Aug 9, 2013
Mammoth ER Romance and Sue Sue Mackay
I confess that until I was approached to write a story for this book I hadn't heard of the Mammoth Book series but the collection is huge.
I love reading short stories for their conciseness, their focus, and the way they drill right to the point. What I don't like about them is that I never seem to quite finish reading one while I'm sitting in the doctor's waiting room. Once I even told my doctor he'd been too quick with hislast patient and could he give me a few more minutes. I returned to sit and finish that story after my appointment.
"The Promise" is my first attempt at a short story. Short didn't seem to mean: will only take a short time to write, will be easier than what I'm used to, can be done between dinner and bed time.
Oh no, this story took forever, was edited a zillion times, and the characters were just as bolshy as they are in my books.
One thing this story and my books had in common was that the characters seemed to have a place where their story finished naturally.
Despite all the editing, etc, I had a lot of fun writing The Promise. It was a change, like having yoghurt for dessert when you're used to having ice cream. Sigh, I wish.