The writing styles used in short stories can be somewhat unusual or surprising to its readers, sometimes their writers use literary techniques which might wear a reader down if employed through the length of a novel. Short stories make the perfect fodder to create anthologies. You will discover the seven short stories contained in this Celebrating of the Short Story are as diverse in technique and theme as one could hope for. Nevertheless, they are united in the fact that they are each in and of themselves short stories.
Celebrating the Short Story takes you on seven diverse journeys. Go along with Delores Strong to what might be the end of the world in C. D. Sutherland's Roll Call. Experience a special Christmas celebration between a daughter and her mother in Beverly Flander's The Stroke of Christmas. See a widow solve a case of a missing prize rose in Judy Burford's The Theft. Follow a sister's adventure of discovery in Carole Lehr Johnson's Edge of the Sea. Discover how an entire clan was saved to alter history in Tammy Kirby's Saving the McKinnon. See how a young girl's life was changed because someone cared in Eileen K. Copeland's A Christmas Feral. Finally, experience a launch into space in Eileen K. Copeland's A Dream of Snow.
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About the Author
C. D. Sutherland is a B-52 pilot turned novelist, with his The Chronicles of Susah series. These novels defy conventional classification as they blend action and emotional tension with technology and spiritual intrigue in a coming of age story wrapped in an epic adventure set in the antediluvian age. His readers have called him the founding father of this genre, Antediluvian Steampunk. Born in Virginia, to the son of a coal-miner who escaped a life in the dark Appalachian mines by joining the U.S. military, C. D. Sutherland also joined the military. After high school, he served in the Air Force for thirty-two years, seeing much of the world, flying jets and doing other such things most men have only dreamed of doing.
Beverly Flanders was born in Kokomo, Indiana, but spent her childhood as an Army Brat so her roots were shallow. Changing locations, schools, and even cultures was routine. She graduated from Ferrum Junior College in Ferrum Virginia and then attended Indiana University where she met and married a banker from a small town in Louisiana. She is the mother of 3 perfect children and the grandmother of 6 even more perfect grandchildren. She is active in her church and teaches a Senior Adult ladies Sunday School class. Before his death in 2009, she and her husband spent sixteen years overseeing the care of six elderly relatives in various stages of dementia and living arrangements. Life experiences and a “crash-course” in Elder Care provide plenty of material for many stories yet to be written.
Judy Burford serves as president of ACFW Louisiana. She is a charter member of the organization and has served as secretary and vice-president. She has two short stories and her personal testimony published in anthologies; self-published A Special Touch of Grace, a collection of stories about missionaries; and edited The Cross Murders, a Christian fiction detective novel written by a friend. Encouraging other authors brings her joy. Judy is a resident of Gloster, Louisiana, a small farming community in DeSoto Parish. Judy and her husband, Hall, have two daughters and four grandchildren. They have hosted nine exchange students for six months to a year and have hosted several of the students’ friends and family for extended visits. For most of the fifty-two years, she has lived in Gloster, Judy and Hall were dairy farmers, along with 100+ other DeSoto Parish farmers. Today, there are only two dairies left in DeSoto Parish, and Judy and Hall, along with their daughter, Holley, run beef cattle on their farm. Judy, the daughter of a farmer, graduated from LSU in Baton Rouge, majoring and getting a degree in Agriculture Business, though her primary goal was to marry a farmer. Agriculture is one of her life passions. Cooking (and eating), traveling, reading, growing and arranging flowers, and sunshiny days are some of Judy’s favorite things. Travel has taken her to Lithuania, where daughter Lara and her husband live; Germany, Finland, and Brazil, the home of exchange students; California and Georgia, where two of the grandchildren are in college; mission trips in various parts of the world, including China and Niger, Africa. Judy and Hall are very involved in their church, Gloster Baptist, which is conveniently located across the street from their house. Judy serves as church pianist, and she and Hall teach an adult Sunday school class. Judy arranges flowers for the Sunday worship services and sings in the choir. When writing, Judy enjoys the way characters take on life and personalities of their own. Her short story, The Theft, began when one sentence popped into her head: “I’d like to report a theft.” Then Olivia and her plight began to take shape.
Carole Lehr Johnson is a veteran travel consultant of more than 30 years and has served as head of genealogy at a local library. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and an active participant in her local ACFW chapter. She has traveled the world and prefers the rolling hills of England. A true Anglophile, Carole loves all things British, thus her branding, Tea Time for the Heart, revolves around U.K. based fiction for lovers of tea and scones, castles and cottages, and all things British. Her love of the U.K. has taken her across the pond many times to explore its gorgeous landscapes and buildings as she conducts research for her writing. Carole lives in Louisiana with her husband and tortoise cat, Lizzy (named after Elizabeth Bennett). Her only child, Daniel, graduated from Boston University and currently lives in San Francisco where he works for Reddit. Carole has published a short story in a women’s non-fiction anthology, travel articles and photography, several devotionals, won a local writing contest and has completed her first inspirational novel.
Tammy Kirby has written for a Christian Regency Blog in the past and her Victorian Inspirational Romance, His Grace Forgiven placed second in the 2016 Great Beginnings Contest. She holds an Associate Degree in Registered Nursing and works at a rural hospital in NE Louisiana, where she lives with her husband. In her free time, she pampers grandkids and writes beneath the surface about broken people finding hope and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
Eileen Copeland is a wife and mother of two grown children. A grateful Christ-follower, she loves to encourage others with the sure knowledge of God’s love. As a certified road-tripper, she enjoys traveling with her husband to various parts of the country. She hopes to make it to all fifty states one day. Her favorite destination is anywhere there is a beach or snow-capped mountains. After working her day job as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Eileen often retreats to a book where she can enjoy the world of a favorite writer or immerses herself in her own writing. On days off, you might find her visiting her three grandchildren and their parents (a daughter and son-in-law). She and her husband, along with their dog Cricket, reside in Shreveport, Louisiana.