Well, I’ve perked up because the latest (November’s) issue of Take A Break Fiction Feast has three (yes, three!) of my stories in it. This is a first for me. I’ve never had more than one story in the same magazine at the same time (and it may never happen again) and not that long ago, I was on the verge of giving up trying with TABFF because I just kept getting rejections.
The thing about TABFF is that you never know when your stories are going to appear. If the editor says she wants your story, it’s then a waiting game, until it appears in the magazine (and you see how many pages it’s on!), so it was a lovely surprise when the magazine arrived this week and I spotted my name …er, you-know-how-many times.
The first of the stories, ‘The Cake Baby’, is about a woman who ‘pretends’ (kind of) to be pregnant. It’s based on someone I met on a writing course. I wasn’t sure if she was pregnant. She had a bit of a belly (don’t we all) but it was accentuated by what she wore – smock tops – and it wasn’t only me that wondered if she was ‘in the family way’ because apparently, someone else had asked her.
I’d have been mortified (because she wasn’t!) but she cheerfully told me the story and then patted her stomach and said, ‘Nah, it’s just a cake baby!’ And that was the inspiration behind that story.
The second one ‘Surprise!’ was also based on something that happened once, while I was staying at a B&B in Devon but I can’t say any more about it, because it will spoil it…
And the first 4 paragraphs of the third story ‘Write Him Out Of Your Life’ (which I called ‘Heroes & Villains’), are absolutely true and really happened to me. It’s a story about someone who teaches a Creative Writing class. The rest is imagined but that shaky start when I first started to teach, gave me the inspiration.
To celebrate my mini-success, I’m giving away a year’s subscription to Take A Break Fiction Feast!
So, if you want to write for them – or already do – you know you should be buying a copy every month and reading the stories and if you win my prize, the magazine will pop through your letter box every month for a year and you can put your feet up with a cup of coffee and relax… Ahh, doesn’t that sound good?
So, if you want to be in the draw, just leave a comment under this post by 9pm on Sunday 5th October, when I’ll be doing the draw and you’ll be included. Readers with UK addresses only though, please, as the subscription won’t cover overseas postage.(Sorry!).
All names will be put into the proverbial hat and someone will be picked at random. The winner will need to provide me with their name and address so that I can order the magazine on their behalf.