Archive | July, 2011

Update: Book Four is on its Way

22 Jul

Hi again, I’m letting you know that the fourth in my series of modern Australian  Short Stories is progressing well, I believe.

At nearly the half-way mark, already there is a diversity of themes, plots, and points of view: although, as usual, love  features prominently.

My husband and collaborator Ronald Sharp already has plans in mind for a cover, with the same feel as the earlier editions.

Please watch for further posts.

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More About the Series

17 Jul

Hello,

I thought you’d be interested in more information about the books.

They all have one feature unusual for collections of Short Stories: the first and last stories are linked. Each final tale represents an extension of the first in that readers re-visit main characters, sometimes after life-changing events, and this tends to give a sense of unity and closure to each book.

Australian beaches, parks,  cafes, churches and homes form the scenarios’ backdrop; and this, combined with an Australian style of language, contributes to the stories’ Australian flavour. Love and romance abounds, although most books also feature some tales of human interest.

The books have been read and praised by people from diverse walks of life, such as  medical practitioners, young working adults, and retirees. People tell me they pass them on to others to read and enjoy!

Currently, the main Amazon sites feature at least the first story of each book in the ‘Click here’ feature. Why not read them and gauge my style?

Happy reading!

My First Post

15 Jul

Hi, let me introduce myself. My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I’m a life-long resident of Sydney, Australia.

My husband, Ronald Sharp, and I are collaborating in the production of a series of modern Australian Short Stories, three of which have already been released. They are ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’. ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’, and, just out, ‘The Essence of Life and Love in Australia.’

At 81, Ron has demonstrated that his love of innovation isn’t confined to organ-building. World-renowned as the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, he has stamped his mark on these books by using his special system of word-spacing, which he says is inspired by breathing spaces in singing. Not only does this add to the ease of reading, he believes, it also contributes to the atmosphere and clarity. “It’s so real,” says Ron.”You feel as though you’re there. It makes you wish you were young again.”

I decided to write books of Short Stories in early Spring, 2010, after seeing a large amount of my Letters to the Editor of Sydney newspapers in print. I’d studied Short Story Writing  for four years, and Freelance Journalism for one year, when I was in my late twenties and early thirties, but didn’t pursue it due to family circumstances. However, when Ron encouraged me to give writing another go, I took little convincing.

Those who have commented on my stories emphasize their ease of reading, enthralling nature, and suitability for a wide range of age-groups. My readers have aged between mid-twenties and early nineties, and have come from walks of life as varied as medical practitioners to retirees.

Romance dominates my stories.  Some are quite light and semi-humorous, others are deep, even introspective. The average length is just four pages, making them ideal for time-poor readers. They could be a good choice for people who want a gentle introduction to books, since they are not too challenging to understand.

They are available through Amazon.com. Their list price is U.S.$15.95 each.

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