Thursday, 5 November 2015

News from the writer’s desk: Waiting...

The local postman (or perhaps I should say postperson?) may have been a little unnerved by my prowling around the letter boxes this week.

The reason? 
Well it’s two-fold, and it's down to my dual addictions of words and hot beverages. While one might be said to fuel to other,  the connection may not be that obvious, so I guess I have to explain. 

You may recall I was a weekly winner in the recent AuthorTrope ‘I Made The Darkness’ Hollween writing contest, and was shortlisted for the overall prize? 
Well, the new month brought the news ( that the votes were in and my story ‘Guilt Trip’ had finished as the third place winner. Yay! That means I’m set to receive a specialised coffee (or tea) mug. It’s coming from the States so it may take a while, but I can’t wait to sip my first cuppa from it – and it WILL be strictly off bounds to all others in the house. 

It may not sound like much to you but, hey, it’s the little things, right?

You can listen to all the shortlisted stories at the AuthorTrope YouTube channel

Meanwhile, big congratulations Kevin Grover and Rachel Fox, who won the 1st and 2nd places with their stories “Googleman” and “The Exchange”. Coincidentally, we’re all Brits (even though I’m transplanted) and we are all collaborating on a new anthology of spooky stories due out early next month. 

And, speaking of collaborations, Kevin and Rachel are also featured authors in the creepy collection of stories, “Grim Keepers” which is the second reason I’ve been stalking the humble servant of the Greek postal service. 

I’ve ordered my hard copies from and I’m just waiting, waiting, waiting to hold it between my fingers and whisper “My precious”...  
If you’d like to order too, you can get the book half price by quoting the Discount Code BEN9RZY2

It's also available to donwload as a free e-book at  

Now all I need is a barrel full of patience whilst I wait for books and mug to wing their way across the Atlantic to Greece.