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My stories have heavily been influenced by my interest in that which is mysterious and unknown, what lurks beyond. The television series, The Twilight Zone — long a favorite of mine — really encapsulated this theme brilliantly, I think. It is a bit difficult to write in the paranormal genre at least for me, because for my stories, I wanted to keep the situations real and not go too far off the edge and have the believability factor go out the window. I think that the reader needs to have that sense of, can this actually happen, is this happening? So, there was a lot of thought and fine-tuning that went into the stories for this reason.
The stories came out of my interest in exploring the possibilities that lie out there. For example, Parallelograms deals with the possibility that each of us has a double. Random explores what can happen if a message released with a balloon lands at a strange destination. Up There delves into what can happen when two people meet, yet one of these people might not be of this world.
There are two lessons that stand out that I’ve learned as an author. One might seem cliché, but that is not to give up on the writing, even when you feel that the stories have nowhere to go and the process seems overwhelming. Just stop, take a break, brainstorm with fellow writers if you can for ideas and come back to it with a fresh perspective and jot down any new ideas that you think would fit into the story, or stories as in my case. Also, related to this, and this was important for me, don’t be afraid to deviate from an original idea and take a chance if you feel another idea is better. I have found it’s so important to continually hone my writing until I am satisfied that I am telling a story that is worthwhile and communicates well.
Bio: I was born on the isle of Manhattan and began writing stories at an early age. There are things besides writing that I love to do. Mainly, travel, read, and indulge in decadent delights such as Australian red licorice and trying different perfumes.
- Paperback: 110 pages
- Publisher: Outskirts Press (December 27, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1478714859
- ISBN-13: 978-1478714859
The Cadence Group has released the paperback edition of Prudence MacGregor’s short story collection, Trilogy.
Description: Trilogy is comprised of three stories, all of which have an otherworldly, paranormal theme to them. Each of the main characters in these stories wrestles with extraordinary circumstances in an otherwise ostensibly ordinary world. Journey with the stories’ main characters as they navigate the unplumbed depths of the unknown.
The first story, “Parallelograms,” centers on protagonist Justine, a determined yet troubled young woman who, quite by accident, discovers that she has a double and thus finds herself facing unexpected and ultimately terrifying consequences. Her previously tightly controlled world spins out of control, causing her to question her very existence.
The second story in the trilogy, “Random,” concerns Ulyssa, a young woman who is intrigued by the possibility of releasing a balloon with a note and seeing where it lands. This seemingly innocent activity will take her down a dark path, the circumstances of which may or may not be resolved. This will conflict with the outwardly picture perfect world that she thought she inhabited.
The final title, “Up There,” focuses on Gregory, an unassuming office worker who is fascinated by the airplanes he sees in the sky. Quite by accident he meets Sherry, a beautiful motivational speaker who just may have a connection to one of the planes he has seen. An activity he previously saw as harmless and a bit innocuous – watching planes fly overhead and guessing their destinations – turns questionable and ultimately forces him to take a look at his world: is it real or has it always been an illusion?
You can pick up a copy through Amazon here: Trilogy
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Thanks to,Rebecca, at the Cadence Group we are offering 1 lucky commenter a print copy of “Trilogy”. Open to U. S. Residents only,sorry. No P. O. Boxes,please. Giveaway will run from today April 2 until April 9,2013.
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