Well, it’s more like a FAQIAPWAM (Frequently Asked Questions I Assume People Would Ask Me). I haven’t had anybody ask me all these questions, so I made some up.
Q. Why did you choose to write short stories?
A. Because I thought they’d be easier than a novel. (Pause for overwrought laughter.)
Q. Do they involve the same characters as in your novel?
A. No, they feature new characters in new settings.
Q. I loved your novel…
A. Thank you!
Q. … but its subject matter is a little heavy. Do you tackle the same issues in your stories?
A. No, the stories are much lighter. Substantial enough to make a good read, but without the difficult moments in my novel.
Q. What are the stories about?
A. They’re about ordinary people in ordinary life, making decisions that affect the outcome of their day—or their whole lives.
Q. So, not to be offensive, but ordinary people aren’t very exciting.
A. I’m not offended. After all, you’re pretty boring. Haha, just joking! The fact is, ordinary people aren’t boring; we’re all a complex mix of good and bad, wise and foolish. These are sympathetic and funny stories about people you feel like you know.
Q. I’m not convinced. Tell me about some of these ordinary people who aren’t boring.
A. Well, there’s McKee and Cheryl, who take a wrong turn in an unfamiliar town and unknowingly leave a very lasting impression. Or there’s Makayla, whose husband Hunter drives a big expensive truck even though all they can afford to live in is a trailer—plus she’s got a few issues from her first marriage that she hasn’t exactly fixed up. And you’ll want to hang out with Paige Parker—wife, stay-at-home mother of four, superspy, music tycoon, and fantasy wizard warrioress. Other stories involve discovering love in a canoe, Uncle Bobby laid out on the porch, and five pizza recipes.
Q. Hm, you’re right, sounds intriguing.
A. I thought you’d think so. For my longtime “knew-me-back-when” readers, the final story has a distinct Tales from the Creekbank flavor. You’ll like it.
Q. Will it be available in print as well as ebook, like your novel is?
A. As an independent author, I pay for everything. So I’m selling it as an ebook first, and will release it in print when funds allow.
Q. When is the release date?
A. I’m still wrapping up details, so for now it’s “November.”
Q. Will this make a good Christmas gift?
A. Absolutely. Amazon allows you to give an ebook as a gift. If you need a different format, I sell those too.
Q. I bet it would make a good birthday gift, too. Or just a friendship gift. Or maybe an inexpensive splurge on myself!
A. It’s like you’re reading my mind!
Q. So what about the dromedaries who can’t behave? What are the titles of the stories?
A. Oh, come on. You know what I’m going to say.
Q. I have to get the book and see for myself, right?
A. Enjoy! (I really think you will.)