Today, for my #SundayBlogShare, I am delighted to reveal the news that Solstice Publishing has accepted my collection of short stories based on plays by Shakespeare. I had intended to get the collection ready for publication in 2016, the 400th anniversary of his death. But ‘stuff happens’ and I hadn’t written enough till earlier this year. So I’m celebrating the 401st anniversary instead!
The collection is called Cast Off. Each story is between 1,000 and 5,000 words long. Each has, as the central figure, one of the bard’s female characters. The story is built around what they might have been doing, or thinking about, during the times they were not on stage – writing their diary, arguing about what lines they’ve been given, wondering whether to go back on stage for the final act …
Mostly they are light-hearted. Although they make use of the plots in the plays, they are meant to engage the general reader who does not go to the theatre often, let alone to Shakespeare; people who enjoy the occasional trip out to see a play by Shakespeare; and even people who know his work well (so may recognise the odd quotation or reference). But they shouldn’t upset the scholars either – there is nothing too iconoclastic!
Some people may have already read one or more of the stories, as four have appeared in different anthologies, published by Solstice, in recent years:
Chains of Magic – The Food of Love
Journey to the Fair Mountain – A Winter Holiday Anthology
The Ghost Queen – Realms of Fantastic Stories, Volume 1.
A Midsummer Day’s Dream – Let’s Have Fun, Volume Three
All these anthologies are available from the Solstice website: http://www.solsticepublishing.com
Or via my Amazon author pages: