News…

Yesterday April 3rd was a very big day at Fitton HQ – drum roll please…. I’m happy to announce that I signed a publishing contract for my flash fiction short story collection. My collection is now in the hands of my publisher and it’s anticipated the book will be available in all good book shops and online toward the end of the year – just in time for Christmas :). The collection has been a true labour of love and it will be wonderful to see it in print. I’ll be able to share the title and the cover with you over the coming months. It is all very exciting!

In other news – my new creative space arrived a few weeks ago, and as shepherds huts go it’s not too shabby! I’m just awaiting the electrician and the plummer (who are as rare as hens teeth these days) and then it’ll be all systems go! I’ll post some pics over the coming weeks. It was a bit nail biting getting it in place, but now it’s here I intend to make good use of it!

Read & Vote

This week I have a piece of flash fiction in AdHoc Fictions ebook. Issue 170, the theme is ‘need’. Try and guess which is mine – sorry, I’m not allowed to tell you! Why not pop on over and take a peak? Read and vote for the piece that you like., it really is that easy! Enjoy.

National Flash Fiction Day June 16th

Now in its seventh year, National Flash Fiction Day is dedicated to the celebration of writing in one of its shortest forms (Flash). Flash fiction is usually considered to be a story under a 1000, 500 or 300 words. Anything less is regarded as ‘micro-fiction’ (100 words) or a ‘minisaga’ (50 words).

The roots of flash fiction go back (literally) centuries. In the 1920’s flash was known as ‘the short short story’.

Flash fiction sits perfectly with our crazy busy lifestyles. A 500-word piece can be easily read on the train, bus – in fact anywhere.

The nuts and bolts of what measures up as a piece of Flash Fiction are difficult to pin down, but I’ll give it a go. For me, the art of a good piece of flash fiction lies in what the author does not say. It’s down to you the reader to grasp the meaning and fill in those spaces between the words. It needs to grab you, keep you wondering.

This year I am lucky enough to have my flash fiction ‘Yellow’ feature on the Flash Flood Journal blog in celebration of Flash Fiction Day. Take a peak here

I hope you enjoy it.

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