I often write short stories because sometimes, I focus on one intense moment in a person’s life. Or a few intense weeks.
Not every story grows into a full-blown novel, but that doesn’t mean they are less than a novel.
In fact, writing them requires just as much craft and work, just in a different way. Here are seven of my short stories for your enjoyment.
“When winter and romance collide, they create an unpredictable force. […] Featuring nineteen short stories from bestselling authors as well as talented new writers, you’ll never view romance the same.”
When Ylanda and her dragon Rakild seek shelter from a massive blizzard, they couldn’t know they would share their cave with an enemy. And yet… they have to choose between fighting to the death or cooperating in order to survive. Logic dictates a truce. However, when that cooperation grows into something more, they are challenged to examine all kinds of boundaries.
“Coming Home for Christmas”
Peter is coming home, after fighting in the trenches of France in the year 1917. It’s difficult for him, as the Great War has changed him considerably. Can he recover peace and love when he finally reaches the place where he grew up?
A short flash fiction tale about a special baby born in winter.
Published in: Tales by the Tree, J.A.Mes Press 11/2013
Pu’uani is a whale with a very strange tale to sing. His story is about a dangerous journey, lost hope, new discoveries, deep loyalty and big change. Follow this lovable bull whale through the blue deep and find out how his life changed completely during just one summer.
I love this guy, btw. I tried to put in as many whale attributes as I could. That’s why you’ll find some weird expressions in this tale – and since whales have to breathe consciously, you’ll see Pu’ukani take a breath time and again.
One final, little thing: All names are Hawaiian. And Pu’ukani simply means “singer”. You can look up the other names yourself.
“Sequoia – A Short Story”
“Imagine putting your hand on the tree, feeling the rough bark, thinking loving thoughts to it, and then suddenly plunging into darkness. That’s what happened to me.” Max has much to learn and to face an enormous challenge before being able to go home again.
This story was a rather funny one to write. I think I changed the ending – the resolution of Max’ challenge – three times before settling on the one you’ll find in this book.
And it’s so different that all magazines I submitted it to couldn’t really place it. It’s magical, shamanic, time-travel (really?) and just not what people are used to. So try it out if you like different.
“Something New Under the Sun”
This is a very, very short story, telling a tale in mere dialogue. It was inspired by a friend with a very special plushie. Want to know? Click on the link below, it’s available online.
Appeared in: Antipodean SF, 04/2008
“Minkus, the Masterful Magic Mender”
Minkus is a grumpy old magic mender. He travels through the country, fixing spells and refreshing magical objects. He has no idea that his life is not entirely his own – and that is only revealed to a girl who can see magical creatures.
Appeared in: Alien Skin, 04/2008
Reprinted in: Abandoned Towers, 11/2008
Reprinted in: Here be Dragons, self-published in 6/2014
For the German short stories, check this link: Kurzgeschichten