Queer as Folk
A new collection of short stories launches on 31st March in Kindle format. Pre-order is open now. A paperback version will be available in April. As with her first collection of stories the author focuses on what makes ordinary people do extraordinary things.
The author? The author? Why am I writing in the third person? Weird, huh? Just one example of why we do queer things.
I’m taking over now. First person from now on. Bugger tradition.
In Arse(d) Ends, my first collection, I used words ending in the letters a.r.s.e. as a queer and quirky link with the narrative. In Queer as Folk each story is subtitled by a profound saying, well-known or otherwise.
For example, in January Girl I chose the following:
The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.
Mark Twain 1835-1910
For the story, Yorkshire Grit I chose:
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950
How queer am I?
Oh, I’m queer. So are we all. Life makes us that way. Maybe our lives are all about following our paths to un-queer ourselves. Perhaps at the end we can count ourselves lucky if we came through having coped with the journey the best we could with whatever resources we possessed.
One of my resources is a particular kind of sense of humour. I have a penchant for dark tales. I mean, I’m into tales of revenge where it backfires or accidental comeuppance for the nasty perpetrator who has made a telling mistake. For me, humour is a way of expressing hope. I want to give my readers a sense of satisfaction at the end of my stories that everything worked out just the way it should.
In Queer as Folk there are 21 stories, 1 poem and a 14 Tweet story I posted live on Twitter (told you I was queer).
As with my first collection some stories are longer than others. I like that variety. Sometimes shorter narratives pack quite a punch. It all depends on the subject matter.
I hope you enjoy this new collection. Here’s a link to my author page on Amazon UK.
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