As part of her book tour, I have a guest post from author Kimberly Richardson. She’s sharing a flash fiction story called Strangers.
Between writing short stories and novels of a dark, weird, and sinister nature, I do like to write ordinary flash fiction every so often; it gives me a chance to get an idea out of my head that would be no longer than a paragraph for the purposes of tweaking it and making it my own. Most of the inspiration comes from watching people mingle about in their day-to-day lives, making me a modern day flaneur. When I watch them, I wonder what they’re going to do that day, if they’ve had something to eat, will they meet up with friends, if they’ve seen the latest films, what kinds of music they like and so on. Sometimes, these people will interact with me as stranger to stranger and that interaction leaves a mark on me that needs to be turned into a story. In my books Tales From a Goth Librarian, Mabon/Pomegranate and The Decembrists, I love to show that it can be that several minute conversation with a stranger that makes all the difference in the world to someone else, sometimes even leading to a complete change of life. So, rather than present one of my stranger stories on this post, I would like to instead share one of my favourite flash stories. Enjoy!
Evening in Paris. I told him that when he asked me the name of my perfume. For a moment, I did not know he was speaking to me for my mind had wandered as soon as I walked into my employer’s building. My morning so far had been good and I was already thinking of after work time spent writing another story, so it did surprise me when a complete stranger paid attention to a part of me like that. He asked me the name of the perfume I wore and I told him. As we got on the elevator with three other people, each of us mentally plotting out our work strategy for the day, I found myself wondering about the stranger who now stood in front of me. Would he go to a department store after work and locate the perfume for his girlfriend, wife, or even mother? Maybe the perfume reminded him of a lost love during his college years or the beginning of a new one. Or perhaps the scent provoked him to think of old and dusty books read while intoxicated and smoking French cigarettes. Still, I wondered if he would even remember speaking to me; we humans have a funny knack for forgetting matters minutes after they have occurred.
After found as an infant crawling among books in an abandoned library, Kimberly Richardson grew up to become an eccentric woman with a taste for jazz, drinking tea, reading books, speaking French and Japanese, playing her violin and writing stories that cause people to make the strangest faces. Her first book, Tales From a Goth Librarian, was published through Kerlak Publishing and named a Finalist in both the USA Book News Awards for Fiction: Short Story for 2009 and the International Book Awards for Fiction: Short Story in 2010. Ms. Richardson is also the Editor of the award winning Steampunk anthology Dreams of Steam, the award winning sequel, Dreams of Steam II: Of Brass and Bolts, and the upcoming Dreams of Steam III, all published through Kerlak Publishing. Other short stories and poetry by Ms. Richardson have been published through Sam’s Dot Publishing, Midnight Screaming and FootHills Publishing. Her first full-length novel, The Decembrists (Kerlak Publishing), will be out in 2012. Her other book, Mabon and Pomegranate (Kerlak Publishing), will be out in 2012 as well.
Kimberly Richardson, author of “Tales From a Goth Librarian,” explores what happens when the realm of myths and legends collides with modern society in two compelling and captivating novellas. Mabon: What would you do if you discovered that your dreams were real? Monica had no idea that moving to the small town of Mabon would be the answer to her prayers, and yet so much more… Pomegranate: Alexandra has it all: a great job, a wonderful husband, and very few worries in the world. Yet, when a black clad stranger enters her life, she is suddenly thrust into a world of myths and legends all contained in the skin of an infamous fruit.
Sophie Joyce, a young writer, soon becomes a part of best selling author Hilliard Ravensdale’s elitist world. Yet, what she desperately wants comes at a terrible price, revealing a secret from Hilliard’s past that will threaten to destroy them both. Award-winning author Kimberly Richardson turns her literary eye to the world of sex, control, uprisings, secrets, and lies, all wrapped within a story worthy to be called modern Gothic.