Harley Crowley resides in Escondido. She and her husband, who is a painter, have recently returned to their southern California roots, and she is appreciating the climate and environment she grew up with. But she misses and is grateful to her writing community in Bellingham, WA, who gave her the opportunity and encouragement to finally get to work. She writes mostly flash fiction and prose poetry, but has finished editing a short novel with the help of her splendid new writing group in Escondido. That book, "Clean Slate" is now available at Smashwords, along with a collection of very short stories, "Those Plums," that have been previously published in online literary magazines.
Beyond that, she enjoys reading -- short stories in particular; traveling, especially by train; and staying in touch with family and friends. It's a good life.
(The cover image for "Those Plums" was created by Mike Crowley, who manipulated one of his watercolor sketches until it achieved the proper weirdness to illustrate the title story.)
Rae Ellen Lee
on Dec. 07, 2011 :
With my new e-reader, I downloaded THOSE PLUMS, as I was looking for something to read during short bus commutes. The concept of reading flash fiction made sense. And they were just the ticket (forgive the pun). The stories are lively and surprising, and I almost missed my bus stop. Some of them are irreverent, others poignant, and a couple are downright strange. Later I was still pondering a few of the stories, like who are these people, that an elderly aunt and uncle would give a niece a sex toy after her husband dumped her. Really. I’m looking for more tales from this author.
(reviewed 51 days after purchase)