|LIBBON Magazine, 2006|
I've reached the last day of the tour! If you've been following me around the blogosphere over the past couple of weeks, thank you so much – I hope this tour has helped to give some insight into the stories, or made you want to read them for the first time.
Thanks for hosting me today Michelle.
I've saved That Sadie Thing for today, a nice little psychological story that has given more than one person a few palpitations. Oh, how I love that I did that.
It's the story of a stalker, with a couple of surprises along the way, and slightly different from the stories I'd written up to that point. I'd wanted to write a story in second person (yes, yet another experiment), but then the narrator started talking about this woman called Sadie, the stalkee, and I realised it wouldn't be. The narrator talks to the reader quite a lot, though, and I think – I hope that's what makes it a more unnerving read.
Unusually for me, I didn't know how I was going to end this story. It only became clear to me once I realised that it was the narrator's story, not Sadie's, that I was telling. What I was a bit miffed about, when I saw the story in the magazine, was that the final sentence had been put at the top of a completely new column. It's only five words, I know, but they finish off the story, like a hem of a dress. If readers didn't realise it was there – and even I had to search for it – the story isn't complete, it doesn't quite have the same impact.
At least that sentence is very much part of the story now!
I live in Cornwall, with a good supply of beaches and moorland right on my doorstep. I live with my husband, two boys, a dog and a cat. Despite my location. I neither surf nor sail, and have never had any inclination to try. I much prefer walking along the beach and listening to the waves crashing over rocks. For this reason, I really love the beach in the winter!
It's been a real pleasure to have Annalisa at my place today, on the final stop of her blog tour, to promote her collection of short stories That Sadie Thing. If you haven't read the collection yet, I encourage you to do so. You won't be sorry!