At midnight, THE WHISPERS, the first in a series of three short stories featuring psychic Eloise Montgomery releases! Next month, THE BURNING GIRL will release, set ten years after The Whispers. And then in January, THE THREE SISTERS will be available, set ten years further still. I didn’t really plan it this way, it’s just how the stories told themselves. I see it as a novella in three parts, a deep dive into a character that has fascinated me for a number of years.
Eloise first turned up at the end of FRAGILE, and then had her own book with DARKNESS, MY OLD FRIEND. She then turned up again, much to my surprise, in CRAZY LOVE YOU (Feb. 2015). So when the idea of shorts came up, it seemed the perfect opportunity to explore this character who had so occupied my imagination.
I am excited about these stories because it’s a new form for me. I have done short fiction in the past, but not much. And I love the idea of telling a story in three parts, spanning almost the life of a character because it allows me to look at her in windows of time, glimpses of Eloise as a young woman dealing with tragedy, later struggling but finding her way, and finally … well, you’ll have to read, won’t you? Did you really think I was going to tell you how the story ends? It also allowed me to explore some things that happened off-stage so to speak in other novels.
It’s also a little scary, because it’s a bit new for me … to release three short stories, a serial really, over a period of time. They could stand alone, but they really do have to be read in order to get the full experience. I hate to be bossy pants about it. But, to get the really full experience, one could read The Whispers, followed by FRAGILE and DARKNESS, MY OLD FRIEND. From there, The Burning Girl, The Three Sisters, and then CRAZY LOVE YOU (Feb. 2015). Again, everything is written to stand alone so it’s totally fine to just read as you like, but if you really want to get to know Eloise and also enrich the experience of all the stories and novels, that’s how you could do it.
It’s also new to be releasing something for electronic only. I worry about my readers who still prefer the printed book. I do hope that, at some point, these stories will find their way into a bound novella. So, I’ll keep you posted on that, though it might be a ways off. The author doesn’t have as much to say about these things as you might imagine.
I do hope you enjoy the shorts! And thanks,as always,for reading!