Open Pen is now celebrating five years in print with an anthology containing their favourite stories from the past fourteen issues, accompanied by brand new tales by each of those authors. And I am beyond chuffed to be one of them!
Writing Short Fiction is an excellent new resource for writers with a wealth of tips, advice and links to publication opportunities, as well as a selection of prize-winning short stories to inspire you. I have two pieces there at the moment:
Hey, here's some quick news:
My story, And There, was chosen for the shortlist of the Bare Fiction flash fiction prize, which is pretty damn cool. The full rundown of winners and runners up for all categories can be found here. Massive congratulations to everyone on the list!
Just before Christmas, Scott Mullins interviewed me for This is Writing about inspiration, fear, writing habits aaaaand sex puns. If you'd like to ask me about writing - or simply have an awkward question you'd like to challenge me with - you can do so at my Goodreads page.
All things told, 2014 was a pretty good year for my bookshelves. My first novel, White Lies, was published by Legend Press, my story, Bing Bong, won the Fiction Desk flash fiction competition, another story, Someone Else, was a finalist in the Aesthetica Creative Writing competition, and yet another, Vitamaxima, featured in the beautiful third issue of Vector Press. Online, the wonderful editors at Sundog Lit and FlashFlood published a couple more of my stories online.
And if that wasn't enough, I ended 2014 with two very exciting pieces of news... which I can't yet shout about, because they're highly covert and, well, I love a good dramatic pause.
So, as the first day of 2015 settles its cold, cloudy arse down upon the land, I will start the year as I mean to go on: by making a cushion fort with my kids and reading comics by torchlight.
Thanks to everyone who made 2014 an excellent year of books and writing - to the generous and supportive publishers and editors who decided my work was worth the paper; to the readers who picked up a book with my name on it, left a review, or listened to a live reading; to the many wonderful writers who have held my hand, kicked me up the bum, raised a glass, and helped me be a better writer; to friends and family, my tirelessly encouraging husband and my ever-inspiring boys.
Cheers for a great year, and here's to a brand spanking new one.
A vague calendar of past and future events: May 15th: I turned 30. Not much has changed except I can't get on certain lists of 'successful people under 30' any more. Ho hum. To celebrate, we went out for steak and watched Godzilla. Meat = good. Godzilla = terrible. Godzilla steak = probably tastes like napalm and regret.
Early Junish: My story, Vitamaxima, will be published in Vector Press' third issue. Take two Vitamaxima capsules with every meal to ensure long life and literary satisfaction (side effects may include feelings of inadequacy and uncomfortably sexual public dancing).
Also Early Junish: Another of my stories, Bing Bong (which won the 2014 Fiction Desk flash fiction comp), will appear in The Fiction Desk's seventh anthology. Press the button. Just press the fucking button.
June 11th: I sit a 3-hour exam on Shakespeare and finish my current OU module. Much drinking and carousing will follow.
July 1st: My first novel, White Lies, will be released, published by the marvellous Legend Press! (Involving more drinking and carousing. And possibly a small heart attack.) Pre-order it now, or the type of things you see in threatening chain letters will happen to you. For sure.
Date TBA: Launch party for White Lies - details as yet unknown but will surely include, yes indeed, drinking and carousing (and a demonstration of terrified public speaking from me).
To sum up: June/July are lined up to involve several hangovers and a real life book thing. If you can't wait until then, fill your time with my 'How to Procrastinate' guide, as featured on Brighton Writers Retreat.