Authors sometimes get their inspiration from the strangest places, and I guess I’m no exception. A few months back I was staring blankly at the picture I use as a cover photo on various blogs, websites, and social media, when the first tendrils of a story began to wrap themselves around my mind. A couple of hours and much scribbling later, I had the bare bones of a story called, perhaps unsurprisingly, ‘The Red Umbrella’.
In it, I give one possible explanation for how that umbrella ended up, battered and broken, lying in a gutter, never to be used again. It’s a sad little story, and not much like my usual flippant style, but don’t blame me – it’s what the photo told me to write!
And the good news is, you can now read that story too because it’s appearing at Spelk Fiction today. For those of you who don’t already know, Spelk is a great little fiction magazine specialising in short and flash fiction in all kinds of genres, but always with something unusual or interesting to say.
I hope you enjoy ‘The Red Umbrella’, and while you’re at it, take time to explore some of the other stuff on the site. Bet you won’t be disappointed!