Day T of the 2013 Blogging from A to Z April challenge. Today’s topic: “Tim and Sara,” my short story available on Kindle (and soon to be Nook, whenever I get to it).
The victim of debilitating flashbacks, Tim is content to spend the rest of his life at Kirkbride, a state mental hospital. But his friend and fellow resident Sara is concerned that she has to save her soul before it’s too late, and so she devises a plan to break them out of the hospital. Can Tim help his friend while holding onto what’s left of his sanity?
Last summer I decided to try the ebook self-publishing route with one of my longer short stories, “Tim and Sara.” I put it on Amazon for $.99, gave it away for free for a few days, and sat back to watch the results.
To date, I have 9 reviews on Amazon (1 on Amazon.ca) and 1 on Goodreads: 7 5-star and 3 4-star.
What readers are saying:
“…a deep look into fragile minds, victims of sadness, coping as best they know how.”
“Martin sets a scene full of vivid imagery and compelling dialogue.”
“Her writing is clear and colorful, and Tim and Sara’s plight is immediately gripping.”
“…a fascinating look at a complex relationship and how we’re sometimes pulled into each other’s destinies.”
“Never guessed where this was going to take me. Surprises to the end.”
“Tim is a well-defined character, who will cast shadows in my mind for a long time.”
I’m really proud of how good the response has been, and it’s encouraged me to self-publish a couple short story collections, including the upcoming The Futility of Loving a Soldier, which should be out May 25th, and Between Light and Dark, hopefully out around Christmas (and containing a story about Sara and what drove her so “bat shit insane,” as Tim puts it).
If you haven’t read “Tim and Sara” yet, what are you waiting for? For the price of a cheeseburger, you could read a story readers are raving about.