In “Poison,” a psychologically abused wife discovers that her husband’s nut allergy may be the solution to all her problems.
In “Round Trip,” a five pound note passes through desperate hands, greedy hands and tired hands before coming full circle…accompanied by a big surprise.
In “Ç’est La Vie,” the police bungle a murder investigation under the watchful eye of someone uncomfortably close to the killing.
Targeted Age Group:
Early adult and up
The beauty of the short story is you have everything – plot development, character development, anticipation, resolution – within a tight frame of words. The curse of the short story is exactly the same. There’s little room for error and you have to promise, tease and then deliver within a few short pages.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write for love, not money. That’s not to say you can’t write for money, but you need to love what you do first of all, because – I know from my husband’s experiences – it’s not always well-paid and the hours can be lousy! Love will keep you pushing forward.
Donna is a long time book reviewer and has devoured books from an early age. She writes short stories as and when inspiration hits and is married to fantasy author David M. Brown. She is also a contributor to David’s (mostly!) non-fiction book, Man vs Cat.
Donna has lived in many different areas of the UK over the last 32 years but has remained in Yorkshire for the past decade. She ardently disputes the misnomer that ‘It’s grim up north’. You can find Donna on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Goodreads, or visit the blogs she shares with her husband: Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dave, and Diary of Mr KainWhat Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have been writing for a long time – poetry, stories, flash fiction – so I eventually took a creative writing course. One of the stories from that course was accepted for publication in a magazine in the UK and that gave me some confidence. I never expected to put my other pieces out there – except maybe to submit to another magazine – but I realized that with self-publishing I could easily make my work available to people for less than the price of a magazine.