In between books, in fact, sometimes during books, I write short stories. Writing them keeps me sharp and makes me use my skills. For me, short stories are a chance to really indulge my perfectionism and love of words. The same rules that apply to writing short stories, apply to writing books even to the point that I generally approach each chapter within a book, as though it’s a short story.
Recently my short story, The Water Cure, was published in Epiphmag. Check it out. It’s free and there are plenty of stories to read. Tell me what you think but be warned, my short stories are usually dark, scary and at least a little unnerving.