How’s this for a vote of confidence?
Ronald Sharp B.E.M., my husband, collaborator, and the creator of the Grand Organ in the Sydney Opera House, was sitting at the computer this morning, reviewing and spacing the words of my next collection of Short Stories.
“You’re great, darl! ” he calls out. “How do you do it? You haven’t experienced this, and yet you’ve got it down so perfectly!”
Be that as it may, writers who aspire to engage with their readers on a realistic level need to possess one quality: empathy. It seems to me that , following on from empathy, your imagination can take over and create a convincing response; the crux of good, believable writing.
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?