Category: Authors

Michael J. Farrell

Michael J Farrell
Michael J Farrell

Michael J. Farrell is author of ‘The Christmas Card’.

Author Bio

Michael was born in the Irish midlands. Then he went to school and has degrees in philosophy, theology, creative writing and communications (doctorate).

In the late 1960s he founded and edited the literary journal Everyman, later named Aquarius. This featured the illuminati of that opinionated time. Seamus Heaney was poetry editor, back when the world was young. In 2009 Farrell edited and the Liffey Press published the highlights: Creative Commotion: The Everyman/Aquarius Anthology, 1968-1974.

Farrell spent nearly half his life in the USA. Many years were devoted to journalism. He did book reviews for the Los Angeles Times. Editor for some years of the liberal National Catholic Reporter. Edited a few nonfiction books, contributed to others. His novel, Papabile, won the Thorpe Menn Award in 1998.

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Steve Wade

Steve Wade
Steve Wade

Steve Wade is the author of The Christmas Market.

Author Bio

A prize nominee for the PEN/O’Henry Award, 2011, and a prize nominee for the Pushcart Prize, 2013, Steve Wade’s fiction has been published widely in print and online. His work has won awards and been placed in prestigious writing competitions, including being shortlisted in the Francis McManus Short Story Competition, 2013 (the story was recorded by a professional actor and Broadcast on RTE Radio One), shortlisted among five in the Wasafiri Short Story Prize 2011, a nomination for the Hennessy New Irish Writer Prize, and Second Place in the International Biscuit Publishing contest, 2009. His novel ‘On Hikers’ Hill’ was awarded First Prize in the UK abook2read Literary Competition, December 2010 – among the final judging panel was the British lyricist sir Tim Rice. His fiction has been published in over twenty-five print publications, including Crannog, Zenfri Publications, New Fables, Gem Street, Grey Sparrow, Fjords Arts and Literary Review, and Aesthetica Creative Works Annual.

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Anne Wilson

Anne Wilson
Anne Wilson

Anne Wilson is the author of ‘Waiting for Christmas’.

Author Bio

I grew up in the north-west of England around the Morecambe Bay area and have always filled my free time with my favourite hobbies of reading and writing.

I also lived for a number of years on the Balearic Island of Mallorca which inspired my first novel, Here Be Dragons: A Tale of Mortals, Myths and Mystery, set in Mallorca and Denmark. I have a journal-blog on my website telling the story of these ex-pat years.

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Andrew Willmer

Andrew Willmer
Andrew Willmer

Andrew Willmer is the author of The Temple.

Born and raised in a leafy London suburb, Andrew’s first forays into writing consisted of illustrating comic books before he progressed onto appalling space operas! These days he focuses his attention on historical fiction and short stories. Aside from writing, Andrew’s main interests are losing money on the stock market, breeding leopard geckos and speaking terrible French. He is currently writing more Henry Chiswick adventures.

Author Q & A

Can you tell us about the inspiration behind this story?

I suppose Chiswick started out as a kind of Indiana Jones type character. However, I was keen to try and do something darker and make him a bit more world weary and jaded. As for the setting, I wanted to play around with the idea of this alternate historical reality and just see where that took me.

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Helen Holmes

Helen Holmes
Helen Holmes

Helen Holmes is author of The Biter Bit.

After a career in Education, Helen revved up her idling brain by taking an MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University. One of her short stories won a New Writing North competition; others have been shortlisted for Cinnamon Press, Mslexia, The Fine Line and Lightship competitions. Her work has been published in six anthologies. She was one of the first cohort to take part in Cinnamon Press’s mentoring scheme, which resulted in the completion of a collection of short stories. Helen lives with her husband in north Northumberland.

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Johanna Skibsrud

Johanna Skibsrud photographed by Dan Davis
Johanna Skibsrud photographed by Dan Davis

Johanna Skibsrud authored ‘The Opening’.

Canadian Johanna Skibsrud’s first novel The Sentimentalists won the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s most prestigious literary award. She is also the author of a collection of short stories and two collections of poetry. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Author Q& A

Can you tell us about the inspiration behind this story?

It’s based on a dream that my husband had. Now that I’ve written the story, neither of us can remember what he dreamed and what I imagined.

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Jamie Ryder

Jamie Ryder
Jamie Ryder

Jamie Ryder is the author of Bluebirds.

Bio

I’m an aspiring writer and journalist from Manchester England. I’ve recently graduated with a 2:1 Creative Writing degree at Edge Hill University. I’ve written for several online magazines such as theinflectionist.com, apy2hyc.com, thepositive.com and mediaprint.com. I’m currently working on my first novel while studying for my MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Author Q & A

Can you tell us about the inspiration behind this story?

The inspiration for Bluebirds came from memories from my granddad who fought at Anzio. I wanted to create an authentic WW2 background  for the protagonist John. So I asked him about his experiences and worked some of them in through flashbacks.

I wanted to create a love story that isn’t conventional in the sense that it has an open and shut ending. I wanted to provide a sense of hope but leave the reader to draw their own conclusion by the end of it.

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Patrick Sagaram

Patrick Sagaram
Patrick Sagaram

Patrick Sagaram is the author of Dark Disneyland. Patrick lives in Singapore and works as a Teacher.

Author Q & A

Can you tell us about the inspiration behind this story?

It’s a meditation on the life and what it means to live in my city. It’s also about the obsession with wealth, career, indulgences and possessions. How a city has become a playground for the self-serving affluent class and a waypoint for sojourners.

When did you start writing?

Probably in my mid-thirties. I wrote for the sheer enjoyment that writing brings.

Do you have a favourite genre?

Realism, magic realism, surrealism

What’s your favourite book or short story?

Milan Kundera’s The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

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Lauren Bell

Lauren Bell
Lauren Bell

Lauren Bell is the author of flash fiction piece ‘Clay’.

Lauren lives in Birmingham, is often drunk on inspiration and will attempt to start work on a novel soon. Her work has been published by Word Bohemia, Synaesthesia Magazine, Bare Fiction, The Casket of Fictional Delights and Storgy Magazine where she is a contributing writer.

Short Story Sunday Q & A with Lauren Bell

Can you tell us about the inspiration behind this story?

As a writer you are constantly attuned to your environment, looking for things which stand out, meaning you take in pretty much everything including the people, the land, the transport, the sky etc. Clay came to me when I was on the train on my way to work and saw this young woman’s profile silhouetted against the slate grey backdrop of Birmingham. Her features were small and sharp, perfect points, as though someone had created them using clay. That’s when I thought: Hey, maybe I could write a piece about a person whose features are made from clay.

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Chrysler Szarlan

Chrysler Szarlan
Chrysler Szarlan

Chrysler Szarlan is the author of short story ‘The True Color of The Sky’.

Chrysler is a published author who jogged racehorses and worked as a magician’s assistant before graduating from law school. She was a managing attorney with the Connecticut Legal Rights Project. She lives in western Massachusetts with her family, works part-time as a bookseller at the Odyssey Bookshop and rides her horse in the Hawley Forest whenever possible.

Short Story Sunday Q & A with Chrysler Szarlan

Can you tell us about the inspiration behind this story?
I was with a friend who sewed (I do not!), and we were looking at fabric. She bought a piece of stone-washed denim – this was in the 80’s – and I saw all kinds of images in it, including the Virgin Mary. I guess that stayed with me, and it came to me as the beginning of this story, many years later. And I have always been fascinated by memory, the persistence of some memories, the loss of others. What it would be like to know you are slowly going to lose your memories, and what would seem important then.

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