As some of you know I write crime/thrillers. I was happily working on my next book when one morning, something totally different appeared on the page. If you are a non-author you may think I’ve literally lost the plot but the writing community will understand.
I’ve had a tiny idea simmering in the back of my mind for a while and had already sought permission from a special young lady to use her name in a short story I was contemplating and she had kindly agreed.
Well, that particular day as I sat at the laptop with my coffee and brioche, a story formed in its entirety and poured itself out all over the page (thankfully the coffee didn’t join it and stayed in the mug).
After quite a bit of polishing and with a great deal of trepidation, I asked the young lady in question to see if she liked it. I anticipated a:
- ‘yes Auntie Julie it was great,’ or a
- ‘no, Auntie Julie I’m sorry, I really didn’t.’
What I didn’t expect was a full critique, suggestions for improvements and correction of typos!
(extract: ‘you have captured my personality well but on page … paragraph … tears don’t well up in the throat, that would be a lump, tears prick the back of the eyes’)
How could I ignore such clarity of thought and reasoning? So without further hesitation and of course with permission from her parents, I invited Miss Ellie-Mae to join my team as children’s editorial advisor. What better way to write stories for young people than to get a young person to judge them!
This story is now the fourth in my collection with the working title ‘Expect the Unexpected’ which I hope may be published next year. Now back to the day job …
Stop Press: Miss Ellie-Mae has penned a 500 word short story and I hope she will agree to publish it on my blog soon!