Bailey’s Writing Tips podcast – short stories episode no.18

Bailey’s Writing Tips podcast ‘short stories’ episode number 18 went live today and contained three flash fiction pieces that have appeared on my blog as Flash Fiction Fridays. Do email me should you like to submit your own.

This episode contained: are Family History (996 words) by octogenarian memoirist, non-fiction, fiction author and interviewee Johnnie Johnson, which he read himself for an authentic Geordie (north of England) accent. Then we had The Masterpiece (487 words) by suspense / romance, historical and speculative fiction author Linda Rondeau and The McKenna Chronicles – Home Warranty Companies (991 words) by short story author, novelist and blogger Terry Ambrose.

See the links above to read the stories… or hear my dulcet tones on the podcast, which is available via iTunesGoogle’s FeedburnerPodbean (when it catches up), Podcasters (which takes even longer) or Podcast Alley (which doesn’t list the episodes but will let you subscribe).


JohnnieJohnnie Johnson has been retired since 1988 since which time he has written 25 books including two novels. Most were traditionally published, others, such as the recently published e-travelogue, A VIRGIN IN THE PHILIPPINES, have been self-published. His website is


Winner of the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel (The Other Side of Darkness / Harbourlight), Linda Rondeau, writes for the reader who enjoys a little bit of everything. Her stories of redemption and God’s mercies include romance, suspense, the ethereal, and a little bit of history into the mix, always served with a slice of humor. Walk with her unforgettable characters as they journey paths not unlike our own.

Linda RondeauAfter a long career in human services, mother of three and wife of one very patient man, Linda now resides in Florida where she is active in her church and community.  Readers may visit her website at

Her second book, written under L.W. Rondeau, America II: The Reformation, is a futuristic political thriller available in ebook on and Barnes and Noble and her third is ‘It Really is a Wonderful Life’ available from and and latest, due out next week, is I Prayed for Patience/God Gave Me Children.


TerryTerry Ambrose started out skip tracing and collecting money from deadbeats and quickly learned that liars come from all walks of life. He never actually stole a car, but sometimes hired big guys with tow trucks and a penchant for working in the dark when “negotiations” failed.

A resident of Southern California, he loves spending time in Hawaii, especially on the Garden Island of Kauai, where he invents lies for others to read. His years of chasing deadbeats taught him many valuable life lessons including—always keep your car in the garage.

Terry’s website:, his blog, The McKenna Chronicles, is at and his books are available on Amazon and Smashwords.


Thank you for downloading / listening to this short story episode – I hope you enjoy it. The next episode will return in four weeks. The red pen sessions which usually alternated with the short story episodes are now being run on the blog as

All the details of these episodes are listed on this blog’s Podcast Short Stories page and my email address to submit a short story for critique (or review for the Short Story Saturdays) is

The podcast is available via iTunes, Google’s Feedburner, Podbean (when it catches up), Podcasters (which takes even longer) or Podcast Alley (which doesn’t list the episodes but will let you subscribe).


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As I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t unfortunately review books but I have a list of those who do, and a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me posting it online in my new Red Pen Critique Sunday night posts then do email me. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

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