Being Different

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Three short fictional stories, showing a young boy, an adult woman and a teenager as they are - different, standing out and isolated.
These snapshots reveal their inner struggles, leaving you wondering what will happen next.

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About River Byrnes

As a child, I used to write a lot of poetry, to help me express my feelings.
In my early twenties, after seeing a programme on television, a friend and I thought 'we can do that', and we soon after found ourselves spending a month hitchhiking in Wales, talking to the people, visiting places, and in the process collecting local paranormal stories, and even putting one to the challenge by spending a night on top of Cadair Idris (by doing that, we were supposed to go mad; I don't think we did, but some might dispute that!). I put all that information together as a book, though I never did try to publish it. When a Canadian friend saw it, she told me that I could have used it to pass a graduate course, she thought it was that good! Obviously, I was chuffed with that.

Child rearing and life in general stopped me from writing for some time, till my kids were a bit older and I found myself spending night after night writing my first children's book, THE HOUSE. I sent it off to a publisher, got a rejection, and then more or less forgot about it.

A few more years passed, and I began to think of taking up writing again. A few short stories emerged, and I started doing a Creative Writing course. This course made me look at my writing more seriously and I joined a local writer's group. I also started another children's book, TRISTAN, got stuck on that for a while, and then ended up writing several short stories.

The Three Hares was one that I had started at the writer's group, finished off at home and then sent off to a competition - the one and only I have ever sent off. And though it didn't win, it did get a Highly Commended.
After that, more short stories emerged.

It is my plan to put several of these up for sale via Smashwords, write some more and to also to get back to TRISTAN and finish it.

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Reviews

Review by: Susan Lancaster on Oct. 10, 2012 :
A thought provoking collection of 3 short stories that briefly explore the lives of people who are deemed to be, in some way, different. Each self contained story is well written in a manner that suggests the author has had some experience of the effect of the problems she is describing. The stories could be used in small group to explain some behaviours and initiate useful discussions or to show siblings and sufferers that they are not alone. Recommended reading.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Rhiannon H Morris on Oct. 05, 2012 :
If you want to get inside the heads of those modern society considers 'Different' this is certainly well worth a ead. I'm not sure to describe this book as good is the right word, enlightening is perhaps closer to the mark.

Personally, I have no experience of any of the issues mentioned in this book, but having my own disability made it posible to connect with some of the emotions presented in these stories.

The reason I give this 4 stars and total the maximum of 5 is simple, I wish the book had been a little longer, but also that there had been some form of contents page, so I could have seen what I was expecting right from the start.

These quibbles aside, its a great collection of very short stories with some deep themes.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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