I’ve been writing a few short stories lately. The biggest reason, if I’m totally honest, is that I’m stuck on several big projects. But it is these short stories that are renewing my energy for writing. Given a limit of 500, 1000 or 5000 words, every single one is crucial. Connecting a character, a setting and a plot within those constraints is challenging and fun!
In the title story, “Hurricane Blues,” meet a Louisiana blues piano player who protects her home-alone son by averting hurricanes with a whiskey shot glass and a mother’s love.
In “The Reader,” a dreamy bookworm stumbles into manhood.
In “Soul Most In Need,” the friendship of two southern widows is the one truth at a tent revival.
“Nahualli” presents a sharp-tongued Mexican recluse and her shape-shifting lover. Meet a good-hearted deacon doing reconnaissance on a philandering preacher from a classic car in “T-Bird Recon.”
A cruel medieval father, a frontier lawyer’s silent child scrivener, and an aspiring teacher caught in the 1918 influenza epidemic also populate this eclectic collection of previously published and new short fiction.
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