My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Suppose is a compilation of short stories, Flash Fiction and Drabbles written by Kathy Steinemann and fellow authors Amber Hayward, A.L. Kaplin and Donna Milward. There are lots of different styles and genres found in more than 50 pieces of writing offering a little for everyone.
Some of my favourites were; The Artist, Marianne Heinrich had a very healing method of painting. Pablo’s Pain was delightful and I’m glad it ended well. The Guardian’s Angel left me warm and fuzzy, while Fly on the Wall saw bees saving the Human race.
I particularly liked the pieces with ghosts or aliens, Always gave us a ghost dog and The Martian needs no exclamation, it was fun to read. With Drabbles being just 100 words long, they are a skill amongst themselves for authors to fill with a story.
If you don’t have much time for reading or want to dip in and out of a book this is a lovely way to relax and wind down either with a coffee or before you turn the light off at night. My congratulations to the authors.
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Here’s a bit more about all the authors of Suppose.
Donna Milward and Kathy started out as Facebook friends. They met over lunch in December of 2013, and shortly thereafter Donna wrote The Guardian’s Angel. Amber Hayward lives in the same community as Kathy. Kathy inquired whether one or more of her stories would be appropriate for a Suppose theme. Amber was happy to oblige. Amy is a regular contributor to the weekly contest at IndiesUnlimited.com. Kathy was impressed by her writing and asked her if she’d like to join the group.
The four writers collaborated via Facebook and e-mail for several months before Suppose was published.
Kathy says, “I think we all learned something through the process, and I wouldn’t hesitate to work with these talented authors again.”
Kathy Steinemann has loved writing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she scribbled poems and stories. During the progression of her love affair with words, she won public-speaking and writing awards, and she contributed to her school newspaper. Then every Monday, she walked home instead of taking the bus so that she could deliver her latest column to the community weekly. Her career has taken varying directions, including positions as editor of a small-town paper, computer-network administrator, and webmaster. She has also worked on projects in commercial art and cartooning. Her website: KathySteineman.com.
Donna Milward is an author, wife to Dan, and cat mom to Spartacus Jones and Freya. She is the writer of Thoeba and Aphrodite’s War, as well as her weekly blog at EarthToThoeba.Blogspot.ca. She writes paranormal romance centered around her favorite subjects—angels, demons, reincarnation, and mythology, and is currently at work on her third novel, Chasing Monsters. Her hobbies are gardening, canning, and fishing. Despite these activities, she very much prefers city life.
A. L. Kaplan’s love of books started at an early age and sparked a creative imagination. It wasn’t until late in high school that she began to write down the many stories in her head. She holds an MFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is the secretary of the Maryland Writers Association’s Howard County Chapter. When not writing or indulging in her fascination with wolves, she works as the props manager for a local dinner theatre. To keep up with A. L.’s writing, visit her blog at ALKaplan.Wordpress.com.
Amber Hayward is the author of a trilogy of speculative fiction novels, the Children of the Panther series, released by Edge Press. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in Canadian and international periodicals. From May 1, 2011, she wrote a flash fiction piece each day for a year and posted them on her website, AmberHayward.ca. She is one of the owners of the Black Cat Guest Ranch near Jasper, Alberta, and teaches writing workshops there and in the nearby community of Hinton.