Though 2014 has passed by without so much as a sniff of any new work it has been a busy year...honest! Since April I've been working on a Noir-Comedy set in Belfast, for which I received an Independent Writer Award from the Arts Council (via NI Screen). This has gone a long way to help explain what appears, at least on the surface, to be a year of inactivity.
This forthcoming year will hopefully see the realization of months, upon months (upon months) of drafting, redrafting, scrapping, rewriting and hair pulling, as Henry Roscoe hopefully finds a home and I, a regular writing gig. That being said, in the midst of all the Noir-based antics of Fast City there has been just enough downtime to scrape together a few short stories; just enough to dare to call them a collection and to give that collection a name; Short Stories That All Definitely Happened.
If you're in any way a regular visitor or a frequent Twitter-er you've probably read at least one. Short Stories will be unleashed in 2015 (date TBC) through Venice Books, CA. A sample of stories can be founds via the links below, though some will change between now and the finished piece.
Enjoy, and Happy New Year!
“Original, hilarious and very clever.”
“Not for the faint hearted […] a well constructed, vivde piece of writing.”
“It will divide opinion […] very powerful.”
“Powerful and thought provoking.”
“Some great lines.”
“A whiff of Bukowski’s attitude and to the point style. Snappy and earthy.”
“A witty, self deprecating humour […] the final sentence did make me grin and wince at the same time.”
“Well written and flowed humorously […] masterful design.”
“A rare voice.”
“Another entertaining piece of writing.”
“An entertaining read.”
“A lot of style to it and dark humour in abundance […] tackles every story subject with ferocity and without fear.”