The Bench

A blogosphere friend of mine, Sue K., who has been a staunch supporter of the Fauxpocalypse project since it was released, recently published a collection of short stories of her own:

thebench

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I asked Sue to provide a brief description of the collection, and here is what she had to say:

“Using a unique style of storytelling that sets the tone for the book, the first entry tells a bench’s 60 year history in six stanzas of 100 words each.

For the imaginative reader who loves words and appreciates variety, The Bench includes something for everyone whether you’re seeking the powerfully evocative, the unabashedly strange or simply wish to be entertained.

Take a break on a bench, a bus, or anyplace. Relax. Ignite your senses.

You never know whom you’ll meet.

A man might enthrall you with his life story or a thoroughly modern vampire might regale you with his stand up comedy routine.

 Cast your eyes to the garden and explore the magical colours of love between a flower and a butterfly.

 Better yet, tune into the person standing just outside your peripheral vision reciting poetry and concentrate, you may hear the lingering strands of the last dance, or a symphony in words.

 Original, concisely woven storytelling, that at the end allows your mind to conjure up its own images, interpretations and conclusions. 

 The collection contains ten colour photographs by the author.”

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And, here are my thoughts on it (from the review I posted on Amazon):

Susan Koenig’s latest release, The Bench, is a collection of poems and short fiction pieces that range from comedic to insightful. The title story will draw you in, as she ponders the life, the evolution, the thoughts and feelings, of a park bench over the years. I was impressed with the idea of studying an object we often take for granted from its perspective as the world moves around it. Change is a constant in life, but how would something like a bench deal with that? What are the ups and downs it would experience? What would it witness as it stayed in one place while the rest of us scurried about on our quest for happiness, for love, for death? And, then her stand-up comedian vampire sketch will get you laughing in a nearly complete reversal of emotions. As you read the rest of the stories, and experience the seasons of nature and life, you will be invited to enjoy the journey through Sue’s lovingly crafted words.

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As a bonus for my faithful kingdomites I asked Sue to share one of her favorite pieces from the collection:

The Spell

Smoke from the flames curled and twisted in the breeze. The three witches gathered around the cauldron. Sarah peered up at the sparks, her red hair in perfect waves down her confident back. Emily’s brows furrowed, she bit her lip. Young Helen hopped from foot to foot running her fingers through her short black strands.

“What if it does not work?” Helen asked.

“It has to work,” said Emily.

“It will work,” said Sarah..

Clouds amassed, orange rippled across the horizon. They raised their faces to the dripping sky. The spell succeeded. The arid ground received the nourishment prayed for by the townspeople. There would be a harvest this year.

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If you are interested, the collection is currently available on:

CreateSpace

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

While it is on the pricier end of the scale, which was necessary for her to include the full array of large color photographs that helped tie all the pieces together, the collection will be right at home on your bookshelf if you feel like splurging.

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Here’s a bit about the Author:

Author

Susan Koenig started writing fiction when she retired from a boring government job in 2009.

She is an occasional poet and has been featured in a local online literary magazine. Sue is a regular contributor to a monthly Haiku site as well as a consistent participant on a writing challenge which weekly tests her creativity.

In 2012 Sue published a short story, Nineteen Hundred, the prequel to her current novel in progress, The Soul Collector’s Second Chance.

Since the “novel” is struggling to be born, Sue, a very short woman, decided to publish her “shorts”. It was a logical choice.

Sue’s home is Southwestern Ontario, Canada, where, when not writing, she and her camera take junkets to explore new ideas for incorporation into her writing.

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