I used to have a pathological fear of short stories. Not reading them, of course. I’ve always found reading short stories to be a joy, particularly when they’re written well.
I’m talking about writing them. Whether a 500 or 5,000-word limit, the prospect of sitting down and crafting something so precise, with not a word out of place, used to panic me on all sorts of levels.
A few months ago, a truly magnificent (not to mention funny) story hit the headlines of the Plymouth Herald. According to the report, a group of local ghost hunters had managed to catch the first ever ‘elephant ghost’ on camera.
Both Dawlish Warren and Dawlish town are great little seaside spots within a twenty-minute walk of one another. They’re only a short drive from Exeter, so we frequently find ourselves heading in that direction, particularly when the sun’s out.
My publishers sent through the first proofs for the 2nd Dr Ribero front cover this week. There’s something amazing about seeing it for the first time – it makes the book seem more real somehow, and the designer has done an awesome job. Squee!
It’s also lovely to think that the Dr Ribero story will continue. Obviously, when you’re sending your first book off to publishers, you don’t dare to hope that it’ll go any further. So much so, that you might not have planned the next in the series…