I love stories.

I listen to them. I watch them on TV, videos, or movies. I read them.

And I write them.

I’ve written almost every kind of story there is. Mystery, romance, confession, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, horror, and every other kind I can think of and garnered a couple prizes and ‘best-selling’ author designations along the way.

I’ve written short stories, novellas, and novels.

In the process I’ve learned that my favorite stories are science fiction and paranormal. Preferably the two combined.

My stories are always clean, they are always either contemporary or near future, they always have at least a slight romantic element, and they always end happily. Always. Guaaranteed. (Okay, two short stories, ‘The River Boy’ and ‘Down From The Mountain’ have endings that might not be considered completely happy. Maybe just somewhat happy. You decide.)

Check out the covers below and see what you think. And have a happy, happy day.


Why are short stories interesting to readers?

A confession: I love short stories!

I love them because they are short. I suspect that’s why many — maybe most — people like them. Because they are short.

That said, they are not simple. Many people think a short story is an easy thing to write. A piece of fluff. A lazy person’s output. A writer’s cop-out.

What they really are is a long story — a novel — with all the extraneous material thrown out and everything that’s essential to the story retained, refined and highlighted so the reader gets what the story is about without having to wade through a lot of stuff that was included because the author was too lazy to think about what they wanted to say so said everything that popped into their head. Or because the author needed to meet a word count to make their book fit into a particular category in which word count was important.

Short stories don’t concern themselves with stuff like that.

They are about the story.

Only the story.

Just the story.

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