Publication day – what emotions am I supposed to feel?

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So, it’s publication day and I’m wondering what emotions I am going to feel. What emotions should I feel? This has been a dream for so many years, and now it’s finally here. If it has happened to you, I want to know what you felt – did you feel what you were expecting to? Did it hit you a few days later… a few weeks later… when something specific happened? Comment below or on my Twitter feed (@FenceisElectric) and I’ll tell you at the end of the day how it felt for me!!!

So… my debut book is published this week!

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When I was 17 I decided I wanted to be a writer and I started scribbling down stories. I thought that one day I would like to have a book published. In the (many) years between then and now I’ve alternated between writing a bit, writing nothing and writing a lot, then seven years ago I decided to try and see if I could do it, so this… this is all a bit surreal! My debut short story collection My Fence is Electric and Other Stories is published this week, on 18 February, by Odyssey Books. It’s super exciting and super scary and I can honestly say I didn’t really believe it was really happening until a few weeks back. I can’t wait to hold the book in my hands. I hope some of you read it! You can pre-order at Odyssey Books and, if eBooks are your thing, at Amazon and Google Play. I spend more on chocolate at lunchtimes, so treat yourself! You deserve it!

In other news I have a story Winter Rejections in the upcoming anthology From Bloom to Blizzard by Write in 4 Charity Leicester, available on eBook on 20 March. My short story The Last of the Horse Watchers is in the Leicester Writes Short Story Anthology 2019 published by Dahlia Publishing. I also have a letter to a friend entitled More Than Just a Cheese published in An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Leicester edited by Jon Wilkins – an exciting experiment allowing writers to showcase what they love about the city of Leicester. I’ll be reading from the book alongside other local writers at the Cultural eXchanges Festival 2020 at De Montfort University. All details of publications and events in the Publications and Diary sections of this site.

Until next time…

The Last of the Horse Watchers

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My short story The Last of the Horse Watchers has been longlisted in the Leicester Writes 2019 Short Story Prize. The longlist of twenty titles was chosen from over 150 entries. Congratulations to the winners, shortlisted authors and my fellow longlistees. All stories will be published later in the year in the 2019 prize anthology.

“I take an encyclopaedia from the bookcase in the hall, sit on the stairs and watch Alice’s silhouette through the frosted glass, casting occasional nervous glances over my shoulder. I find the entry I am looking for. I know nothing of horses, apart from what my wife has told me, and I sit there, while Alice screams at the film and giggles, reciting the parts of the horse over in my head. Pastern, coronet, fetlock. Gaskin, withers, forelock. Would it temper Alice’s romantic view of them to read the first sentence of the encyclopaedia entry: ‘The horse is an odd-toed ungulate mammal.'”

Em rule… en rule…

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Looking at the edits for my story More Than Just A Cheese for the An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Leicester anthology and it mostly consists of “this should be an em rule not an en rule”! (Yes, I had to Google it!) Who knew there were so many types of hypen!

There will be a launch event for the anthology on Wednesday 30th October at Prana Café on Horsefair Street in Leicester at 6pm. More details nearer the time.