It used to be the case that I actively sought out every single social networking platform available if it had the potential for me to sell my books. When I was first published back in 2010, I took on this task enthusiastically, occupying every single space I could and I shouted – Oh Man Did I Shout – because I thought that was what you had to do in order to be successful.
But I quickly learned that, aside from the fact that there are millions of others out there shouting just as loudly, having a presence everywhere was hard work. It was really hard work. It didn't sell my books. And it didn't make me happy. I soon began to
Some will say that making as many connections as possible is key to growing your author brand and being successful. It's not. Others say that you have to maintain a frequent and active presence on social media in order to be successful. That's true...Kind of.
Some time ago, I reassessed my own platform and I quickly discovered why it was making me so unhappy – aside from the realisation that “BUY MY BOOKS” wasn't working. I was in too many places at once. Trying to do to many things in those places without considering what those places could offer me that could streamline my workload. Eventually, I decided to jettison a lot of those platforms, bringing it back to a small number of interconnected ones. I also changed the way I
present myself to the wider world.
Central to my online platform is my author website. This is the core portal for everything related to my writing and it is here where I have information about myself, my books (including links to purchase those books), samples of my writing style in the form of short stories and unedited samples from my published works and links to media I have done – including interviews and podcast appearances. I maintain a blog here as well and I try (with the emphasis on “try”) to post once a week. That regimen is admittedly, hard to maintain particularly when I am heavily involved in a project.
The next important portal is my Facebook Author Page. Here I post links to my blog posts when I post them. I'll also post links to interesting articles – usually related to writing or media – and you'll often find posts that promote the work of others, my friends who are writers or musicians whose work I like to support. Sometimes I'll post status updates that are just random, stream of consciousness type posts – things that I find funny and that I hope others will too. I have my Author Page linked to my Twitter account so that any time I post something on my Page, it'll immediately post to Twitter. I always try to come in under the 140 character limit dictated by Twitter so that my tweets won't get truncated and I always try to use hashtags – to enhance the potential of those posts being seen.
As a fiction writer, I feel incredibly lucky being able to let my imagination run free. I can stretch the limitations of reality and take my reader on journeys through distant places and times. I create characters and communities and have even conjured up the odd planet or two. But amidst all of this wonderment and fantasy, I do still have a responsibility to my reader: to consciously support their suspension of disbelief. The moment their curious mind suggests that something in my story doesn't add up, all of my creations might just as well drift into one of the black holes they dutifully avoided.
This need not mean a tireless justification for every odd occurrence in the story, but references back to the world as we know it must remain true to the commonly accepted laws of science or contain justification. For example, in my upcoming novel the characters embark on a tour of the universe, including a pass through the sun in our solar system. Imagine our sun for a moment. If it's a clear day, peak outside and catch a glimpse. Depending on the time, you might see a bright, golden orb hanging in the sky, radiating light and heat. We often hear descriptions about golden light and energy, linking back to the sun's power.
To describe the sun in such terms as my characters enjoy a closeup view would be inaccurate. The atmosphere of planet earth is what attributes that golden hue to our nearest star. From the perspective of space, that star glows white. As an author, I can choose to have it simply appear as white light to my characters or I can contrive a means for it to appear golden just like on earth. Either way, it is my duty to address the truth of the matter in the fiction I am writing.
Similarly, taking time to review what you have written is crucial because suspension of disbelief also relies on tight continuity. This could boil down to something as simple as describing your protagonist's car with plush black leather seats in one chapter and having that same car feature a chocolate brown interior several chapters later. Keeping tabs on the world you are creating is vital to making sure your reader stays with you right to the end.
Maybe your character was born in a specific year, but the events of their childhood indicate they were born earlier or later. Again, this comes down to research. Choose a year now, any year, and search for markers of that time: major events, available technology, popular fashion and music. Everybody is unique in how they relate to the world with their own preference for sight, sound, touch, smell or taste. Using as many of those senses in your prose will illuminate your fictitious world and captivate readers with each of those preferences. For example, I am not well versed in fashion through the ages, so would struggle to read a passage that heavily described someone's attire. However, if their environment includes some familiar music, I will enjoy the ride.
Whatever your journey, investing time to make sure your details are plausible will make your story stronger and earn the trust of your reader. You might even end up tinkering with those facts to create something completely new and exciting: imagine a planet where the creatures are phosphorous based instead of carbon based like you and me... or grab a copy of my new novel, Hazel of Angeldom, in 2016 to discover what my version of that is.
About A J Le Roy
Andrew Le Roy was was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. Since that time he has lived in Darwin, where he hosted a popular Drive-time radio program before moving to his current home in the Adelaide Hills.
He published a novella, Gordon's Apprentice, in 2013 and is due to release his first novel, Hazel of Angeldom, in 2016. The novel is a prequel to Gordon's Apprentice and explores the main character's journey from death on earth to finding her place in the afterlife.
Andrew established ALR Publishing in 2013 to release Gordon's Apprentice and now makes publishing available at low cost to independent authors who are ready to bring their books to the big wide world. If that sounds like you, Andrew would love to hear from you.
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By now it will be all over.
The winners will have won, the losers … well, they’ll have won too.
I don’t believe there are any losers in NaNoWriMo. Everyone who enters National Novel Writing Month is a winner. They have all taken the plunge. They have decided to do something that many people talk about, even more people think about, but not so many actually do. They will have committed to writing a novel.
The idea of writing a novel in a month may seem a bit far fetched, and, in actuality, it would be. To write a completed, edited and polished novel, proofread and publishable in one month, is a bit far-fetched. Hats off to anyone who manages to do that!
But the idea of writing 50,000 words of a novel is not far-fetched. It has been done. It has been accomplished by hundreds of thousands of writers every year since NaNoWriMo began 25 years ago, in 1991.
Some NaNoWriMo facts (partially taken from the NaNo site):
To be a NaNo winner, the entrants have to write 50,000 words of a new novel in the month of November.
The reason I say that even those who don’t achieve that goal are winners is because, unless they give up before they start, they will probably have written more words in the month than they usually do, and they will have gone with the flow.
In my experience, when you are up against a deadline like that, you have to turn the inner critic off, that little voice in the back of your head that says things like, ‘This is rubbish. No-one is going to want to read such a load of drivel.’ You have to give yourself permission to write badly, to get the story out of your imagination and onto the page just as it comes to you.
And that’s true even if you have plotted meticulously. Your story plan is unlikely to be 50,000 words long, so you are going to have to flesh it out. You are going to have to write, and write, and write without taking too long to choose the perfect word, the perfect phrase. That will come later. That will happen in the editing process, the next draft. During NaNoWriMo, you just need to get that all-important first draft written, you have to go with the flow.
Someone famously said, ‘You can’t edit a blank page.’ I have said it so often to other new writers that I feel like it’s my quote, but it’s not. I read it somewhere. So, if you’re out there, reading this post and you coined the phrase, kudos to you. It’s such a concise way of telling all would-be authors, ‘Get that first draft written, whether it’s good, bad or indifferent. Just go with the flow.’
Words are not meant to stand alone, they are designed to be used in sentences, in paragraphs, in speeches, in conversations, in stories. They naturally flow. They flow.
If you want to get that novel written. Just let them.
Just go with the flow.
In my experience, that is exactly what NaNoWriMo pushes you to do.
So, November is over.
The winners have won, the losers … have won too.
This November may be over, but there’s always next year. But you don’t have to wait till then. There’s always http://campnanowrimo.org/sign_in
Follow the link and find your way to writing that great novel you have in mind in the first half of next year.
Or pick a month, any month. Commit to writing 50,000 words of the first draft of your new novel. Commit to yourself. Commit to others. Tell your friends, your spouse, your parents, your Auntie Beanie. Tell them you’re doing it, that you want to be held accountable for doing it. You want someone to ask you every day what your word count is.
Just have a go. Let the words flow.
You can always write another novel next November, next NaNoWriMo.
You just have to …
About Christine Campbell
Christine Campbell lives in a small village outside of Edinburgh with her husband, and whatever assortment of children and grandchildren happen to be visiting at the time.
When she has a moment of peace, and is not distracted by the varied wildlife currently taking up residence in her garden, Christine writes novels or for her blog at
You can also find her onFacebook
She is currently working on the third instalment in 'The Reluctant Detective' series, the follow up to 'Searching for Summer' and 'Traces of Red'. You can find these and her previous works, in paperback and ebook, on Amazon.
I get asked often: How do you find time to write? For a while, it was with great difficulty. Trying to force myself to write when I didn’t want to made the task feel like work. I seemed to have so much on my plate with my paid job and other commitments that there was no time for it. Lately however, I found my mojo again and writing is a part of my down-time. I think the trick is to make writing fun, not a chore.
No one likes to work. No one wants to put time aside for work unless it is necessary. For me, writing is a hobby, not my job. It can feel like I don’t have time or that I don’t have the energy to work on such a project. But, when you enjoy doing something, you will automatically find time to do it. You’ll find time you didn’t even know you had!
Now that I am working on book 3 of the Sky Stone series, my current inspiration and excitement levels are high. I am surprised by how quickly it is taking shape. I have been writing at least one thousand words a day for the last few weeks. My word count is already exceeding 30,000. This is mostly because I am writing during my ‘me-time’, for fun, because I want to be writing. I’m even finding that I enjoy writing even when I only have small pockets of time to do so; times I wouldn’t have thought I could utilize.
In a nutshell, writing is supposed to be fun. You write because you want to. Things that you want to do should come easily and you’ll find time to do them, almost without effort. If you’re in a slump right now, don’t worry; find something that you want to write about and I’ll guarantee that you’ll suddenly have the time to do it.
Scarlett Van Dijk
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I wonder how many authors there are like me…
You go through the long haul of finding a publisher to publish your book, in my case a book of 22 short stories. It’s a euphoric feeling when you have news that your manuscript that you have sweated over, finally has a home, is finally going to see light of day. For me what happened afterwards was perplexing and frustrating. Sending e mails back and forth to somebody I have never met, in the USA, who would alter MY work, to such an extent I felt like it was morphing into the work of somebody else. At certain points I had to lay the law, because important elements were being erased and I felt like my editor didn’t follow my intentions and ideas, he didn’t get what the stories are about. There was also cultural differences, I am from the UK and my stories are British in character. He told me my book was for the “American Market”. I wondered if JK Rowling was ever told to adapt her ideas to be more Americanized? I went through phases when I thought my work would never be published. Editing and polishing is an endurance test, a battle of wills, I don’t know if this a general rule, but this was the case for me.
When this long drawn out process was finished (I have to admit it would have been faster if I had grasped the notions of the process a lot quicker) I received a barrage of e mails, which included a PDF on how to market my book. Yes …you arrive from published author to promoter, before you can take a deep breath and take a pat on the back for completing the work needed. I have been on Facebook a while and had a dormant Twitter page, so I had to spring into life and learn all manner of things about marketing…a year ago I had no idea what a hashtag was…I had no idea what retweeting was…and had never pinned anything on Pinterest.
I rather ask myself, what category does my book fit into? Ok they are short stories, my publisher seems to reckon they are “Dystopian” . I often classify them as “Dark Fiction”. Some might say they are “Horror”. It is true there are some pretty horrific elements in them…but at the same time there is social criticism, wit and humor in them as well.
What to do? Do I use some of the comparisons I received to other authors, for example Edgar Allan Poe? Ray Bradbury? Or Stephen King? I suppose readers are attracted to books that are similar to books they have previously read. Perhaps they might take a chance on an unknown author…if they know the stories are in a style they are familiar with. If I was writing straight down the line horror stories, I would be in competition with other horror writers, but maybe marketing such a book would be easier.
I am in a way smugly proud of having a paperback version of my book, by a traditional publisher. It is of course way more expensive than people who are selling an e book. Maybe if my book was an e book, I would have sold a lot more copies by now and would be feeling much more content. I also have noted that a lot of authors have written titles that seem a lot more geared towards commercialism. There seem to be a lot of EL James wannabees. There seem to be an overload of kinky sex books out there. Should I be writing books about bondage? Is my book in a limited niche market? Promoting a book can be disheartening and frustrating. I did a reading in Paris and I had a very positive response, I was happy that the people in the audience seemed to appreciate my work. Reviews have also been encouraging, people picking up on my ideas. However I feel that for a large readership to discover my work, I need a big publicity machine behind my book…this is not the case.
I tweet, I retweet, I post and post and post, but it seems hard to make any real headway.
About Francis Powell
Born in 1961, in Reading, England Francis H Powell attended Art Schools, receiving a degree in painting and an MA in printmaking. In 1995, Powell moved to Austria, teaching English as a foreign language while pursuing his varied artistic interests adding music and writing. He currently lives in Paris, songwriting, doing concerts, writing both prose and poetry. Powell has published short stories in the magazine, “Rat Mort” and other works on the internet site "Multi-dimensions." His most recent work is a book of 22 short stories called "Flight of Destiny" published by Savant publishing. It has been described as being
"They're a little Ray Bradbury, a little Stephen King, but with Powell's own unique twists. Very interesting read."
A short story I wrote as a part of the Halloween Blog Hop, 'Share A Scare'. Hope you enjoy my first attempt at a scary story, 'The Rail Road Walker'.
Most people ignored the broadcast. That means there are only a small number of us left. I can't blame those who stayed in their homes, turned off the radio; it was a strange command after all.
“Walk the rail roads. Don't turn back no matter what. Avoid the injured and dead. Sleep during the day and walk at night for they will not appear in the open while light. Keep a torch, batteries and matches. We will send aid. Don't stop walking.”
Perhaps the only reason I obeyed was due to my own paranoia. I could see the signs before anyone else. The mysterious illness struck fear into all humans. Most thought it safer to shut the door, never leave their homes. They thought that surely they would stay safer if they never left. They were wrong.
So I walk. I never turn around. I have seen corpses along the rail road but I never pause. Each time I pass these bodies I feel sick to the stomach, I can't look at them, and yet I know I still can't stop walking. Sometimes the things leave them there to trick you. I've seen people lying by the tree line beside the tracks, struggling to breathe, their flesh swelling, the skin splitting with infectious sores. I give these a wide birth although a large part of me wants to help them, even if just to ease their pain. But even so, I must venture from the tracks to avoid them, my torch gripped in one hand as I watch the trees for movement. The light is supposed to hurt them; why else would they avoid the open ground during the day? At each station there is a stockpile of food and water, just as the broadcast had promised. But there are more of the things around the stations. I have been lucky so far, or maybe just careful.
I still haven't seen one of the things. I have heard them, their gargling and harsh screams in the darkness. Those who see them don't survive. They stop walking and they die. Then they disappear.
I look ahead through a curtain of heavy rain, squinting to see. In one hand I carry my torch, turned off to conserve power, in the other was the hand of my eleven year old niece. Hailey shuffles forward beside me, her eyes on the dark trees. I can see a strange structure ahead. As we continue forward, never stopping, I see a bridge. It was old and the wooden supports seemed worn. Below was a long drop to a raging river seen as a shadow in the darkness. I almost stop but out of habit I walk on. If I stop, we die. I could almost sense the soulless eyes watching me from the trees, almost feel their breath on my neck. Waiting. The sound of the rain, along with the occasional crack of thunder, drowns out any other sounds. We step on to the bridge. It groans below us. Will it take our weight? I keep walking. The bridge had been designed to hold a train but the rail road I had chosen to walk was old and abandoned. I believed that less people would follow this path... and that there would be less things. It has been a long time since I saw the last body. Not that that meant anything. Perhaps the creatures here were more efficient, not leaving many bodies behind. A cracking sound to my right startles me and, with a practiced motion, my torch flares to life. Nothing. My heart beats in my chest frantically. I keep walking.
Once upon a time, there lived a boy who dreamed of fighting dragons on a far away planet. He read every last book ever written about this planet and loved the heroines of the stories. Yes, there were also heroes, but it was the women heroes that inspired him.
I am John Sanders, and I write programs by day, to make big dangerous machines behave, and write science and speculative fiction by night to entertain. I pay tribute to one of the greatest female authors I have had the pleasure to have read during my young and new adult years, Anne McCaffrey. Her style of writing of character-driven stories has formed the basis for my own style of writing.
She is not the only author of course that has influenced me, to name only a few. There is; Robert Heinlein, Robert Saberhagen, Poul Anderson, Larry Niven, Isaac Asimov, Harry Harrison, Philip K Dick, and so many more. Each of these masters of fiction has their part in my own development of writing.
Twenty years ago, I attended the University of Oklahoma where I earned a double degree in Literature and Anthropology. During that time in school, I wrote much and submitted much for publication with a 100% rejection rate. My style was not contemporary with current fiction styles. My writer’s hand and muse went into hibernation. Then one day, two years ago this September, I was reading a science fiction saga, and I was put off by the author’s habit of diving off into tangent stories during his actual story. But I have to thank that author, my life changed after reading his work. I remember clearly during the reading of the third book, thinking, “I can write this story better than he can.” This was both an epiphany in my life and a new beginning.
When I was in college, I had written a 26000-word story about a man trying to save a small sample of the human race from extinction. His name was Dominic, and he built a supercomputer to build another supercomputer time machine. Digging this story out of a box that had been collecting dust for nearly 20 years, I reread this story. It was a good story, and the professor use critiqued it said as much and commented, there was a bigger story in it.
Now I mentioned before that Anne McCaffrey was one of my biggest influences. What I discovered in the story, I had written in college was a character that I knew and understood. Dominic, a man with a past of pain, great sorrow, and a story to tell about loss, love, death, friendship, and adventure.
Hardly before I understood what was happening, the new story of Dominic started flooding out of me. Like a swollen man-made lake. When the dam burst and the story came flooding out in a rush, I did not sleep, and when I did, the characters of my story were in my dreams. I understand how a good story should work, story arcs, plots, and all that stuff. But the story didn’t turn out the way that I had envisioned or planned. As my mind built the characters for this new time travel and AI emergence story, the characters began to write the story. The time travel and survival story became the modus to the real story, not the subject. The real story that my characters wrote was not just an emergence of artificial intelligence, but the very soul and the relationship between the creator and his creation.
This story is the Evolution series. It is three books. The first two are currently available on Amazon. They are L.A.I.R.A. 1st Evolution, Rising, and P.R.E.D.A.I. 2nd Evolution, Transference. The final book in the trilogy, Laira, 3rd Evolution, Quadary Dreams will be available later this fall on Amazon.
About John Sanders
I was born in Syracuse New York at the end of the year in 1963. My father was a United State Marine and as an adult, I became a Marine myself. But with a very different experience. When my father served, the Vietnam war was still happening. I was what is referred to as a peacetime soldier as I served in between wars and military actions. Though I did have many great adventures and some of those tales are in my stories. After the Marine Corp, I returned home to my home state and attended college. After word I got married to my current spouse and started a family.
Today I am the father of three wonderful boys, whom I read to most every night that I am home. I participate in Cub Scouts with my two younger boys. For the last two years I have written over 300,000 words. Early on, I took on the practice of “Write some thing every day.” Writing for me, is a passion and a love for sharing.
Start the first sentence and thoughts will spring out from the factory of thoughts, your mind. Once the first words started to come to existence, other thoughts fight fiercely for your attention. The intellect starts selecting them from amongst thousands of competing thoughts like rays of light bouncing off a rare exquisite diamond. My story of the first novel I wrote, Kingdom Infinitum, started by a lecture that a few ladies from Australia and England and other countries like so much. The ladies asked if I had written anything, I said “No”. These ladies helped my mind generate a thought of writing a ten page booklet. Finally I sat down to write a ten page guide but the moment I started writing the first sentence tens of thoughts came rushing to my awareness fighting for attention. Instead of writing a guide the fighting thoughts asked my awareness to bring them to existence as if they were new born creations. These thoughts wanted to experience life in the mind of the many readers that will read their stories and the hearts that will be touched by them. What I found that stories starts by listening to your innermost thoughts. So let these thoughts free to present themselves and select the most beautiful of them to bring about beauty to the world we live in. I learned not to suppress any thought as any one of them could be that one that triggers a raging river of more beautiful competing thoughts. Follow the most striking of these thoughts with your mind and heart and let the most beautiful of words describe them.
I learned from my story, that my characters became free and alive in the story that was unfolding. They tried very hard to tell me how they want to live, some wanted to love, others wanted to sacrifice themselves for the sake of good, justice, and freedom while others were evil. Let those beings in the world of your story be free and they will tell you endless secrets. They will lead you to beauty beyond beauty. If a character wants to do something that you do not want, you will be surprised of the secrets that will unfold later and how smart and sophisticated they are if you follow the character. Surely, one of the characters will become you and you become it as if your world and its world have merged into one. Your dreams become the dreams of this character and the dreams of the character become your dreams.
Whatever world we imagine in our mind and whatever characters we bring to this world actually exist. The mind has already manufactured these imaginations in another dimension. A world that is created in the mind exists in that realm and so your belief that this world and its living beings exists provide you a powerful spear of imagination in writing your story. Your unwavering certainty in the existence of your new world has hidden force that will make your novel a mesmerizing story to remember.
Today I am introducing Andy Peloquin, a speculative fiction author. For something different I asked Andy a series of questions and he has given some wonderful answers! Read on to find out about Andy, his writing, and learn from his experiences.
So, what have you written, Andy?
1) A fantasy/sci-fi/historical/metaphysical fiction set in Atlantis, called In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent. I had a lot of fun writing it, and I know it's a rollicking fun time of a read. (I'm giving it away on my website, if anyone is interested)
2) Blade of the Destroyer, the first part of a dark fantasy series. The main character is a half-demon assassin anti-hero, so you know it's going to be one heck of a great read.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
He's an interesting mix of human and inhuman. He's half-demon and has lived for thousands of years, but his memories only stretch back about 50 years. But those years have made him cynical, mistrustful of everyone, and a bit of a cold-hearted bastard.
Yet he has a soft spot for certain people--beggars and the outcasts of the city. He sees himself as a protector of sorts.
What are you working on at the minute?
I'm in the middle of finishing up Book 2 of the series, as well as a secret side-series set in the same world. This side series is a trilogy that will be published all together once this dark fantasy series reaches its conclusion--4 or 5 books from now.
Why do you write?
It's my way of giving the world a window into my heart and soul, but it's also my only way to be artistic. I've always envied artists, painters, and anyone who can create something out of nothing. Writing is my way to let out the inner creativity that has been bottled up for so many years.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I've come to understand a lot more about what makes a book "good" or "great". In reading, reviewing novels, and writing my own, I've realized that the plot is nowhere near as important as the character. If you have a good character, he/she can hook people, no matter how much of a bastard they are. Look at Loki from the Marvel movies--he's the fan favorite, not Thor.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Waiting! I had it ready to self-publish back in November 2014, but I wanted to shop it around to traditional publishers. When it got picked up in January of this year, I was hoping for an April launch date. And here we are in August!
Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I read voraciously, but not as much as I'd like. I listen to audiobooks while lifting weights, read while at the beach, and read e-books while on the treadmill. My favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson, E.R. Burroughs, and Scott Lynch.
How are you publishing this book and why?
I'm going the traditional route of using a publishing house (J. Ellington Ashton Press). I knew this book/series had the potential to be amazing, so I needed more eyes to go over it and make sure it was up to snuff. It's all about putting out the best product possible!
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
The best advice I can give is "keep at it". If it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything, that means you've got to invest at least 15 years of writing 2 hours per day in order to reach that level of expertise. Better start now, right?
What do you think makes a good story?
A good character. Plot is not as important as the character. Suffering and failure are also key to making a story good. They are what make people human, and thus relatable. The more your characters fail, the more your audience will root for them, and the more their eventual success will mean.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
You can find me at ALL of my links, listed below:
Special Note: I'm giving away FREE copies of my first novel In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent on my website. Pop in there and grab a copy of your own!
If only I could bring them back…
Madeline sat at the end of the long dining table, a silver plate and cutlery before her. A servant delicately placed pieces of meat and vegetables on it. She wasn’t hungry. She didn’t feel much of anything besides loneliness.
“You must eat My Lady,” Madeline’s nurse, Teresa, said beside her. She was concerned.
Madeline looked down at the food in disgust. The smells coming from the plate made her stomach turn. She didn’t want to eat.
Teresa sighed. “Madeline, you have eaten barely a morsel for a week. You are withering away.”
“That’s fine,” Madeline murmured.
“My Lady! Many people care about your wellbeing. You are the Lady of this town now since your late mother and father…” Teresa trailed off.
“No one knows me. No one really cares who I am. Only my position and my wealth. Wealth I no longer want.”
Teresa’s voice changed from gentle concern to sternness. “You have responsibilities to the people of this town. Your parents both understood this and made their best efforts. They never intended to leave you with this duty so early but now you must do your best to continue their work.”
Madeline pushed her chair away from the table angrily. It made a loud screech across the stone floor. The nearby servants cringed visibly.
“Madeline! Your food!” Teresa yelled after her.
“Give it to the town’s people; they’ll appreciate it more. There, duties fulfilled.”
To read more of Wither click here.
A Writer's Tale
Scarlett Van Dijk
Writer of young adult, fantasy series, the Sky Stone series, poetry and short stories.
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