be much appreciated, so please get in touch either here or on twitter.

Let’s do this (risky) thing!

Elle. 🙂 xx