Bells, a new eShort of mine has been published. It’s a Christmas ghost story, and I promise the names Scrooge and Marley are not mentioned. Bells actually includes scraps of “real” holiday memories and family members in addition to things that were drawn from my imagination. But that is often the case with fiction — writers select threads of factual experiences and actual people they know and weave them with dreams and make-believe. If the author works hard at stitching the two together, readers will have a difficult time separating fact from fiction in the resulting tapestry. And that’s what we want as both reader and writer, a lovely, seamless blending of ideas that takes us into the world of the story.
In the case of Bells, the reader is invited into the world of 17 year-old Melinda on a snowy Christmas evening at a family get-together in an old house in a small town. The 100+ year-old house on the corner of Park and Millstone Streets is filled with people, delicious foods, holiday decorations, family traditions, a love story, and ghosts. And I challenge you to determine what parts of the tale are “real” and which parts are purely the stuff of dreams!
Update: Alas, Bells is no longer available as an eshort — but hooray, it’s included in Owl Light, published by Cold Moon Press.