Today, author Monica Sagle Zwikstra takes over my blog about her debut short story, ‘Storm House,” appearing in the anthology A Haunting of Words (which also features my brand new short story, “Jimmy’s Shadow”)
Tell us about your story “Storm House”
Storm House is about a house that, with every storm, sees the ghostly re-enactment of a murder. A wife killed by her husband. In recent years, the wife has managed to change things and now they take turns killing each other. This time, she thinks she may have found a way to sleep through those annoying storms altogether.
How long have you been a writer?
I have always written little stories for myself. However about four years ago I decided to take it seriously, learning as much as I could about the craft and art of writing. I joined a critique group for my novel work and I am a member of several on line critiquing groups.
What genre do you associate most with in your writing?
I generally say that I am a fantasy writer. Although some of my short stories are Sci Fi and speculative fiction.
What are you working on now?
I recently finished my first novel, (I 'm looking for an agent at this time,) and I have started a new novel.
What advice would you offer to new writers?
Learn the craft, then the art of writing, and be prepared to be learning for the rest of your life, as the learning never ends. And find a good critiquing group, either physically or online, to help you hone your craft.
List links where people can connect with you?
People can find me at www.facebook.com/MonicaZwikstraAuthor/ or @monicasaglezwik on twitter.
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Sunanda Chatterjee is a practicing physician in Southern California. When she is not by the microscope making diagnoses, she loves to write fiction.