For an author of novels, a short story is a challenge, a chance to try on something new, explore new angles and discover new characters.
Many months ago, Nicola, a Graffeg staff member was reading an Ann Cleeves novel. As she read, the photographs of David Wilson kept returning to her mind, their dark eeriness echoed in Ann’s narrative. Around that time, at a Christmas party, Nicola and Ann happened to meet. David’s photographs were mentioned and a book idea formed. Would Ann and her fellow Murder Squadders like to write a collection of short stories inspired by David’s photographs?
Never a group to shy from a challenge, Murder Squad accepted.
Each of the six members of Murder Squad invited along an accomplice to contribute a story, resulting in a collection of twelve tales of crime and mystery. Each author selected an image from David’s haunting black and white collection and was asked to write a short story between 3,000 – 8,000 words inspired by the photograph.
The resulting collection is The Starlings & Other Stories.