When I was in college, I wrote all the time: short stories, novels, screenplays and the occasional poem. Real life eventually came into play and distracted me from my first love. After hearing how a certain author died broke and later, his relatives found his writings and became rich after they were published (I forget who the writer was), I determined within myself that such would not be my fate. At the very least, I could publish it myself and whatever happens, well it happens. If nothing else, by doing this I remove all excuses, the least of them being procrastination.
On a whim, I entered a short story contest sponsored by the New York Times and won first prize! Encouraged by this, I began writing anew and released a novel - Obie. In addition to Obie, I released a series of short stories and (at this writing) am feverishly working on new stories for my Crime Noir Blog.
As I consider novels I will soon write and debut on Amazon, I am amazed at how my writing style has changed since college. Maybe I was just a different person then or perhaps, I simply learned the value of discretion. In either case, any and all feedback on my stories is appreciated. Please stay tuned.
JL Stroud, Jr.