Hi everyone! Today we are kicking off our 25 Days of Twisted event! Everyday I will be featuring a guest post from a different author, each who writes in a "Halloween-y" type genre...paranormal, fantasy, thriller, sci-fi, etc. It's going to be 25 days full of great posts you do not want to miss, so make sure you visit every day! Without further ado, here's my first "Twisted" author, Declan Conner!
Short story thriller writer, Declan Conner.
I started short story writing when I was a member of a writers’ site and submitted a disaster thriller story for a competition about climate change. I found myself short listed for the finals which came as a big surprise, especially as the stories were judged by a panel of Harper Collins Editors and authors. I was so relieved it didn’t make the final cut and their client chose a poem and a rehashed nursery rhyme as the winners. Why relieved you may ask ...Well, for one thing I would have had to give up my copyright for no payment, and the other was that I had to cut two thousand words to meet their word count requirements and I preferred to publish the story in full.
It seems such a long time ago now, but that is what got me started. In no time at all I had twelve thriller stories of around six thousand words (approx 25 pages in a book.) I timed myself reading them and came up with the name of Lunch Break Thrillers, which indicated the time it took to read one of the stories. The rest is as they say history, as the Lunch Break Thrillers compilation hit the top ten for crime/mystery thriller/ shorts in the UK and stayed in the bestseller chart for seven months this year, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Stephen King. Since then I have published all the stories individually to give readers a choice.
One of the stories, Hide and Seek, is a ghost thriller and is a favorite of mine. I was really pleased when the first review came in on smashwords.
Review by: Kaye George on July 19, 2011 :
I enjoyed writing and plotting Hide and Seek and I am currently working on finishing twelve paranormal stories, which I am hoping to publish as Lunch Break Paranormals at the end of November.
Hide and Seek, also available in the Lunch Break Thrillers compilation. For a full list of eBooks to Include, Where there’s a will, there’s a war. FREE short political thriller ... Amazon Author page,
Hide and Seek US Hide and Seek UK