Close Call: Short and Bittersweet

A blend of fact and fiction, this short story collection it is an album of the author’s journey from the womb of the Scottish Highlands into the Big Wide World and into the deepest recesses of her own mind. All with the aid of a cast that includes the spectre of her mother’s mental illness, a superstitious granny, a prince, a vampire, two Hollywood actor lookalikes and some restless chickens ... More

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About M K MacInnes

M K MACINNES is a self-employed writer from the Isle of Skye in the Scottish Highlands now living in the south of Edinburgh. Until now, she has enjoyed a very long and winding career path that has seen her also living in Glasgow, Cumbria and France. It has only taken, what, thirty years to be reunited with her lost love, writing.

"I USED to be embarrassed about having such a 'messy' life path, especially when it came to job interviews. But then when I started writing again, I realised it was a bonus. Or was it the other way around?

On the face of it, everything we experience is a random sequence of events, when in fact our life paths are highly organised, engineered if you like. I think this is common to everybody, but a person whose life is more straightforward will see it less clearly than someone who has a highly complex one. The sometimes eye-rolling twists and turns of my own life have given me an opportunity to see some unexpected patterns and jaw-dropping synchronicities. Luckily for me, these are the kind of insights that are rocket fuel to a writer.

The themes of synchronicity and perception v reality run through my first book, Close Call: Short and Bittersweet, and are the basis of everything I will most likely ever write."

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