Each month, I will invite a guest storyteller along to my blog to tell us a little about themselves (preferably in less than 50 words and written in 3rd person) and to showcase 100-600 words of their writing: either a stand-alone piece of flash fiction or an extract from a longer work that reads as a tale within a tale.
Also, from September 2014 there’s a new little extra (although not compulsory): to provide a two-sentence story hook. For those who don’t know what this is, it’s describing your story or novel in a couple of sentences to hook the reader. And if you’re intending to submit your piece of work to a publisher or agent at some point, you can use this same hook in your query or covering letter, so it’s not a wasted exercise.
If possible (but again not compulsory) I like to post a picture of the guest storyteller along with their bio. The image needs sending as a jpg attachment, preferably in 85 pixels to the inch resolution.
I will post each story on the first Saturday of the month.
On this page, I will post the links to their stories, so that later visitors to my blog can do a catch-up read of story posts they have missed.
I’m taking a month’s break from running a Guest Storyteller slot in May, but please watch this space for news of June’s guest storyteller.
1st April: May Be Sometime is a speculative flash fiction by Robert C Day, an MA student of Creative Writing who used to blog but vanished overnight without explanation.
2nd July: System Timeout is a science fiction story of the cyberpunk/genetic engineering variety, written by Allie Potts as a companion piece to her published novel The Fair & Foul.
7th May: An extract from the breathlessly exciting standalone crime thriller Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard published by Corvus/Atlantic in the UK and Ireland on May 5th.
2nd April: An extract from Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee, an entertaining non-fictional account of Cee Tee Jackson’s work as a pet professional.
5th March: The Gingerbread House , a short story with a wickedly humourous twist.
6th February: An extract from Shizzle, Inc, the hilarious chic-lit humour novel by Ana Spoke.
2nd January: The Trek , an inspirational story by Dale Rogerson.
5th September: The Mountain Road, a dark fantasy story by Joshua Munns.
6th June: Accidents Happen, a crime story with a delicious twist by Louise Jensen.
4th April: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Sentences, Leigh-Ward Smith’s Bulwer-Lytton style speculative microfiction, plus a little challenge for my readers.
7th March: A children’s story-in-rhyme by Penny Howe, Horton hears a TARDIS, is written in the style of Dr Seuss in celebration of his birthday in the first week of March.
3rd January: An extract from David Milligan-Croft’s novel Peripheral Vision , about a young boy blinded by his father and his subsequent descent into a life of crime and drugs.
1st November: Shoveling Conversation, Christy Birmingham’s multi-layered portrayal of when the same words mean different things to a man and a woman.
4th October: White Feather, Andrea Stephenson’s poignant story about a questionable method they used to shame men into enlisting in the First World War.
6th September: The Enhanced, the prologue to Leigh Ward Smith’s work-in-progress, a science fiction novel about genetically enhanced humans with canid capabilities.
4th May: An Extract from Niamh’s dream journey (Tales of the Tuatha), Cybele Moon‘s magical folk tale, accompanied by some of her unique photo-illustrations: an ongoing work she’s publishing on her blog.
1st February: Hidden Courage, a medical tale by I. J. Sarfeh, who is a retired surgeon and Professor Emeritus, now pursuing his passion for writing.
6th January 2014: The Most Noble Story, a traditional-style tale by professional storyteller, Naomi Baltuck. You can also find a word and picture version of the same story at her blog Writing Between the Lines.