The collection of short stories and some longer ones began when I started writing them to fill in time between projects or when I had writers block. I enjoyed the process of following ideas that did not necessarily present a plot long enough for a book, but had potential to be something new such as Death hiring a detective or the devil outsmarting himself. Writing them was like following a new path in the woods previously untraveled just to see where it led.
I know I didn’t follow the ‘rules’ for short story writing, but I am a believer in rules are made to be broken. Often they serve as a great guide for writers, but sometimes a short story has no real beginning or ending, sort of like some literary stories, but it has something to say about people or is just something that happens to someone, which in my case, is quite often the content of what I write, as in It Happened in Kansas.
Almost anything is fodder for a writer, such as sitting on a bench in a cemetery on a sunny autumn day. Imagine what might go on there, who one might see or meet to talk to. Some of this would depend on the age of the cemetery, but still one’s imagination could take the writer and reader down new roads. What about being isolated during a blizzard as in Hoof Beats? What might one hear during the storm—howling wind or would it be extremely quiet?
What about seeing someone standing on a bridge overlooking a river or railroad track? One might try to read their thoughts to see what they are doing there. The writer’s imagination would not settle for a story about someone watching the water and thinking about what to have for supper. Rather, a writer would add their own possibilities and thus, have a troubled character considering some drastic action. Are they going to jump? Or might they be thinking of pushing someone else off the bridge? Why? Who? The story could be completely formed in those few moments of meeting and departure.
So, it is with all this in mind that I study people at times, trying to place them in a situation that results in a story.
Or an author might read something in the paper or see it on television and realize it could be the seed of a story. There are many places, events, and people that give a writer an idea for a story. And it is this type of thing that is behind the stories in this book.
Anne K. Edwards enjoys a life shared with her husband and several cats who rule the household and lives of its inhabitants. She is an avid reader, reviews ebooks, writes in several genres, and enjoys meeting other writers. She’s currently touring the blogosphere to promote her latest book, Dark of the Heart.
About the book
A runaway son has returned to the Tyles family fold after an absence of several years. A frightened boy when he left, Joey Tyles has returned a bitter man bent on revenge on the family that made his childhood a hell.
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