Sad Old Man - this story won second prize in a Writing Magazine competition. It began life as a 500 word dialogue for an exercise from an Open University short course on creative writing. The inspiration for the setting was a local second-hand bookshop run by a friend, although Doncaster Books soon evolved into a much more formal place and the bookseller was entirely fictitious.
It was published online by Writing Magazine, and can be read here  and is also published in Greenacre Writers Anthology, Volume 3.

Leaving - was inspired by the death of my friend and the effect it had on so many of us. A flash fiction, it was first published online by Cafe Lit the Creative Cafe Project. All stories are classified as drinks and this is Espresso. It is now published in The Best of Cafe Lit 2012

The Depths of Memory - the beginning of this story is based on memories of a holiday with my daughter in beautiful Kefalonia some years back. I have always said she was a mermaid in a past life because of her love for swimming in the ocean where she feels no fear. Have we lived past lives? Perhaps...
   This story was published in Greenacre Writers Anthology Vol 1. (2012) and is available on Alfie Dog. Read the opening paragraphs for a taste.

Chocolate in Summer - my mother-in-law was a classical pianist who never achieved her potential but the resemblance to Margot, the mother-in-law in the story, stops there.
   This story was published in Greenacre Writers Anthology Vol 2 (2013) and is available on Alfie Dog.
The opening paragraphs give a taste of the story.

Beneath the Arches - a flash fiction piece which won third prize in Words With Jam shorter story competition 2013. You can read it here. It is published in An Earthless Melting Pot.

The Night Father Christmas was Confused - began life as a Christmas story for a local magazine, The Greenacre Times. A slightly updated version was published on my blog for Christmas 2013. You can read it here.

I've also had a short story 'Night Call' published in Voices from the Web (2011) under my pseudonym, Ania, and flash fiction published in Mslexia, and Writing Magazine,


Guernsey Girl said...

I remember sending a short story to a magazine in the 1980s. Not only was it rejected (it was about a blind man whose girlfriend didn't realise he couldn't see) but it included a note to say what a ridiculous idea it was for a story and that no-one would ever read it. It didn't put me off though, it just made me more determined to succeed. I've had plenty of criticism since, but I'm still writing....

Lindsay said...

Yes, Guernsey Girl, it' s worth persisting! Your idea sounds pretty good to me! Sometimes we see past difficulties. I'd known a colleague for ages before I realized she had only part of one hand. She made no fuss about it and was very adept so it was only when she made reference to it that I saw her 'disability.'