"A short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger."
"Eventually, my reading got better, as did my story-writing, progressing onto better-spelt tales about my toys, cats and even a detective called Riggins. At school, I studied English Lit at 'A' level, which wasn't quite what I expected as there was virtually no creative writing - which I realised is what I loved about English. Analysing the life out of Tess of the D'Urbervilles put me off enough so that I spent the next decade only creating stories in my head.
One day (as all my childhood stories began), I realised I missed writing. So I started a story and once I started, I couldn't stop. Not that I found writing easy. It was hard. And I had no idea if I was actually writing anything remotely good. So I submitted a short story to a competition run by Mslexia - because included in the submission was a critique. The story got nowhere in the competition, but the critique from Mslexia was very encouraging.
So began a head-over-heels-type love affair with the world of short story writing, greatly aided by attending workshops with Writing Events, Bath. I love that I can create a world in a couple of hours.
When I wrote The Ghost Boy, I'd been reading a lot of Alice Munro - the best short story writer I've found so far. I entered the 2,200 word story into the Bath Short Story Award 2014 expecting nothing. It was a complete shock when it won. The story has inspired two novels that I'm writing: The World Within and The Sister of the Boy Who, both of which I hope to finish in 2017."
The Ghost Boy, is available to buy as part of the Bath Short Story Award 2014 Anthology, a collection of the top 20 short stories. As well as the story appearing in the anthology, Ele designed the cover using a detail from her collage painting, The Circus Acorns. She was asked to design the cover for the 2015 anthology and the 2016 anthology too.
The Ghost Boy in The Bath Short Story Award Anthology 2014
The Ghost Boy is a short story about 14-year-old Jake Bennett, disabled in a road accident. While his family come to terms with the 'loss' of Jake, he is transported to a world of baked bean sounds and marshmallow beats.