Well folks, it's that time again when I have to head off and do some studying. This is my last lap and I hope to be the holder of an Msc. in Publishing in a few months. Wish me luck!
Anyway, since I'll be gone for at least three weeks, I thought I'd post some chapters of a novella I wrote a while back to tide you over. The story is called Face Value and it won a Silver medal at NIFCA 2004. Also, look out for the NCF'S Winning Words anthology, hitting stores soon. My Bronze-winning novella Two Days in July from NIFCA 2005 will be featured.
I'll be checking in from time to time to read comments, but after tomorrow, regular posting will be suspended. So, from now till then, enjoy Face Value. First up, the synopsis...
Face Value is the story of seven seemingly unconnected characters who are linked in more ways than they could ever imagine. Dacosta Matthews is The Vagrant, a spiritual, down-on-his-luck bum who yearns to reconnect with his family. His son is Paul Matthews, The Dealer, who will go to any lengths to protect his family and his drug turf. Paul's girlfriend is Veronica Simmons, The Lady of the Night. Veronica's real occupation is a secret but now she has another secret that refuses to stay hidden.
Veronica's father Frank Simmons is The Single Father. Frank knows Veronica's secret, but will he choose to help his estranged daughter? His next door neighbour is Carmeta Walker, The Christian. Carmeta's life wasn't always on the straight and narrow, but retribution seems to have caught up with her. Her son Peter is The Homo. All Peter wants is to be loved; is it his fault he finds that love in the arms of another man?
And Patrick Miller is The Prosecutor, Peter's married lover. Patrick finds himself caught between his political aspirations and his love for Peter. The main conflict of the plot is set in motion when Veronica is raped by a client and Paul Matthews is accused of the rapist's murder. Each chapter is narrated from the viewpoint of the character featured. Got all that? Enjoy!