So, today, if everything goes according to plan, when you read this…my short story collection, OUT OF TIME, should be free for you to download. I give, you take. I’m that kind of guy.
Short stories have always been a difficult animal for me. I find it tough to tell a complete story in such a condensed format. But over the years, I’ve either attempted them on my own or been asked to write one. The five in OUT OF TIME are a combination of my own inspiration and ones that I was asked to contribute. And because I just love to talk about myself, I thought I’d give you a little insight into each story in the collection.
I really learned how to write from the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. When I lived in Colorado, I joined RMFW and then joined an amazing critique group that truly taught me how to write. When I was finally published for the first time, I tried to give back as much as I could – volunteering, mentoring, etc. When the organization decided to put together an anthology and I was asked to write a story to be included, I agreed, despite being terrified of the medium.
I decided to write from a female POV because I’d never done that. And I wanted there to be some conflict, some mystery because that’s what I was most comfortable writing. No idea where the name Lucy Montoya came from – I just saw her at this cabin. In the snow. With her boyfriend. That she couldn’t stand.
I knew it would be different than the others in the anthology and I liked that.
So that’s how Sparring Partner was born.
You can read it now – for free – if you go to Amazon and download OUT OF TIME.