Marlon S. Hayes

Next stop on the A Journey of Words blog tour features my favourite poet, and author of the short story “Daddy’s Boy”, Marlon S Hayes.

Synopsis: A man takes a long dreamt of road trip with his father, in an attempt to heal long held grudges and wounds.
What inspired me to write this story? After I wrote it, I realized the story sprang from all of the questions I would have liked to ask my own father, a deceased heroin addict, who was also a brilliant, talented artist.
How long have I been writing? I’ve been writing since I was 11, but I didn’t take it seriously until 2013, when I published my first book.
What genre do I usually write in and why? I don’t have a genre, other than plain fiction. I constantly challenge myself to write about different subjects, in order to become a better writer.
What else am I working on/writing at the moment? Finding a publisher for a novel, publishing a coffee table book of poems, editing a short story anthology, and my main WIP is tentatively titled “My Calling,” the tale of life through a serial killer’s eyes.
My advice to new writers? Just write. Follow the processes of reading, writing, rewriting, and learning. Repetition makes a writer better.
How can people discover more about me and my work? Follow me daily @ Marlon’s Writings on Facebook, where I post poetry, short stories, and updates

You can find “Daddy’s Boy” along with thirty-four other short stories from authors around the world in Scout Media‘s latest anthology, 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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