Title: A Surprise for Christine: And Other Lighthearted Short Stories
Genre: Anthology/Short Stories
Synopsis: One woman sits on a city bus, reflecting on her life—do both need change in direction? Is it possible that a single pea left on plate can change one’s future? What dark secrets will be revealed by an old suitcase? And will the surprise for Christine go according to plan?
Playing upon a myriad of sentiments and emotions, Eileen Thornton’s A Surprise for Christine is a collection of twelve sweet, lighthearted, and romantic stories sure to brighten even the darkest of days.
CH: Today’s Guest Author is Eileen Thornton. Eileen has a vivid imagination which she says enhances her writing. Welcome to my blog, Eileen.
CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?
ET: The stories are both cheerful and uplifting, and will brighten your day.
CH: Where did you get the premise for this collection of twelve short stories?
ET: The stories in this collection have all been previously published in women’s magazines here in the UK. I simply thought it would be a good idea to put a few of them together as an anthology. Incidentally, I still have many more previously published short stories which I could use in other anthologies.
CH: Where did your ideas come from for this collection of short stories? Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?
ET: I make up all my stories as I write them, whether they are novels or short stories.
In the case of the short stories in question, I always dreamed up a last line before I started to write. I then went on to construct and develop the story, so that it ended with that very line. Another little quirk of mine was that invariably that last line became the title of the short story. Therefore, I had a title and a punchline before I even started.
Does that sound weird? 🙂
CH: No, Not at all. So, was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?
ET: Most of the stories are based on the sort of things that happen in the world around us. Though, I should add that none of the issues were based on any specific person or situation. The only exception is where I have used something that involves my own thoughts on a matter. Does that make sense?
Hopefully, my answer to one of the questions later will make it clearer.
CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your light-hearted writing?
ET: I simply like to think that these stories are fun and will brighten the day of the reader. They are all very short. Therefore, they can be read during a coffee break at work or at home. Also, because the stories were written for women’s magazines, they do not contain erotica or anything that might offend anyone.
CH: Where are you from? Does your background have any influence on this book?
ET: I was born in North East England – Gateshead to be exact. However, I have lived in and around London and now live in the Scottish Borders. To be honest, I don’t think my background has influenced the way I write, either in my short stories or novels. But there might be some people out there, who have read my work and disagree. They might see something in my writing, which I am missing.
CH: Who was your favorite character to write? Which story is your favorite in this book?
ET: As we are talking about very short stories, I don’t really have a favorite character. However, I do have a few favorite stories. The one that always springs to mind is called The Last Pea on the Plate. Then there is, The Number 57 Bus, and, Same Time on Friday? In the case of the first two, the ideas came from the way my mind works. I seem to have it in my head that things, as well as people have feelings. Therefore, in my world, such things as peas and buses must have feelings. I told you I was weird. J
CH: How long have you been writing? How did you start writing?
ET: I began writing in 2001 when I started a correspondence course with The Writers’ Bureau. It was meant to be a hobby. Something I could drop in and out of now and again. But then, with The Writers’ Bureau’s encouragement, I began to submit articles and short stories to various magazines in the UK. I was absolutely delighted when my work was accepted for publication.
CH: So what’s next for you as an author?
ET: At the moment, I am working on a new novel. It is called Murder on Tyneside. There is still a long way to go, as I am still writing the first draft, and yes, in case anyone is wondering, I am making the whole thing up as I go along. I do hope my publisher likes it when I have finished.
CH: As far as accolades or achievements, what would you say has been your greatest achievement?
ET: I suppose the fact that my work has been published is a great achievement for me. Something I never thought would happen.
CH: You seem to have quite a few reviews on your first two books, So, what kind of feedback are you getting from readers of this book?
ET: Feedback for A Surprise for Christine has been very slow. I’m not sure why. Perhaps those who have read it forgot to go back and leave a review.
CH: Are there any books or authors that influence you as an author?
ET: I think, when I started writing my first novel, I was influenced by Stephen King. In some of his novels, I found that he tended to plunge straight to the point of the story. Therefore, I did that with The Trojan Project. The How’s, Why’s and wherefores all unfold later.
CH: Last but not least, why do you write, and what do you want readers to take from your novels?
ET: I write simply because I enjoy doing so. I don’t know how I managed all the years before I took up writing. I like creating characters, and then discovering what they all get up to as the story moves on. As I said earlier, I make up stories as I go along and that includes novels. Therefore, my characters have a free rein. There are times when I think they carry on with the story when I have closed down my computer for the night! It certainly seemed that way with my characters in Divorcees.Biz. Those four ladies seemed have a great time when my back was turned.
CH: Can you give my audience your website address?
ET: My website address is http://www.eileenthornton.com I would be delighted if anyone stopped by to take a look.
CH: Can you tell my audience where they can purchase your book?
ET: All my books can be found on Amazon. Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/28MQKve
CH: Any closing remarks?
ET: Firstly, I would like to give Cheryl a big thank you, for allowing me this opportunity to meet up and chat with her and her readers.
I would certainly love to hear from you all either on my website, my blog http://www.lifeshard-winehelps.blogspot.com where you will find I write about everything and nothing or through twitter @eileenmaud2.
I hope you all have a great day!
CH: Thank you, Eileen Thornton, for taking time out of your busy schedule to join me and my blog followers. It has been a real pleasure discussing your writing journey and your book with my audience.
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