A New Short Story Collection from Karen Clarke

Author Karen Clarke has a new short story collection out, featuring fifty five of her short stories.  As short reads are considered very suitable for the busy life we lead to day, I can highly recommend this writer.  Her short stories are superb reads.    I took the opportunity to have a chat with Karen about her writing and to ask her to tell us some more about herself......

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Are short stories easier to write than novels?
Short stories are easier in that they’re much quicker to write, and I like the fast turnaround after the much longer time-span involved in writing a novel, but it’s a very different discipline fitting a satisfying story into a thousand words or so and making it exciting/interesting/emotional and satisfying.

What made you want to be a writer?
Our family didn’t have a television growing up, so reading was our entertainment and escapsim and my love of writing sprang from that – I wanted to do what my favourite authors were doing.

Before becoming a full-time writer, what did you work at?
I had many jobs before becoming a writer – and still work part-time in a library – including secretarial work, being a pub manager, a wedding photographer and running a small supermarket.  All good fodder for story-writing!

What inspires you?
Lots of things – stories in the media, overheard conversations, story prompts, and if all else fails I think of a first line and take the story from there – it usually works.
 
It's so hard to make it in short fiction - what's the secret of your success?
Some of my early efforts weren’t that good looking back, but writing improves with practise so I try to write everyday, and submit at least one story a week.  I don’t think I’d ever have got the confidence to start sending them out if I hadn’t joined on online writing group, as the feedback and support is invaluable. Perseverance is key, so (in the style of a certain dance show host)... keeeeep writing :o) 


BEHIND CLOSED DOORS ... AND OTHER TALES WITH A TWIST

A lively collection of fifty-five short stories where nothing is quite as it seems…

A couple on holiday in Italy realise their marriage is over
An ambulance races a pregnant woman to hospital
A passenger on a train rethinks becoming a parent
An uninvited guest causes ripples at a wedding
A woman steps into the spotlight to dance her first tango
A man is followed to the florist’s by his…wife?

Stories of love, loss, hope, betrayal, and the occasional ghost - all with the ending you least expect. 
 
Get it here:  Amazon   Amazon UK


Comments

  1. Thanks for having me, Maria :o)

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  2. A super anthology! ....and a really interesting interview Karen and Maria - thank you! I totally agree that writing improves with practice - and that perseverance is the key!

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  3. Fifty five short stories? Wow Karen, I'm impressed!!! Nice one lady :)

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  4. Super, inspiring interview Maria and Karen.

    I've got your Behind Closed Doors and can't wait to read the stories :o) xx

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  5. Fascinating interview Maria and Karen. I'm really looking forward to reading this book. xx

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  6. It's great to be able to write short stories alongside the novels, the best of both worlds. I have your anthology of short stories on my kindle; can't wait to dip in!

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  7. Fifty-five ‘tales with a twist’ – now that’s what I call a great short story collection. I’m looking forward to reading them, Karen. Thank you both for great interview. Rx

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  8. Hi Mandy, welcome to the blog. Great to see you over here.

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  9. Hello Jill, welcome to the blog. Thanks for coming over to support Karen.

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  10. Delighted to see you over here, Rena.

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  11. 55 of Karen's stories? That should provide plenty of entertainment.

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  12. Thank you all for your lovely comments :o)

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  13. Sounds like an interesting story. Congrats Karen!

    Thanks Maria.

    Nas

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