My fiction on coriobay.blog

Writing fiction is my favourite creative outlet right now. Although I’ve been a professional writer for many years, I’ve only recently started writing stories for my own and others’ entertainment. I wish I’d started sooner, because it’s a lot of fun!

I’m even kicking around the idea of getting together a collection of short stories for formal publication as an anthology. It will have to wait until I’m less busy with the ‘day job’, so probably next year, but it’s something I’d love to do.

I’m slightly daunted by the inevitable but complex question: to self-publish or to seek an agent and a conventional publisher?

In the meantime, while I’m figuring this out, you can find a selection of my stories for free, here on this site. Please have a read and leave a comment.

The Jack Shaw Files

Short story, thirty-minute read

Jack Shaw, late of British Intelligence, leads a quiet life in Melbourne, Australia. He translates obscure technical documents by day, plays in a band by night, dabbles in environmental activism.

The arrival of beautiful blues singer Ashleigh in his life shakes up his ordered routine. But what is she really after?

Writer’s Retreat

Short story, twenty-minute read

A struggling writer rents an isolated coastal cottage from a friend. Settling into her cosy winter retreat, she slowly realises that she is not alone.

A story of strange and ghostly happenings, set on Victoria’s notorious Shipwreck Coast.

Astrid

Short story, five-minute read

Astrid’s marriage is in trouble and her grown-up son no longer seems to need her. An unexpected redundancy package offers a chance to reset her life. Should she sacrifice it to husband Tom’s business ambitions?

When Astrid meets a beautiful stranger, things fall into place. Sometimes, a name can be our destiny.

Gurnang

Short story, six-minute read

Have you ever wondered whether natural features – a mountain, a forest, a river – could be self-aware? Perhaps they have a consciousness which makes ours look fleeting and ephemeral.

‘Gurnang’ is a poetic exploration of the life of the little creek near my home – part fantasy, part history.

Down on Corio Bay

Novella, long read

Tony, Loz, Hugh, Nigel and Anna – an unlikely group of friends, lovers and exes brought together by their love of bluegrass music.

Will Tony’s mid-life crisis tear the band apart? Can Loz hold on to her farm? Will Hugh’s parents accept his new partner? And will the Pickin’ Chickens ever get a paid gig?

Read about the loves, laughs, lies and predicaments of a bunch of fun-loving Aussie musicians, set on Corio Bay in Victoria.

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