Hi everyone, I had the opportunity last week to read “The Wrong Grave” a collection of short stories by Kelly Link. It’s published here in Oz by Text Publishing, available now. I normally don’t go for short stories as such, but Kelly has a way with words that is mesmerising. The first story of which the book is titled really threw me a six. I enjoyed the twists and turns in the story and would heartily recommend this book to readers who want something a little different.
She is definitely an author that I will keep an eye out for (not because I think she’s going to send zombies after me or anything).
I have one chapter to go on my current work in progress, a Girl Space Pirate adventure, which started out pretty adventurous but has evolved into more angst than I had predicted. I was surprised at how things happened. I’m a plotter and I like to have the story mapped out but be flexible enough to change here and there in case something better comes along. But as I was writing Lenni’s story she had her own ideas of who she was and how she reacted to things I threw at her. It’s only a first draft, there’s a whole lot to fix up with grammar (cough cough punctuation! – my nemesis) and description etc but I’ve just reread it and I like it. I just hope my beta readers do too. It’s got romance, revenge, death and redemption all thrown in together, oh and piracy, there has to be a pirate every now and again.
The thing is, I can’t come up with a decent title. I never am good with these things, but this story has no title except Girl Space Pirate… Maybe I should hold a contest and give away a book or two to whoever can come up with the best title.
I do have a copy of The Wrong Grave to give away to Australian/New Zealand commenters (I still don’t have enough money to send a book overseas sorry to our wonderful overseas readers). If you can come up with a whizbang title I’d be very grateful.