Often with subtle underlying humour, S P Mount's inimitable styling brings thought provoking stories to readers of all ages.
"Originality is key."
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was ten-yrs-old, and it was very much in the style of Enid Blyton's Secret Seven and Famous Five series. I loved those as a child. It was read out a chapter a day at school.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the worlds, the times, and the characters I create. I miss many of them dreadfully when I finish writing a story, so much so that I pop in and visit them on occasion. I feel that I breathe life into characters, so that they are real to me. I enact what I want them to say, and who I want them to be as if they are actual people in my life, and only then will write whatever they do and say. I love getting so lost in the stories I create I feel that I am there in person. The greatest joy of that is escaping into the fantasies of a world with no limits. Worlds where I can call out in a way I might not be able to do in the real world.
Following a catastrophic event, a lone wolf astronaut on a mission to Mars regains consciousness to find he is the only person left in existence. Met only by the pitch of black and a deafening silence, he reflects on the life he thought he hated. Just as his oxygen supply runs out, an astonishing turn of events presents him with an ultimatum that would change the nature of everything he ever knew.
A 20th century aristocrat deserter runs psychological rings around a group of psychiatrists gathered to assess the result of his lobotomy-the first ever conducted in wartime Britain–as well to get him to finally admit to a series of heinous crimes involving the crude hybridization of man and beast. But he's not at all what they expected;Insisting he was sent there by a future version of humankind.
A boy meets whom he thinks is his older self at a Scottish country mansion. If only it were that simple.
Overnight, with the help of a peculiar housekeeper, Julian must decipher the complexity of an unusual Mayan globe together with a mysterious board game originated from an alternate universe - one that manipulates time, dimension and weather and the key to averting a life-changing threat.
Ignatius Ignoramus, The Ill-Fated
on Sep. 08, 2012
TFR, finally - and anyone else reading will know what that stands for by reading the foreword.
How utterly and deliciously ridiculous was this short story. And what a lovely surprise to find it dedicated to myself - although I am not sure at all if I'm proud of being responsible for any author to be able to reach into their inner idiot to produce such a piece of nonsense.
While the story is absolutely ludicrous, and no doubt an amusement, I really think children would really like it too, and I could really see illustrations of the highly inventive characters accompanying this story. But what struck me, and for any reader coming to another, more serious Jerriann Law story, was the sheer flow of the writing and the unusual imagination that are beautifully demonstrated here, an indication of how the author's mind's eye can stray across an abyss of imagination with ease and inventiveness
This little tale is eloquently written and innately told from the heart of a true born storyteller who rose to a challenge to cater to the nonsensical, Yes, I'm acquainted with the author digitally, but I do not give out full marks SIMPLY for that reason. A very well deserved 5 stars for the quality and for conquering a style that, initially, did not come easy to this writer.
Dead Man's Fingers
on Sep. 09, 2012
Familiar with other works of this author, I think this piece was an earlier one. What I find most interesting is her style and word choice, almost foreign to me as a Brit, but I enjoy them, find them quirky. This comes under weird fiction, and most certainly that's what it is. I found the story amusing in that amid everything horrific the characters found themselves, there was time for an obsession with a flying car, a hint of steamy romance as well as the main characters still maintaining a polite demeanour when having tea and cake as if nothing terrible was befalling them at all - which left me wondering if the humour was unintentional as it's not mentioned anywhere. But it certainly made me giggle a few times. With twelve chapters it is a quick, easy and enjoyable read.
on Sep. 26, 2012
If I had been a child, this would have been the kind of story that would have set my intrigue going, an inanimate object with some kind of power attached. As usual, I found the author's choice of wording quirky, middle American, but I guess that's only my own European sensibility; being unaccustomed to it. I don't know much about children's choices today, or what age group this might appeal to, so perhaps not best qualified to comment. Endearing and humorous, perhaps with a latter day innocence and written simply enough for an older 'younger' child to follow on their own.