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This Alone Could Save Us is OUT NOW!

My new flash fiction collection This Alone Could Save Us has officially been published this week by Ad Hoc Fiction! The collection explores the theme of how well we handle change, as well as how our expectations of others don’t always match with the reality.

You can purchase This Alone Could Save Us from the Ad Hoc Fiction Bookshop by following clicking HERE. You can also purchase the book on Amazon, on Kindle, and on Kobo.

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The manuscript itself was finalised at the end of January 2020, and the world has changed in unimaginable ways since then…

Nonetheless, it was great to be able to celebrate the launch of This Alone Could Save Us via an online Zoom launch, the sort of which we’re very much used to now!

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I wasn’t sure what was more nerve-racking: reading to a room full of people or reading alone in a room to a screen of little faces staring at me with their mics on mute. On the plus side, these online events mean that so many people can attend events that they may not be able to do so otherwise. As well as the UK, people from the US, Belgium, and Ireland (and maybe other places?) were able to come along! When we are eventually allowed to do events out in the wild again, I hope events will become a kind of digital-physical hybrid.

It was great fun being able to read new stories from this collection, including some of my favourite published and unpublished stories, including Curving the Pointy Edges which was published in SmokeLong Quarterly at the end of last year.

It was also special because I was lucky enough to have some guest readers to help me launch the book: Kathy Fish, Meg Pokrass, Vanessa Gebbie, and Diane Simmons. These are all writers I greatly admire, and they were so kind enough to not only provide advance praise for the book but to also find the time to come to this launch. Their stories were absolutely stunning!

On publication day itself, my publisher surprised me with a socially-distanced visit along with a book-cover cake! I wasn’t expecting this at all, but I have always wanted to see my book on a cake! Unfortunately, the cake was so delicious that it didn’t last very long!

To round off, I would share a A HUGE THANK YOU to the following people: Kathy Fish, Meg Pokrass, Vanessa Gebbie, Diane Simmons, Angela Readman, and Robert Scotellaro for providing kind words for the back of the book; Stuart Buck for the incredible cover artwork; everyone who attended the launch, has purchased the book, and who has shared and helped me celebrate these stories; and to Jude Higgins and John at Ad Hoc Fiction, without whom this book wouldn’t exist!

 

You can purchase This Alone Could Save Us from the Ad Hoc Fiction Bookshop by following clicking HERE. You can also purchase the book on Amazon, on Kindle, and on Kobo.

‘I’m Growing My New Boyfriend in a Petri Dish’ Published in Flash Frontier today!

Today my flash fiction ‘I’m Growing My New Boyfriend in a Petri Dish’ was published in the September 2015 issue of Flash Frontier, which was on the theme of science. You can read my story, and other wonderful flashes, by following this link here.

Here’s what the two guest editors, Kathy Fish and Tania Hershman, have to say about this issue:

Guest Editors Kathy Fish and Tania Hershman on this issue:

Tania and I share a love of science (though Tania’s more knowledgeable that I am), so our “theme” presented itself immediately. I was very curious to see what flash writers would do with the theme in such limited space. We received a fascinating mix and they were great fun to read. I especially enjoyed the stories where the writer allowed her imagination free rein. And when the writing itself was striking, so much the better! We went through two rounds of reading the 77 submissions we received for this issue and made some difficult decisions, but trust you’ll enjoy the mix of science themed stories we have selected for this issue of Flash Frontier!
-Kathy Fish
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What I am always looking for, but especially with very very short stories, is a piece that marries a compelling story with a love for language, one that grips me from the very start and never lets me go. Yes, even a 250-word flash story can become baggy in the middle! When it comes to fiction inspired by science, here I wanted to be delighted by an original take on a scientific topic, one not constrained by fact but where imagination was let loose – plus the above-mentioned story and love for language. An idea is not enough, you have to find a way to involve the reader in the story, make us feel. I was thrilled by how many submissions we got, and how varied they were – although for quite a few writers science was something done at school and never since! Between us we chose, we hope, a variety of styles and approaches, but all great stories, all not just fitting themselves into the length constraints but celebrating brevity, using it to tell a story that would become an entirely different animal if longer, and often sliding in some science with playfulness. Thank you to all those who submitted, keep playing with science!

-Tania Hershman

It is wonderful to be in this edition of Flash Frontier and to have had my story selected by two incredible flash fiction writers I admire. ‘I’m Growing My New Boyfriend in a Petri Dish’ as a title gives you, I believe, a taster of what to expect from the flash, but I do encourage you to check it out! I’m particularly proud of this flash, and I hope you enjoy it as much as Kathy and Tania did to select it for Flash Frontier.

‘I’m Growing My New Boyfriend in a Petri Dish’ to be Published by Flash Frontier in their September / Science Issue!

I’m very happy to share with you all that my flash fiction ‘I’m Growing My New Boyfriend in a Petri Dish’ has been accepted for publication in Flash Frontier‘s September issue, which will be on the theme of Science.

All submissions were read blind and selected by two very good well known flash fiction writers: Kathy Fish and Tania Hershman. This particularly excites me because Tania Hershman is a writer who I admire a lot and inspired me to write flash fiction in the first place. During my first year at Bath Spa University Tania was invited to do a reading from her newest collection My Mother Was an Upright Piano and if you have no idea what I’m talking about get your hands on a copy and read it now.

This is the first time I’ll be published by Flash Frontier, which is edited by two great flash fiction writers Michelle Elvy and James Norcliffe.

I can’t wait for this issue to be published and to read the other stories that’ll be featured.

As you can probably guess from the title ‘I’m Growing My New Boyfriend in a Petri Dish’ is a flash fiction about an individual who decides to grow themselves a new boyfriend. To find out why you’ll have to wait until it’s published!