My first collection of short stories, That Sadie Thing and other stories, will be published next week. They are a greatest hits of stories that have been published since I started writing seriously (which for me was about fifteen.)
So, the question is: what the heck am I doing, releasing a collection of stories some of which are older than my marriage?
Well, to answer this properly, I’ll need bullet points!
- Some of these stories were published in very small press magazines, pre-internet. I’m sure the circulation was smaller than the customers in my local shop on a wet Tuesday morning. Therefore, the hours and hours I put into them have been wasted all these years, because only a handful of people have ever read them.
- Some of the stories were runners-up in competitions – so even fewer people read them, one or two judges at the most.
- Although I’ve always thought my short fiction was quite random, it turns out I have a theme – loneliness and despair runs through these stories, but hopefully in an entertaining way.
- I’ve actually been thinking about publishing them in this way for six months or so. When I was reading them to check the viability, I had an overwhelming urge to rewrite them. After spending time working on them again, it seemed really silly not to do something with them.
- I wanted to share some of my weirdness with you!
- The five magazines that accepted my stories from unsolicited submissions all folded within three issues.
- One of my published stories is so bad that I’ve disowned it, and it is not in this collection.
- Two stories had to be rewritten to include the universal use of mobile phones – previously the characters were queuing up at phone boxes!
- I wrote Omelette at a time when I was eating lots of omelettes.
Annalisa Crawford lives and writes in Cornwall with a good supply of beaches and moorland to keep her inspired. She finds endless possibilities in the relationships between people. As this collection testifies, she has been writing for twenty years – but doesn’t feel a day over twenty-one.