Some say Spring is for cleaning – but what you should really do is chuck it and get a free copy of Twisted Tales, a Readers’ Choice selection of short fiction from Readers’ Circle of Avenue Park. Literary lies, epic yarns – it’s an eclectic collection of stories by authors from around the globe.
In today’s Meet the Authors series I’m delighted to welcome to the blog Charlie Flowers and Hannah Haq, co-authors of “The Night Passengers.” It’s no stretch that Charlie and Hannah wrote the story, seeing how they have been getting up to no good for years. It was only a matter of time before they started writing about what they have seen and the people they’ve encountered. This is their first short story. But not the last, oh no.
Your story “The Night Passengers” appears in the Readers Circle of Avenue Park’s recent anthology Twisted Tales. What made you decide on that story?
A combination of some long, interrupted train journeys on that line, and also, the fact that the two characters in the story are very familiar types! Chalk and cheese, but when you dig down you find that they have more in common than you or they would think.
Did you find writing a short story easier or harder to write than what you’ve written in the past?
Generally, short stories are actually harder as you have to close all the arcs more quickly than you would in a novel. Even if the short story stands alone, if it’s part of a series you have to close the arcs- i.e. have a beginning, a middle, and an end; AND set the reader up for the next parts!
Who has been an important influence on your journey as a writer?
Stephen King, especially his “On Writing”, loads of Bollywood films, and finally, Ralph Peters. Look him up, readers.
What’s your next project?
Next project for Charlie is the sixth novel in the Riz Sabir thrillers series, “Banger”, which is set around 2007 in Ford Britain, and (you’ll like this Joe) Japan. Next project for Charlie and Hannah is “The Jackrabbit Express”, which is a romance novel – “The Night Passengers” is the first chapter in this forthcoming book. Insha’allah it will be out later this year!
Please share a little more of your writing background.
Me and and Hannah have been getting up to no good for years, be it impersonating random childrens’ parents at school evenings, upsetting people at the opera, or just generally being bad Muslims. So it was only a matter of time before we started writing about what we have seen and the people we’ve encountered.