While accumulating a bundle of rejections from agents and publishers for my first novel (The Village of Lost Souls), I wrote some short stories and began to submit them to magazines. Much to my delight, in September 2002 Celesta was published in a small-press magazine, Cambrensis (whose passing is still mourned by many short fiction writers in South Wales). I’ll never forget the thrill of holding that magazine in my hands and seeing a story I’d written in print. I’d had book reviews and articles published, but this was my first piece of fiction. It made me feel like a real writer.
Pond Life is an eclectic selection of ten of my short stories, including that first one, Celesta. The tales are a mix of horror, science fiction, fantasy and general fiction, and include the story containing the ideas that I’d later expand into the Earth Haven trilogy. In case you’re interested, it’s The Third Coming.