One of the stories I've been working on was suggested to me by a comment from my nine-year-old daughter, who was writing a story for school based on the prompt 'jigsaw Puzzle'.
Almost immediately I realised an innocuous-looking jigsaw puzzle could be the centrepiece of a ghost story, where an apparently unthreatening everyday object suddenly takes on a menacing life of its own. Lo and behold, within a day I'd submitted the finished story, Puzzled, much to the chagrin of my daughter who was still struggling with her own story.
Suffice to say, as is the tradition with many ghost stories, I leave the reader wondering if there really was some spectral presence involved in the spooky events surrounding my story, or whether there was a more natural explanation.
Well, so much for the update!
Below are links to my two Global Short Story Competition winners, my short-listed story for the National newspaper, Abu Dhabi, and my Canterbury Tale published by Coscom Entertainment: