Well, the blurb on the back of the book reads thusly:
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
Every writer knows that there is more than ink that goes into a story. Many would argue that there is also sweat and tears encased in words.
In words, there are hopes and dreams, wants and desires. But there is also blood.
Blood and Ink is a collection of 12 stories that takes an intimate look at the craft of
writing, each following the theme of blood and ink.
Each story follows a different writer or reader as they experience the power of
the written word.
And what it can take from us.
However, the story behind the collection is a little more complicated. When I started writing the short stories, I had no idea they would become a collection.
I thought I was writing a one off short story and I was very happy with it, but I thought I was done-but the collection wasn’t done with me.
I was intrigued by the first short story and wanted to delve deeper. At the time, my boyfriend was studying a lot of different philosophers as part of his university courses and the theories of those philosophers inspired more stories.
Almost all of the stories have a quote at the beginning and that quote is the inspiration for each story, the seed it came from. I wrote stories that touched on Leccan, Barthes, the stream of unconsciousness and the Panopticon. Each story was different, but focused on the same thing: the power that words have over us, either as writer or reader.
During the writing of the collection, my good friend Sharon read a draft and said she was reminded of the quote by Enerst Hemmingway: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” She had just given me a title.
The collection took over a year to write and it remains my favorite of all my short story collections. And it’s a thrill to be sharing it all with you.
Starting today, October 19th and going to the 23rd, the collection is free to download. And you can download your copy here:
You can download it on your Kindle, your iPad, iPod Touch or your Android device.
It’s the collection I worked the hardest on as I tried to make sense of philosophies and ideas that were new to me; and like the best kind of stories, they grew out of a small seed, only to cover the pages with words.
I truly hope you enjoy Blood and Ink and if you read it, why not leave a review? Or let me know what you think? I hope you have as much fun reading the stories as I did writing them.