Nuggets is a collection of short fiction for the busy reader. It contains a range of stories with themes including lost love, childhood fantasy, adolescent angst and pre-ordained murder.
Most stories can be read in a couple of minutes. They are designed to give people pleasure in moments snatched from the hurly-burly of modern life.
A small town filled with prying eyes. A high school that tolerates bullying and violence. Parents who cannot handle news of their child being different. These are the three most volatile components of any teen struggling to find their way and the mixture brews more trouble than most can imagine.
Twelve-year-old Chris learned that lycanthropy ran in her family. The hard way. On the desolate family farm dominated by her father’s alcoholism, everyone hides problems. As Chris grows, she spends one night a month locked in the basement and clawing at the door. She yearns for freedom, but can even transforming into a werewolf break the chains in Chris’ own mind?
Semi-autobiographical but mostly fantastical essay on growing up in the outdoors of California in the 1970s, and the importance of having family just as quirky and not-quirky as you are. A coming of age story not really about adolescence, but maybe about being an oddball among oddballs.
Set in the 1970’s, in a small town of Western Australia, ‘Heart’s Promise’ is centred around the life of a young girl, her neighbours, and those living in the community. It is a story of friendship, loss, acceptance, and love.
A dying man with a terrible past and a hidden agenda changes the hearts, minds, and character of The Tadpoles - five angry, stubborn students forced into an after-school program. Hickey’s world of disconnected quirky characters destroys the myth of the American melting pot and turns it into a salad bowl of mixed races growing up together with surprising results.