21 Minutes

Today’s A Journey of Words blog swap features author Susan Gibbons and her short story “21 Minutes

Brief synopsis of your AJOW story: A woman who is a germaphobe with OCD tendencies rides the public metro
What inspired you to write this story? Being a germaphobe with OCD tendencies, I thought “What could be the absolute worst journey of my life?” (because that’s what I always think) and this story appeared.
How long have you been writing? I had a poem published in an anthology when I was around 9 or 10 years old. A friend of mine, like a lot of kids, wanted to be part of a band and I wrote some songs. I kept a journal of little stories here and there. I still have them. In 6th grade, I had an idea to write a book that I finally finished when I was 44 years old! It is a novelette called “The Veil” and will be published as part of a 3 story inspirational-romance set.
What genre do you usually write in and why? Romance and inspirational-romance. I don’t feel there is enough real romance or inspiration today. Romance isn’t sex. Inspiration isn’t a video game.
What else are you working on writing at the moment? My first romance book “The Mirror” will be out in autumn 2016. It is the first of The Dreamers Trilogy. I am revising and editing the other two books, as well as I’ve started a new book and am finishing up the 2 inspirational-romance set that goes along with “The Veil”. This inspirational-romance set characters interact at least once with one or more characters of The Dreamers Trilogy.
What advice do you have to give to new writers? Never give up! I had a dream of being published when I was in elementary school. At the age of 45, that dream is finally coming true.

How can people discover more about you and your work?

FB: www.facebook.com/authorsusangibbons

Website: seuglea.wixsite.com/authorsusangibbons

Twitter: @WriterSGibbons

You can find “21 Minutes”, along with thirty-four other short stories from authors around the world, in Scout Media’s latest anthology, A Journey of Words, available now at http://www.scoutmediabooksmusic.com/a-journey-of-words

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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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