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I’m not sure what it’s like where you are but it’s rainy and miserable here, never-mind. As awful as the weather is I’m in a positively buoyant mood because my first short-story collection is out!
It’s called Bad Women and, you guessed it, it’s all about women who misbehave. It’s not called Bad People for the very specific reason that these stories aren’t about horrible people but rather women who in some way transgress from the patriarchal, hegemonic ideas of what a woman should be and how she should behave.
I was inspired to write these stories because I love narratives about women I can relate to, women who don’t always say or do the right thing but are honest with themselves about what they need and how they feel. The stories are a lot about love, occasionally romantic but mostly about love between mothers and children, between sisters, and between friends. I believe that female friendship is a theme that could be explored a lot more in fiction because it’s so interesting and powerful so that’s something I wanted to touch on in my stories.
I’ve also included illustrations. They don’t serve much purpose but I want the book to look beautiful, something that can be given as a gift to yourself or others and genuinely enjoyed from cover to cover.
The names of the stories are:
The Femme Fatale Next Door
The Five of Us
Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight
La Belle Dame Sans Merci
They cover themes like heart-break, revenge, friendship, loss and sexuality. I’d recommend them for readers aged 16 and over because of some mature content.
If you fancy giving these a read I hope it will be worth your while. Every writer wants their readers to laugh, and cry, and have their thoughts provoked by their stories but I hope these stories make you smile and if nothing else provide a pleasant little escape from reality, for a moment at least.
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Thank you for reading and speak to you soon.