I had the pleasure of reading today’s featured book last spring, and with horror, comedy, science fiction, mystery, and paranormal short stories, it offers something for everyone. I like this author’s plan of dealing with a killer loose in the woods, and I fully intend on following up to see how he’s time-traveled. Welcome Hugh W. Roberts!
Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?
Given that the option of walking through the haunted graveyard is only at midnight, I’d go for that option as it seems the quickest of the two.
However, I’d have to wear a mask that had tiny peepholes for eyes. Why? Well, shortly after my 21st birthday, it suddenly dawned on me that it didn’t matter which graveyard I went into, the first grave I looked at always had the date of death of the occupant as my birthdate. I’m not talking about the year, just the month and the date.
At first, I thought it was a coincidence, but now I’ve stopped reading the tombstones of graves because seeing my birthdate engraved on one gives me the shivers.
Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?
Aliens. Who knows, they could be friendly and take me on another trip through space and time (something I want to do more of). Keep this to yourself, Teri, but as I’ve already time-travelled several times, I’d like to check out if time-travel is possible on another planet.
Would you rather be locked in a haunted insane asylum or lost in the woods with a killer on the loose?
I’d rather be lost in the woods with a killer on the loose.
Unlike many of the movies I have watched where somebody is lost in the woods with a killer on the loose, I’d climb the first biggest tree and take in the view. That way, I could see if the killer is anywhere in sight. If he/she is, I would do my impressions of an owl and hope that the killer would walk on by.
If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?
London. Even though I lived and worked in London for 27 years, I have an unfinished book based on my time living and working there. It’s currently in the deepest archives of the hard drive of my computer.
I’m confident that by going back to live in London, I would get the book finished and have started the second book of the series. I would serialise the first book either on my blog or on Wattpad to see whether or not it had any chance of becoming a success.
My inspiration for doing this comes from the ‘Tales of the City’ books by Armistead Maupin, although he serialised the first book in a newspaper before it actually became a book.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters of the opposite sex?
I hope you don’t mind me doing this, but I’ve turned this question around. For me, as a gay man, it’s writing from the point-of-view of a heterosexual man that I can sometimes find difficult. Does that make sense?
I’ve written a short story about two men in a relationship, and I’ve written a story about an elderly widow who goes on a strange, eerie journey so she can be reunited with her dead husband, but I had never been able to write a proper story about a man and woman in a heterosexual relationship.
However, after telling my editor I’d never write a rom-com, she challenged me to write one. Well, it took me a long time to come up with something and, after telling her the two main characters would be a man and a woman, both she and I were amused and shocked by the results. I’m not sure how much she really liked the story, but I saw it as a challenge I had completed and included the story, ‘Double Eighteen’, in my latest collection of short stories.
What are you working on now?
Having recently returned from a six-week blogging break, I’m currently spending all my writing time on writing new articles for my blog.
For some reason, I don’t feel now is the right time to be writing more short stories for my next short story collection. I have a lot more subjects to write about on my blog, and my readers seem to be enjoying the blog posts I am publishing.
I always enjoy giving my readers food-for-thought. Thus, the majority of my blog posts are attracting large amounts of comments which I enjoy reading and answering.
Do you believe in fairies at the bottom of the garden? Or know the real truth about what lurks inside every mobile phone? Would you steal items from a blind person, or send your neighbours on a time travelling adventure fraught with danger and menace in order to save the human race from a bug? How about staying in a sleepy village where many murders have taken place, or coming to the aid of royalty while out shopping? These are just some of the subjects covered in the second collection of short stories and flash fiction from author and writer, Hugh W. Roberts.
‘More Glimpses’ gives the reader an opportunity to take a peek into the lives of normal, everyday people whose lives are all on a path full of twists, turns and unexpected endings. However, it’s not only about the humans; nothing escapes the extraordinary journeys Hugh has planned for you.
If you are a lover of shows such as ‘Black Mirror’ or ‘The Twilight Zone’ then you’re in for another exciting trip in this second collection from Hugh. Come and meet the characters who had no idea their lives were about to be turned upside-down.
Enjoy the ride!
Hugh W. Roberts lives in Swansea, South Wales, in the United Kingdom.
Hugh gets his inspiration for writing from various avenues including writing prompts, photos, eavesdropping and while out walking his dogs, Toby and Austin. Although he was born in Wales, he has lived around various parts of the United Kingdom, including London where he lived and worked for 27 years.
Hugh suffers from a mild form of dyslexia but, after discovering blogging, decided not to allow the condition to stop his passion for writing. Since creating his blog ‘Hugh’s Views & News’ in February 2014, he has built up a strong following and now writes every day. Always keen to promote other bloggers, authors and writers, Hugh enjoys the interaction blogging brings and has built up a group of online friends he considers as an ‘everyday essential’.
His short stories have become well known for the unexpected twists they contain in taking the reader up a completely different path to one they think they are on. One of the best compliments a reader can give Hugh is “I never saw that ending coming.”
Having published his first book of short stories, Glimpses, in December 2016, his second collection of short stories, More Glimpses, was released in March 2019.
A keen photographer, he also enjoys cycling, walking, reading, watching television, and enjoys relaxing with a glass of red wine and sweet popcorn.
Hugh shares his life with John, his civil-partner, and Toby and Austin, their Cardigan Welsh Corgis.