Today saw the first Bailey’s Writing Tips podcast ‘short stories’ episode. As listeners to the podcast will know these episodes have recently been alternate hints & tips and red pen critique sessions. Well, to add something else into the mixture every other episode hereafter will be flash fiction (less than 1,000 words) or short stories (over 1,000 words). This means that the hints & tips episodes will be once a month as will the ‘red pen’ critiques, with these short stories in between.
I’m starting off the next few weeks with the flash fiction that have appeared on this blog as ‘Flash Fiction Fridays’. Because they’re short and, at the moment, I have plenty of them, I’ll be reading out two per fortnight and started today with ‘Captain Jack’s Cave’ (at 716 words) by crime novelist Neil L Yuzuk and Marla Madison’s 511-word ‘Halloween night’.
I won’t be critiquing them but just simply reading them out and I hope you enjoy this new format. And although I enjoy creating different accents I didn’t think I’d do the first piece justice by adopting what would work well in Cornish so stuck (or tried to!) with my Buckinghamshire. I then read Marla’s story and culminated the episode with a little about both authors:
Neil L. Yuzuk was born in Brooklyn, New York. Now retired after twenty-two years, as a SPARK Substance Abuse Prevention Counselor, he wrote Beachside PD: The Reluctant Knight, after collaborating with his police officer son David on a screenplay of the same name. The book was a finalist in the Global eBook Awards in the category of suspense / thriller. The second book in the series, Beachside PD: The Gypsy Hunter is in pre-publishing, and will be available in December, 2011. He’s working on the third book in the series, entitled Beachside PD: Undercover, as well as a screenplay: Fade To Light. Another book, Zaragossa: Fruit of the Vine is also in the works. Neil and David’s website is http://www.BeachsidePD.com.
Marla Madison is a retired Federal Mediator, now working as an Arbitrator for the state of Iowa and the Federal Mediation Service. ‘She’s Not There’ is her debut suspense novel. Marla is working on a second in her home on Prairie Lake in Northwestern Wisconsin where she lives with her significant other, Terry, a beloved shelter-dog, Skygge, and Poncho, an opinionated feline from the same shelter. Marla’s website is http://marlamadison.blogspot.com.
That’s it for this week. Thank you for downloading / listening to this new short story episode. I hope you enjoyed it and I look forward to bringing you another a fortnight. In the meantime, next Monday’s episode will be another red pen session.
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