Next Stop-Douglas Esper

Author Name: Douglas Esper
Title of your AJOW story: Broken Wing
Brief synopsis of your AJOW story: A young couple travels across the country to visit relatives. Along they way they pickup an unexpected passenger burdened an old family secret.
What inspired you to write this story? My obsession with the impact our encounters with strangers have on the course of the universe and how those ripples effect our lives for generations
How long have you been writing? More importantly, I’ve been creating stories since before I could put them down on paper.
What genre do you usually write in and why? This is one people keep telling me I need to figure out. I get that writing in one genre is easier to market, but so far I’ve jumped from thriller to new adult to horror, to sports fiction, to general fiction, to sci-fi, to western, to… I think if I could get myself to pick just one it would be mystery…or thriller…or suspense…or…
What else are you working on writing at the moment? a suspense/thriller novel, In The Watershed about a group of plane crash survivors stuck in a blizzard in the Rocky mountains…and one of them is a killer. A short story collection tied loosely together by blood relations, coincidence, greed, and an old Turkish rug. A young adult fantasy series that begins in a black and white world and our main characters aim to learn the secret power held in colors.
What advice do you have to give to new writers? Have faith in what you’re doing and don’t let yourself get bogged down by rules and other obstacles.
How can people discover more about you and your work?

You can find Broken Wing and 34 other short stories in A Journey of Words:

About Laurie Gardiner

Laurie has loved writing as long as she can remember. Her first published work, “'Til Death Do Us Part,” placed first in the 1997 Cambridge Writers’ Collective short story contest. Her latest works include short stories, “Retribution" and "Thief," appearing respectively in Scout Media's 2016 and 2017 anthologies, A Journey of Words and A Haunting of Words. Over the years, her poetry has also been published in various anthologies. Her debut novel, Tranquility, published in 2015, by Escargot Books and Music, was inspired by her work as a personal support worker specializing in dementia care. In 2015, she graduated with honors from Conestoga College’s Creative Writing program. She’s a Canadian, an avid reader, a yogi, and a Gemini. She grew up on a farm in remote northern Ontario, and now lives in Cambridge, Ontario with her husband and cat.
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