Check out my first short story…it’s free for a short time!

To celebrate the publication of my first piece of fiction – a short story you will finish in 30 minutes or less – it is available for free for a short time – until January 12, 2014, to be precise. After that, it is 0.99 cents, so still quite affordable.

The piece is called “The Scorcher” and is based on (yep) true events. Several in fact which I have mostly experienced myself. However, at heart the story is about how a simple decision can force you to choose between life and death – and what if you don’t know which one will lead to which?

It plays out on a road trip along the Mediterranean coast. We join a young family, a British-American couple and their daughter driving from France to Spain. They take on a mysterious Spanish passenger and drive into an escalating eeriness that leads up to a life-changing moment. For me, it is a parable about how our modern lives are still subject to nature’s ultimate power, but are suffused with supernatural meaning. At least that is what I was aiming for.

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Why my first short story (out soon!) is inspired by true events – and isn’t

Last night I finished the first draft of a short story which I will publish in the next day or two. And I had to decide whether to add that it is “inspired by true events” or not.

I decided against it. Why? Two reasons.

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The most captivating 30 minutes of video I have watched all year: Evelyn Waugh talks about life, literature and Catholicism

This is fascinating on so many levels: One of the greatest prose stylists of the English language in an uncomfortable setting, being interviewed in a journalistic style that is no longer practiced – unfortunately. Speaking about his life and work, and his conversion to the Catholic faith.