First the bad news: My links are down at least in part. I am shoring things up with temporary links but shunting through the publisher's links for now. This is due to an issue with the publisher's distributor and it's still being fixed. My older titles (Dragon's Talon, Dragon's Voice, SoulBurner) are unaffected. Just the Son of No Man series (Rydan, Celebrant, Northlander, Esparan, Traitor, King) has mixed availability. You can find me on the website: 4horsemenpublications.com/our-authors/d-lambert/ And all the links there appear to be largely ok.
Now back to your regularly scheduled programming:
A short note about short stories!
When I started writing, I could only write long prose. I was the kid who, when prompted to 'finish the story' in English class, I was never done because instead of wrapping things up, I was building things up! I wrote novels, not shorts, and not novellas or novelettes! My ideas were too epic!
But as time went on, I realized I was missing out. You see, I think it's harder to write short than long! In long prose like Novels, you can follow those side tracks and beef up those characters and if things interest you down another road, you can do it! But in a short story, every word is precious. You have to keep things simple, hinting at the world around you but not exploring it. So much more is left to the imagination.
In other words, you have to be a damn good writer to write short stories that work well. I am of course talking about the story that hooks you, carries you along, and then finishes strong! A LOT of short stories don't do that!
I started by doing short stories 'excerpts' when I used parts of my novel and tried to make them short stories, but they didn't stand alone; they didn't wrap up. So I instead worked on doing short stories that were sort of 'from the other point of view' such as "Dragon Speaker" (amzn.to/38aZ9nE) where the story takes place concurrently to Dragon's Voice, but is the wizard's point of view. And "Someone" (https://amzn.to/3wpjfHO) is the story of Aleen... a side character you meet in "Dragon's Talon".
I keep up with other short story writing because I truly believe it helps my novels! If I can write with the precision and care of a short story throughout a novel, then that's a great story!
Now I need to write a new short story! I'm open to suggestions!
Meantime; group promos below!
D. Lambert, author
Fantasy novels that entice, inspire, and entertain.