For all the lost souls and the one who found mine
I'm probably as surprised as you are to be reading this collection. I hadn't planned on bringing another one out, not so soon after the first - Toasted Fiction. People would maybe wonder if I'd sold loads of copies of the first collection and this was why I was writing a second, filled with longer short stories. Others may have thought that I should possibly focus on selling the first one but I've never been much of a salesman - I could never sell people insurance for their tablets or TVs very well, let alone my own books - but I don't. Mainly because I'm not a businessman - I'm a writer, man. And because I have a lot of stories running through my head, racing to the page and I want the chance to tell them. One thing I've learned and believe is that you shouldn't wait for permission to create, nor should you wait for someone to hand you the opportunity to write or tell a story. You've got to make that opportunity yourself and sometimes it means doing it yourself.
I first released this collection in December 2017 (which you can still buy in Paperback or Digital) and I still love the stories within. And I'm excited to release them for the Wattpad community to read.
It all came together rather quickly. One night I was thinking about the stories I'd written and just left on my desktop gathering digital dust. The next day I was planning to release them all in a new collection. That collection was originally titled Desktop Rejects. Then I started to read through them and an altogether better idea sprung to mind. It was an idea that unified the stories in the book together in a pleasant, warm and hopeful way. It was an idea that became my new obsession which is why you're holding this book in your hands, hopefully pleasantly surprised – although I don't blame you if it's just surprise, there's always one person that insists on buying books as a present.
I love stories of all shapes and sizes and I'm no stranger to the darker side of fiction. Every so often though I need something light. Stories that act as a pick-me up. Stories that are full of hope, love and warmth that leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling inside. These were the rules that I applied to the stories in this book – they all had to make you smile, make you feel warm and fill you with a sense of hope. Whether it's a story about a kid trying to steal a wig, a broken down car, a late night quest for crisps and dip or even the apocalypse, each story in this book is designed to do one thing; leave you smiling.
I hope you enjoy this book. I have my favourite stories within and I hope you find a few favourites in here too. If you do, your comments are welcome - nay, they are encouraged.
The world is a dark place sometimes, but don't worry, the Shadow People Won't Take Us Alive.
Allow me to light the way...