Sunday, 28 July 2013

#SampleSunday featuring Jenny Worstall: Peacock and Dragon

Today's post is from Jenny Worstall, another London based author (and, like us, she has lived in Portsmouth too - small world!). She's here to tell us about her new short story collection 'Peacock and Dragon' which is currently available for a mere 99c/ 77p. Without further ado, here's Jenny.

Peacock and Dragon’ is my new short story collection, published a few days ago and available from all amazon sites.

Peacock and Dragon at amazon.co.uk
Peacock and Dragon at amazon.com

The first story, ‘Strawberry Thief’, opens with a cutting from a local newspaper telling of the discovery of a young child’s skull and other small bones from at least a hundred years ago. The story was a finalist in the Words Unlimited Short Story Contest 2013, a wonderful competition inspired by an idea of Sean Campbell’s and put together by author Julia Hughes. What made this competition stand out was the nature of the challenge – competitors had to write a short story within 72 hours that would fit the cover designed by Laura Wright LaRoche of LLPix. The clock was ticking (literally – Julia Hughes set up a clock on the website to remind us to hurry up!) as writers on both sides of the pond scribbled furiously, and at the end of the allotted time, all were agreed on one important point – it had been a lot of fun!

The second story, ‘Peacock and Dragon’, portrays a young woman facing an age old dilemma. I wrote this as a companion story to Strawberry Thief; I had got a bit carried away with William Morris references in the first story and started noting down the names of his wallpaper and textiles designs, and when I came across ‘Peacock and Dragon’, I felt compelled to write a second Morris inspired story.

‘Love is Enough’ is about jealousy and the dark consequences it can lead to. The story started as a hundred and forty word challenge (from the Words Unlimited site )and grew into a short story, thankfully with its title the only William Morris reference.

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5 comments:

  1. Thanks Sean! Your interest and help is much appreciated. I still don't understand how you and Dan managed to write a novel in 90 days - amazing determination!

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    1. I think the secret is that by not knowing what we were doing, we were free to make all sorts of mistakes without worrying (or even knowing) about it. Typing is quick - at 50wpm (pretty slow) that's a potential 3000 words an hour... or a whole novel in 27 hours of work. Three days of 9am til 6pm, with a whole hour for lunch.

      So much of the time needed to write is spent thinking, plotting, planning and revising rather than actually writing. The sequel is taking miles longer - we're now accutely aware of where we what we could do better, and trying to improve on that is slow going. That fear of failure is useful in one way - it should mean we turn out a better book... but it can easily become crippling if left unchecked.

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    2. I am reading Dead on Demand at the moment and thoroughly enjoying it - a very powerful story line and fast pace. Looking forward to the sequel!

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  2. Thrilled to think the contest on "Words" was one of the kick starts to a new collection of short stories by Jenny Worstall. IMO, it's harder to write a riveting short story than a full length novel - every word has to count. Looking forward to reading Peacock & Dragon, as I'm a massive fan of your previous titles:)

    Julia x

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    1. Thanks Julia! I will be very interested to know what you think.

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