Saturday, February 4, 2012

Fingers Crossed

Earlier this week I finished and sent off my murder mystery story for the next Minnesota Crime Wave anthology. They’re the folks who put together Resort to Murder, which I have a story in. I hope they like it. It was a bugger to write – I restarted the thing at least half a dozen times. I kept changing the point of view, the number of characters, etc. At first it was from one person’s pov, then another’s, then an omniscient pov, before I finally settled on the way I thought best to tell the story. I changed the beginning a bunch of times, cut out a scene I really liked (since it didn’t work with the pov I ended up using) but eventually the story shaped up, and I like how it turned out. I also learned what a pomander is.

So for now, I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Branches - 3 Stories about Family

I released a new mini-collection of three short stories that's currently only available on Amazon.

"BRANCHES contains three short stories about family relationships in general, parent-child relationships in particular.

In 'Korean Mother is Dying' a divorced mother deals with the difficulties of raising a teenage daughter while coming to grips with her own past.

In 'A Hand to Hold' a mother and her son form a bond over an elderly woman who lives across their street.

In ''Jump!' the Water Master Cried' a father brings her daughter to meet her grandfather for the first time to see if there's anything left to salvage of a damaged relationship.

While mostly known for his horror and suspense novels and short stories, here author Joel Arnold presents a trio of emotionally charged literary shorts that just may leave you crying, cheering, or both."


Take a look if you get a chance!