Spindrift is a collection of stories and poems written by St Leonards Writers. St Leonards on Sea is a small seaside town next to Hastings on the south coast of England, UK. This year (2016) I am the Chair.
We are an enthusiastic group of members who meet once a week to read out our work and receive constructive criticism. We have workshops on writing techniques and genre fiction. Sometimes, we read our work at local festivals and events.
This is the first time that some of the group have ever been published in an e-book.
We all hope that you enjoy these stories and poems. If you do, please consider leaving an honest review.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was a slow starter at reading. The teacher at my primary school, a spinster with a very large bosom, scared the life out of me. A nice old lady who lived opposite helped me learn and the first books I remember reading and enjoying were the Narnia books by CS Lewis. I loved that fantasy world and the adventures that fired my imagination. I didn't understand the religious symbolism until much later. For me, it didn't add or detract anything from the excitement of the stories.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always been an avid reader who wanted to write. Over the last few years the changes in the publishing world have been extraordinary, in particular the control writers have in how and where they want their work to be seen. I think the ability to publish and market a book of your own is a liberation. A lot more work is needed from the indie author, learning how to market your book for example, but the thrill of seeing one of my books published online, available to the whole world, is pretty amazing.
A new story about Rumpelstiltskin. An ordinary man has an extraordinary day. As the waters rise, the paranormal threatens. Personal conflicts are never forgotten when the war is remembered.
These are just some of the stories and poems that you will find in this book. Many of them are set in and around Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea on the south coast of England, UK.
Six excellent dark stories that set my nerves tingling with dread. Out Of Order leaves the reader and the story's protagonist uncertain as to events unfolding beyond a closed door in a railway carriage. That something terrible is going on is implied rather than explained and the terror ratchets up with one twist after another. The Lighthouse and Inside exposes the building trauma that can occur when characters are left in isolation.
I enjoyed all six stories, the three I've highlighted, I loved.