The qualities I admire in fiction are vast but variety and pin point accuracy are pretty high on my list. Over the past few months I have increasingly been scratching these particular literary itches by devouring flash and micro fiction. In all it’s many forms !
My introduction to flash fiction proper was somewhat delayed, but finally came in the form of Laura Besley’s wonderful book, The Almost Mothers. My reading was delayed due to my own tardiness and the fact my teenage daughter pounced on the book the minute it was delivered to our lockdown abode!
But when I finally got my hands on the collection I was just blown away. And so when Saira Aspinall from Arachne Press approached me to ask if I would like to be part of the blog tour for Laura’s latest collection 100neHundred I nearly bit her hand off!
100neHundred is a collection of 100 pieces of the best not just flash, but micro fiction, all exactly 100 words long. The stories are divided equally into ‘seasons’, each season filled with colour, emotion and gloriously diverse subject matter. Each piece of writing is a pearl, unique and unexpected all woven together by a ribbon of ingenuity and skill.
Laura has created beautiful snapshots, each one alive with precision and emotion. Each story excels in it’s originality, each one a complete tale, each carefully crafted without a word to spare. The skill of creating an engaging story, alive with meaning, that both fulfils and leaves the reader wanting more is something to be admired. To be able to produce a series of these stories, is nothing short of mind blowing!
This collection is diverse and genre defying. It is as book filled with every kind of emotion. It will make you laugh, make you smile and sometimes make you cry. Laura is a master of commanding few words for maximum impact. From the thoughts of a grieving mother, to realms of outer space, this volume becomes a beautiful, engaging and colourful journey.
It is one I recommend you take.
And as a special treat…
It is my pleasure and absolute privilege to be able share one of Laura’s stories with you here. A special shout out for publication day!
Death in Suburbia
Nice neighbourhood, I think, driving down the quiet morning streets.
My partner opens the door. ‘No blood, no murder weapon. Wife’s in the kitchen. Completely distraught.’
‘Morning to you too.’
The husband is slumped in a chair, dead.
‘Any sign of forced entry.’
‘Overdose on alcohol, pills?’
‘Wife said he was clean living.’
I take a closer look and notice a piece of paper in his shirt pocket. I slip on some gloves and carefully prise it out.
Stop contacting me, Dad. It’s too little, too late.
‘Get the pathologist to check his heart,’ I say.
‘It’s probably broken.’Page 49 – 100neHundred by Laura Besley.
And there is more…
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