Welcome to my world, a particular place where fact and fiction tend to collide and combine, embrace and entwine themselves until they re-invent as stories. I can only hope you enjoy some of them.
A lyrical history of the lives, loves and the dreams of several of the inhabitants of Treddoch Harbour.
An anthology of fifteen short stories, ranging from just over one hundred to almost six thousand words.
The published writings so far, consists of a novel and three collections of shorts. I would say short stories, but not all of them are, of course. There’s a travelogue smuggled in amongst them for starters, not to mention a monologue or three on the way as well as a few other odd bits and pieces of thinking that have attached themselves to me as I’ve stumbled along.
A second novel, ‘Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered’, a novella, ‘Legend’ and a collection of monologues, ‘Our Rose, My Reg and Me’, lie waiting in the wings. Vol 4 of Collected Writings is all but ready too.
Style-wise, my writing can, I suppose, be best summed-up as being in the literary genre, if only by default. It’s most definitely not crime, fantasy, horror, chiclit nor any of the other more popular types. It’s also not epic; far from it in fact. It tends to be brief and to the point.
Having exhausted all other possibilities it would seem then that only ‘literary’ is left open to me. It certainly seems to fit under one definition of the term, suggested by Wikipedia, as being writing that’s ‘concerned with social commentary, political criticism, or reflection on the human condition’.
Literary fiction is also considered as typically being character-driven rather than plot-driven. If that’s the case then my writing is definitely in the literary genre as I’m not that great on plot, especially one that’s in any way convoluted.
As far as themes are concerned, I do like to explore that space where fact and fantasy collide, combine, embrace and finally entwine themselves until they re-invent as stories in their own way. Apart from several short stories being like that both my new novel, ‘Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered’ and the novella, ‘Legend’, fall very much into that bracket. The latter in particular, as it’s set amongst the dead of a Cornish, coastal cemetery.
‘Legend’, like ‘Midsummer Dreams’, also features a very assertive cat!