I was born in Madrid, where I lived until the age of 18. Then I decided to move to France for a year, to study French and gather my thoughts about what I wanted to do with my life. Four years later I graduated in European Studies and Russian Language at the University of Manchester. Currently I work as a freelance translator and I am saving money to move to Taiwan and learn Chinese . The first story I got published was by Almond Press in the previous ebook collection, since then I have won the Guardian’s short story competition, Protest! Already available in Amazon, and I have been honoured with a second publication with Almond Press…so I guess that makes three out of three. I have also recently created a blog of short stories, called “Digital Pulp” (La Pulpa Digital), however, it is in Spanish and pretty much empty so far.
Neal Mason is the author of Joint Account, selected for our short story collection. Neal Mason used to be an international athlete and now travels a lot. He`s had poetry collections published by Peterloo Poets and by the University of Salzburg Press. For six months, he was Writer In Residence in a Welsh valley and tutored courses for the University of Wales. He’s had many stories and plays published and broadcast, including by the BBC, but thinks his forte is stage plays – which is odd because he`s never had one produced. Recently, one of his novels was shortlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize and also Fiction Fast Track. The drawback with travelling a lot, he says, is that he can`t have a cat (he loves all cats) but at least, nowadays, electronic storage means he doesn’t have to lug around all his unpublished material (which is considerable).
Adrian is the author of Fear of Falling, selected to be included in our short story collection. Adrian writes: I am former journalist and magazine editor taking some time out from work to pursue some personal projects, including creative writing. I got short-listed in two othercompetitions last year, the Cinnamon Press and National Association of Writers’ Groups short story competitions, and also won a ‘Scenes of the Apocalypse’ competition, and here’s a link to the story on the project website: Fear of Falling is probably my favourite story, written with great intensity during a stormy evening in early October when there was lots of stuff happening in my life, and I am delighted that it merits a mention in the Almond Press short story awards. I’m a member of the Original Writers’ Group, based in Battersea, south London, a great bunch of people who inspired me to write and write, even if they didn’t mean to. My short stories are mainly about love, in all its craziness and madness, and I’m planning to publish a collection of my favourite pieces early next year.
Mahalia’s story, Vague in Conversation was chosen to be included in our short story collection. Mahalia Solages is the author of two picture books. She also writes women’s fiction. Her short stories have appeared at WritingRaw and Oné?Respé? Another piece received an honorable mention from Lorian Hemingway. A nonfiction title, Burnt Flakes, Burnt Flesh appears in the anthology So Spoke The Earth.
Michael’s story, THE DREAMER AND THE DREAMED was chosen for our collection due to it’s originality and colourful descriptions (and illustrations!). Michael writes: DREAMER is the beginning of Chapter 7 of my novel NAM MAN. The idea for DREAMER came from Vietnam 1968. My team had set up a night ambush. My position was next to the trail. I would trigger the trap. Severe malaria attack caused my fevered brain to see visions of the past. Suddenly a flash of reflected light warned of approaching enemy. Slapped back to reality, just in time, I pulled the trigger. Years later, I used this idea for Sargeant Mayan dreaming of ancient ancestors. Mayan warriors attacked by Aztecs. The last scene is the flash of reflected light, Sgt. Mayan warned of approaching NVA soldiers. Michael’s Bio: Education: San Jacinto College – Art University of Houston – Fine Arts Rice University: Mayan Archaeology & Architecture Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation – Brooklyn, NY. Military service: 101st AIRBORNE: Fort Campbell Kentucky & 173rd AIRBORNE BRIGADE ( Vietnam 67-69) Co-founder & artist: NATIONAL VETERANS ART MUSEUM (nvam.org) Chicago, Illinois Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation; 2 project grants for writing NAM MAN.
I graduated from University of Stirling with a first class degree in English and Education in 2003. After some happy years teaching, I decided to leave the classroom behind me to be at home with my young children and to also, devote some proper time to my writing. Last summer, I finally decided to send my work out for competition and consideration. Since then, I have been fortunate to have had a story chosen and published as part of Scottish Book Trust’s My Favourite Place project and to have made the final shortlist for the National Library of Scotland and Scottish Ballet’s Hansel and Gretel short story competition.
In our Fall short story contest, Jennifer’s story Young Adam was selected for the collection. Jennifer shares with us her story: I am a builder and artist living in South Australia. I have been writing on and off for twenty years now. Young Adam is an early piece, one of many written in a male persona. The narrator is a composite character based upon my fascination for climbing inside others’ minds and world perceptions, often people torn by personal moral dilemma. Writing is, for me, a way to understand people and the world, a necessary way. It helps me understand that we are all born different. It is the creative activity I like best of all and I feel blessed when it comes upon me.
In our Fall short story contest, Patricia’s story Top of the World was selected for the collection. Patricia was born in Slovakia, but she attended the Southampton Solent University in the UK where she graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts (magazine journalism and feature writing). Currently working on an Internship basis for an Italian fashion website Modalines, and writing voraciously in her free time. 22-year-old Whedonist and insomniac by choice. Obsessed with reading (anything from George R. R. Martin to Erich Maria Remarque), watching 1950’s films and writing after 2am.
In our Fall short story contest, James received a special mention for his story The Fall. James lives and works in Dundee on the east coast of Scotland. He finds great pleasure in seeing creativity in people,especially his one year old son. James has studied refugee and human rights law and has an interest in people’s worldviews and theology. He also enjoys extreme weather conditions, football, country music and beer. When ideas and time coincide he likes to write; and loves exploring his interests by telling stories about them.re.
Samuel’s short story Carrier won first place in our Fall contest. From the city of Bath in Somerset, England, Samuel Dodson graduated from Warwick University with a First Class BA Hons in English Literature & Creative Writing. Having worked as an editor and writer for the internationally acclaimed Contemporary and Modern Art online gallery and also as the Regional Editor for the UK & Europe for Food magazine Guestaurant. Samuel returned to Warwick to take his MA in Writing and continue writing a novel based on the memoirs his grandfather left him detailing his experiences as a medical officer in the Second World War. His short story Living was published in the Verge 2011 Anthology, The Unknowable.