Tag Archives: Australian Short Stories

A Day of Happy Surprises

26 Sep

What a pleasant day it’s been!

My first surprise came in the shape of a most encouraging comment from one of you, about my article ‘What Makes a Collector?’

Next came the extraordinarily rapid appearance of my latest collection of Short Stories, ‘Reflections of Life and Love in Australia’, on the Amazon site.  I typed in my name, clicked onto ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’, and there it was: a miniature of my newest book, which was produced in collaboration with my husband Ronald Sharp B.E.M.;  and a link to its web-page!  Wow!

The final surprise came in the form of an unexpectedly sunny, mild day.  After a rather gloomy weekend, weather-wise, it was a treat to get out for a walk, and smell the Spring flowers.

What will tomorrow bring?

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‘Reflections of Life and Love in Australia’ Published!

25 Sep

Any day now, and my fourth book of modern Australian Short Stories will be visible by the computer screen, on my Amazon.com pages.

Entitled, you guessed it, ‘Reflections of Life and Love in Australia’, this is another easy to read collection of mostly romantic tales, although this time, there are several interesting ones of  Human Interest variety.  ‘Hand in Hand’, the story of parental dilemma over sport versus musicianship, and ‘A Secret Banished’, about a grandma’s decision to improve her reading skills, are both to be found here.

The love stories are many, and delve into a variety of scenarios.  Most end happily, with the couples staying together; though, as in life, some situations end in disintegration.  All in all, there’s something for (almost ) anyone.

As Editor and collaborator, my husband Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House,  has stamped his mark, spacing the words out in the same musically-inspired fashion that he employed in the three previous volumes. Throughout his reading, he’s constantly praising the quality of my writing.  I hope others share his opinion!

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Why Do I Write?

27 Aug

I suppose all writers have asked themselves at some stage, “Why am I doing this?”

Equally, I guess, there’s been a diversity of answers;  hence, the reference to myself personally in this title.

Writing is an affirmation of self. That is to say, it validates the existence of the writer, confirming them as a human being;  and,  unarguably, unique, since every human differs from the next person.  This concept applies even to identical twins,  since they are individuals first,  and twins, second.

Similar to photography, writing attempts to seize life, and put it on paper, or, these days, on a screen. Perhaps this can also be seen as a validation of life, for it seems to fall into the same categories:  proof of existence, and an example of self and subject at that particular time.

Apart from all those deep concepts,  writing can be used as a way of shaping society’s opinions and ideas, and motivating people to change.  By getting it off their chest, writers can also feel that they have unburdened themselves, and at least tried to make a difference.

Why do I write books?   Well, my books of Short Stories are composed to entertain, and to shed light on human nature, irrespective of whether or not the reader approves of the outcome.  At the very least, the theme of each story is planted into the reader’s mind.

Finally, I must concede that I write in the hope of getting some credit for my work, and, hopefully, make an honest dollar or two in the process.

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Ron Loves Book Four

20 Aug

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.

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Who is Margaret Sharp?

19 Aug

As both a writer of ‘Letters to the Editor’ of my local paper, ‘The Leader’, and as an author of books, it may be confusing to my readers that I ‘m known as Margaret Sharp in the former, and Margaret Lynette Sharp in the latter.

One of my letters appeared in yesterday’s edition of my local Sydney suburban newspaper; a piece about public libraries. Formerly, the paper chose many of my letters that were aimed at saving a local historically significant building, a cause which, sadly, faced defeat.

Readers of ‘The Leader’ may be interested to see a few of my Short Stories. The main Amazon.com web site features  ‘Click here’, and that can get you to the first pages of each of my books. Please Google Margaret Lynette Sharp, and find a title in my ‘Life and Love’ series that appeals to you.

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Ronald Sharp says Stories are “intriguing”

17 Aug

Yesterday, my husband and collaborator Ronald Sharp B.E.M. worked on spacing the words of my fourth collection of Australian Short Stories. As he ended off for the day, he said that he doesn’t like to stop work because the stories are “intriguing”, and that he “can’t wait to get to the end to find out what happened.”

He tells me that they engross and engage him to such a degree that he often bursts into tears at their conclusion.

You can read the first story in each published book if you Google Margaret Lynette Sharp, and go to the main Amazon.com  site.

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About ‘Life and Love’

16 Aug

‘Life and Love’ is the common thread of titles and themes in my series of modern Australian Short Stories.

By ‘Life’, I mean human interest stories; tales that shed light on human nature, and document scenes and situations that people may find themselves in, without necessarily involving romance. My first book ,’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’, contains several of these, as does my fourth.

My ‘Love’ stories are, of course, romances. Mostly, they end happily, though, as in real life, sometimes they don’t; therefore, the outcomes aren’t totally predictable. The final stories of each volume are linked by characters to the first, and often resolve the unhappiness of a lover.

Many people have told me that they liked ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’, but sadly few have had the time to publish this comment.

The ‘Amazon.com’ site features ‘Click here’, so that you can read at least the first story in each book.

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About Margaret Lynette Sharp

15 Aug

Hi again,

This is to tell my readers something about me and my life.

I am very happily married to Ronald Sharp B.E.M., best known as the builder of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House. Since we are both creative people, we encourage and support each other in our projects. Certainly, without his enthusiasm for my writing, I would not have reached the stage of having three volumes of Australian Short Stories published, and available from Amazon.com; and the fourth book nearly there.

We live in a quiet Sydney suburb, in a rather small, old brick house, surrounded by things that interest us. Ron and I both play the piano, and we both like the same type of music, mostly Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. Twice a month we go rock and roll dancing, which is a lot of fun.

I have been involved with the local amateur swimming club for decades as a competitor, and have finished in dozens of one kilometre events. The last season, I swam in every freestyle event, which helped me to win the ladies point-score by the narrowest of margins. I guess that goes to show that perseverance can overcome deficiencies in ability.

I love the beach, and try to go there at least once a week, all year round. It’s just so beautiful, even when swimming is out of the question due to low water temperature.

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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.

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!