Dare to look through a broken window and step into another world with these short, macabre tales of the strange and deranged. Meet seven-year-old Ronnie and his unhealthy craving for the taste of cranberries, and Andre Dubois, a traveler who ventures into the wrong neck of the woods. Why did the mad Scotsman curse the town of Seven Toughs? And uncover the secrets that live within a remote Bed and Breakfast in Utopia Glen. This collection of ten dark tales is sure to appeal to your darker side, so come take a look. Don’t be shy. Discover for yourself what lies in wait behind the broken window.
Targeted Age Group:: 14 and up
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have always been a fan of the short story–the weirder the better, and have been writing them all my life. Short stories are a great way to read when your time is limited to short spurts and you desire some quick entertainment. Taking a break between novel writing, I decided to share a small selection of assorted, odd tales with my fans.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Being a collection of short stories, there are a large number of different characters within the pages. Among my favorites: Mad Mike MacDougal (When the Horseman Comes to Town) was inspired in part by the tall tales of Pecos Bill. Ronnie (Christmas Cranberries) was the perfect child with which to write a story about Schmutzli. And I could see a lot of myself in Nexie Wells, featured in the title story, Through a Broken Window.
Ronnie was no longer content with pulling the legs off crickets. That bored him anymore. As did wingless dragonflies and tailless lizards. So today it was Fluffy, the long-haired tabby with the blue collar that jingled softly with the cat’s subtle movements. “To protect the birds,” Fluffy’s owner, Mrs. Kent, from the neighboring house was often known to say.
Fluffy was Mrs. Kent’s favorite, and Ronnie did not like Mrs. Kent, for Mrs. Kent was mean. Her mouth was always turned down in a frown and her eyes glinted like a pirate’s. She never missed the opportunity to complain to Ronnie’s mom when he’d pick the apples from Mrs. Kent’s tree off the single branch that overhung the back fence, and she refused to return any balls that accidentally ended up in her yard. Yes, Mrs. Kent was a mean old biddy, so this day, Ronnie thought when he caught Fluffy trespassing, was to be Fluffy’s last.
About the Author:
Born and raised on a ranch in northern Nevada, L.F. Falconer is an avid outdoor enthusiast, often seeking out the lesser-known areas of her home state. With a love of short stories and a drive to tell them since early childhood, she now has four novels to her credit while working to compile still more of her short story collections and novels of dark fantasy.
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