I am bringing along a copy of Steve Wheeler's short story The Neighbor to read to the writing group. Any feedback given wil be supplied to the author. Four males and six females attended the meeting. The convenor handed out information on the early writers such as Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie Georges Simenon, Elmore Leonard and Dashiel Hammett. Lively discussion followed.
Due to lack of time I could only partially read out Steve Wheeler's short story. What I read was well received and everyone agreed that his style was similar to that of Dashiell Hammett- ie - his characters are 'laconic and lonely, they are tough men, disillusioned by corruption and duplicity.' He has a direct, earthy style, featuring vivid and often squalid locations, slangy narration and liberal amounts of sex and violence.
members read out excerpts from Kathy Reid's Flash and Bones; Beato's Death of an Adult; David Baldacci's The Innocent and Paul Adams' Unholy Trinity.
Due to going into overtime on the readings only two members had time to read parts of their unpublished works. In all, it was a lively meeting with enthusiastic input from members.