My latest fiction book is Dread– a chapbook of microfictions on a theme of anxiety. You can see a review of the book here. Fifty tiny stories, none longer than fifty words, show the despair, horror, humour and hope of living with anxiety. Some stories were created in response to the vss365 daily tweet fiction challenge, the rest are new for this collection. If you are interested in reading and leaving an honest review of my book, please contact me for a review copy!
Coming soon: I am General editor for a short story anthology coming out in late 2019, and I have some microfictions coming out in another upcoming anthology. It’s been a busy year! I’m editing two full-length fantasy novels for submission at the moment, but meanwhile I have various publications – see below. For a taste of my work in progress, see the short stories at the bottom of this page.
Another recent fiction project was a collaboration on a children’s book called The Narwhallama … written as part of a Christmas present. We did it for fun, but I’ve learned lots. It’s for readers aged 8-10 and involves a nasty scientist, various cheeky/sarcastic kids and a llama. Get the book here.
Nonfiction: you can download What Works, my free ebook of strategies to help anxiety – as mentioned at the end of Dread. It’s 100+ pages of gentle practical advice to ease anxiety. Download it for free, here.
You can still get my Writer’s Weekly Planner I created to help me organise my (limited) writing time each week and boost productivity. You can get it here and read more about it here. It’s even available in two colourways, in case the beautiful turquoise is more your style than the sleek black.
I was the overall winner in The Write Practice’s Spring Writing Contest 2017! I’m so thrilled, especially as the standard of stories submitted was, as always, very high. I let out an involuntary whoop in a hotel restaurant when I found out, and then grinned through the entire meal. My winning story appears on Short Fiction Break – please check it out and let me know what you think. Here’s the link to the story, which is called The Porthole.
Meanwhile, I’m involved in the online writing community, The Write Practice, and have had three stories published through the writing contests they run with Short Fiction Break (The Winter Wolf, The Perfect Scar and The Shift) and the Wordhaus (Grounds).
I got an honourable mention in the New York Midnight Short Story Challenge in 2015, the story for which you can now find here and in February 2016 Buzzfeed published Sex Misery and Cliffhangers, my piece on fanfiction writing.
Meanwhile I’m still editing, editing, and sharing my microfictions, AKA Very Short Stories, on Twitter. Check out the hashtag #vss365 to find these, and stories by many other brilliant microfiction authors. On this site, check the tag fifty worder to find microfictions.
Below are two short stories from the same universe as my work-in-progress.