After the disappointment that was summer this year, I’ve found myself really loving Autumn – the colours of the leaves in the woods, the moody skies, the abundance of strange-looking mushrooms. I enjoy this time of year and the otherworldly feeling as Halloween draws near. I’ve always liked dressing up for this event and have many photographs of my children cavorting around dressed as wizards and werewolves although they are (mostly) too grown up for this now. This photo is taken from a special Halloween trip we took on Norfolk’s Poppy Line.
I’ve been making some changes to my website using Memberpress. Soon, if you would like to you will be able to buy a membership allowing you to view even more stories and content. Writers often suffer from a double-bind; it can take a long time to get a story published, but if a writer publishes it on their own website it is then ineligible for publication elsewhere. If a writer hopes to publish a collection (traditionally), about half of the stories in it need to be unpublished. I have a collection I hope to publish eventually but I would like to start sharing the stories now.
I am using Memberpress as it is a good way of getting around this problem. Newsletter subscribers will have seen my free PDF of short stories: I will have a Kindle version available for sale on this site shortly and may publish more short stories in this format. The membership will give you a new short story via email every two months as well as the monthly newsletter and discounts on publications.
Meanwhile, if you would like to enjoy some short stories for Halloween, here are some of mine, Swing Me, Crow Girl, Hagstone and (from my podcast) Call Bird.