A 6850-Word Short Story
If you liked “Slave Auction” from Trouble Down South and Other Stories, you’re going to love to hate “Missus Buck,” a 6850-word short story about an elderly woman, advanced in years, who fosters a spirit of hostility toward her daughter-in-law because she believes her to be a commoner. Their family descending from German aristocracy, Missus Buck believes her son has married beneath him when he weds Missus Julie, who feels the sting of her disapproval even from the first day she met her. Missus Buck shows no mercy towards Missus Julie’s slaves and squares off with Missus Julie’s favored slave, the feisty Rubeline.
Targeted Age Group: 21-70
Book Price: 2.99 cents
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I find trying to write in a genre in which I am not proficient is difficult because it would require me to do much research in order to write a believable or plausible story. It is much easier to write in the genre in which I am proficient because I am interested in the genre, I have some background knowledge of the subject matter, so it would not be as difficult to construct a story or plot line, and I can write subsequent stories using the same characters from previous stories.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
I would advise aspiring writers to study their craft–learn the basics of grammar, plot building, story writing, and publishing. Writers must not only be authors but also business people, especially if they choose to self publish their works.
Katrina Parker Williams teaches English grammar and composition at a community college. She is a writer of southern literature, historical fiction, and short stories. She is a Barton College graduate with a B.S. in Communications and a Masters of Education in English from East Carolina University. She is also the author of a fictional novel titled Liquor House Music. Her works have appeared in Charlotte Viewpoint, Muscadine Lines, Usadeepsouth, and the Wilson Literary Review. Her writings have recently been published at The Saints’ Placenta, All Things Girl, Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Pens on Fire, and Muscadine Lines.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have always been interested in southern literature and wanted explore the subject of slavery. I wanted to write a story from the point of view of the slaves to gain an understanding of their mode of thinking.