A Malkuth of Me,  Short Fiction,  short stories,  the writing life

That’s the short of it…

I started out as a short story writer. Not a novelist. I think I was seven or eight when I penned my first short story. I was around ten or eleven when I began writing my first novel.  Later, when I started working toward a professional career and began penning that first magnum opus that eventually turned into the Sorcerers’ Twilight series, I wrote a ton of short fiction that I submitted mercilessly to the short fiction markets. Some of it was rather awful, but some of it wasn’t too bad.

I’m pretty sure at one point I was known to most editors. I often made it past the slush piles to the editors themselves, and almost always found myself the proud owner of a handwritten rejection notice signed in real editorial ink. Had I kept going the way of short fiction I have no doubt I would have eventually made it into the likes of The Black Gate, MZB’s Fantasy Magazine, Realms of Fantasy, and The Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy.  That was so many years ago.

Nowadays I write novellas and novels, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still have a passion for short fiction. I still enjoy writing shorter stories. The difference is that now you’ll likely find me publishing my shorts in eBook at .99 cents each. Once I gather enough of them, I’ll pull them together into collections.  I have a lot  of short fiction in the works as I write this.

From Anne O’Connell there’s The Rite, Wolf, and Vampires Aren’t Sparkly. From Audrey Brice there’s a little story I’m working on currently titled Witch Blood.

I love short fiction. It’s a little break into another world and can give a reader a half hour to an hour’s worth of enjoyment. It’s like the sitcom of the written word.  What do you prefer? Short stories? Novellas? Or Novels?  Why?

Steph is an award winning and bestselling author of thrilling steamy and paranormal romances, dark urban fantasy, occult horror-thrillers, cozy mysteries, contemporary romance, sword and sorcery fantasy, and books about the esoteric and Daemonolatry. A Daemonolatress and forever a resident of Smelt Isle, she is happily married and cat-mom to three pampered house cats. Her muse is a demanding sadistic Dom who often keeps her up into the wee hours of the morning. You can contact her at swordarkeereon@gmail.com

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