The following post is a guest post by Jason Atkinson, author of the short story collection Seven Threads.
In this collection of seven short stories from Jason Atkinson, follow a man accused of murder, a runaway girl on a train, a scientist at the heart of a government conspiracy, and more! Full of twists and turns, “Seven Threads” offers a selection of fast-paced stories full of heart and excitement.
Jason Atkinson lives in the Midwest with his wife and son. With a love of writing, this is his third book, but first book in the fiction category. Short stories are easy to digest, and yet, this book still provides all the joys for the long haul reader. Jason write for everyone in mind when creating this piece and hopes the reader will enjoy it as much as he did when writing it.
Why I decide to write short stories
When I was growing up, I was forced to read. Like most kids in school, reading was not the assignment I looked forward to the most. There may have been a book or two I enjoyed (“Of Mice and Men” being one of them), but for the most part, reading for me was a chore.
When I became an adult, I didn’t pursue reading as a pastime or hobby. The moment I was no longer forced to read I put down books and swore them off. This was obviously a bad idea, and one that I now regret later in life. So what does this have to do with writing short stories?
Realizing now that reading needs to be in my life because I can learn so much from just simply doing it, I found myself only wanting to read shorter excerpts of a book at a time. Some people I know can swallow books in a weekend and move on to the next one, whereas I prefer to take my sweet time.
This made me realize that a book of short stories — seven to be accurate — would be great not only for readers like me, but also for those that like to digest an entire book quickly. I was able to write something that pleases both spectrums, and I think that is why I enjoy writing short stories as much as I do. You can still get the satisfaction of an entire story, and you don’t have to go through 600 pages to do it. It’s a win-win.
So with that thought in mind, I hope you really enjoy this book. I wrote it with you in mind!