Author Karen Clarke has a new short story collection out, featuring fifty five of her short stories. As short reads are considered very suitable for the busy life we lead to day, I can highly recommend this writer. Her short stories are superb reads. I took the opportunity to have a chat with Karen about her writing and to ask her to tell us some more about herself……
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Are short stories easier to write than novels?
Short stories are easier in that they’re much quicker to write, and I like the fast turnaround after the much longer time-span involved in writing a novel, but it’s a very different discipline fitting a satisfying story into a thousand words or so and making it exciting/interesting/emotional and satisfying.
What made you want to be a writer?
Our family didn’t have a television growing up, so reading was our entertainment and escapsim and my love of writing sprang from that – I wanted to do what my favourite authors were doing.
Before becoming a full-time writer, what did you work at?
I had many jobs before becoming a writer – and still work part-time in a library – including secretarial work, being a pub manager, a wedding photographer and running a small supermarket. All good fodder for story-writing!
What inspires you?
Lots of things – stories in the media, overheard conversations, story prompts, and if all else fails I think of a first line and take the story from there – it usually works.
It’s so hard to make it in short fiction – what’s the secret of your success?
Some of my early efforts weren’t that good looking back, but writing improves with practise so I try to write everyday, and submit at least one story a week. I don’t think I’d ever have got the confidence to start sending them out if I hadn’t joined on online writing group, as the feedback and support is invaluable. Perseverance is key, so (in the style of a certain dance show host)… keeeeep writing :o)
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS … AND OTHER TALES WITH A TWIST
A lively collection of fifty-five short stories where nothing is quite as it seems…
A couple on holiday in Italy realise their marriage is over
An ambulance races a pregnant woman to hospital
A passenger on a train rethinks becoming a parent
An uninvited guest causes ripples at a wedding
A woman steps into the spotlight to dance her first tango
A man is followed to the florist’s by his…wife?
Stories of love, loss, hope, betrayal, and the occasional ghost – all with the ending you least expect.