As you can probably tell from the photo, the piece focuses on the stories I write for the women's magazine market. Here in the UK there are precious few outlets for the short story writer, and I am more than happy to have found a market for my work. A lot of people have misconceptions about women's magazine fiction (not least the blokes in my writers' group, who always pull a 'just humour him' face whenever I mention it). But by and large these are people who haven't read the magazines lately. Most of the stories I write are crime stories - the one in the current Woman's Weekly Fiction Special is about a male sociopath told through first person narrative by the murderer himself. It's certainly no soppy romance!
But here's the rub: the story in question, The Piano Teacher's Husband, caught the eye of a literary agent. She contacted me just after my last blog entry and offered to represent me. Of course, I accepted - and ever since then I've been busily hammering away at my laptop, writing even more stories. So please forgive me if my blogging is more intermittent than ever!