“I think [suicide] is an important subject to write about and love that the author does not shy away from such a vital subject.”
“They all put forward their pain and sadness they experienced in childhood and life in a way that it was hard not to feel them. I came out of the book like I was part of their friendship.”
“The characters are all well rounded and highly likeable. Their flaws are understandable and help us to see the world from their point of view.”
Over the last week, I’ve seen a great increase in the number of downloads of my perma-free short story, Autumn Sky. I’m not going to question why, any reason is good enough for me! But it feels good to see this short story climb the charts once more, for various reasons.
When I first wrote this story, it was meant to be a full-length novel based on my experiences. But when it came to putting the words on paper, I just couldn’t do it. It was too raw, too upsetting, and far too difficult to write. So I decided to try a shorter version, using only a few key events and changing some details completely. Autumn Sky was the result.
Initially, I wasn’t particularly enamoured by this story. It was too personal for me to feel any emotions about it. And then the reviews started to come in, and I…
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When she finally settles back at her computer, I decide it’s time to take action. I still need to pull this off quickly and smoothly. Next to a freshly dug flower bed, a shovel catches my eye and inspires a plan. I grab the shovel and approach the back door. Through the glass panes in the door, I can plainly see into the empty kitchen. I place my knife in my waist band and dial her number once more.
Annabelle has just settled back at the computer when the ringing of the phone disturbs her a second time. The sooner she buys another set of telephones the better, and then she won’t have to keep traipsing out of her study to answer it. “Hello?” She hears that annoying automated silence again and curses the wretched sales people who she believes are calling her.
Again Lang remains silent… While she’s…
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“I would definitely recommend to readers of Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, who like a slower paced, multi character lead read, that is well written and an emotionally deep and well thought out book.”
“This is a really well written hard hitting book about what is a taboo subject for some, it is handled with delicacy and the book really shows so well the impact and knock on effect that suicide can have.”
The Northern Quarter is Beth's favourite part of Manchester. Its spirit cannot be captured on video.
“It is rare that an author can articulate the type of pain inflicted through the act of suicide. In The Second Cup , Sarah Marie Graye does this, not through one voice, but four.”
I still have some current editions of The Second Cup in paperback, so I tagged my books with Book Fairies stickers!