Salt Publishing, publishers of Booker-shortlisted The Lighthouse, have released a new title by TLC reader Cynthia Rogerson.
Stepping Out is a collection of short stories set in Scotland and California.
These stories observe how people live through moments of realisation; how they negotiate the avenues of loss, with cowardice and courage and a fair amount of bewilderment.
While fishing on a sunny loch, a woman is suddenly convinced and terrified that her lover is about to leave her. Parents in San Francisco learn that their son has been in a car accident, and may be dying. A girl loses her virginity the same day as the funeral of her much despised mother, and later understands which is the greater loss.
Cynthia has also published If I Touched The Earth, a novel set in Evanton, Alness & Glasgow, through Black & White Publishing.
What would you do if life suddenly flipped upside down? Where would you go if your world fell apart? Who would you turn to?
When her son Calum dies in a car crash, Alison is left stunned and dazed. But instead of turning to those around her for comfort, she impulsively leaves them behind, desperate to hide from her loss. Even in death, though, Calum has a way of pushing her, making her do things she would never normally have done. And soon his memory starts to transform her in unimaginable ways.
And then there’s Neal, happily married to Sally, who till Calum’s funeral is unaware he’s still carrying a torch for Alison. He was the man Calum called dad, but wasn’t. Alison has forgotten Neal, but he cannot forget her.
To support Salt, you can buy Stepping Out directly from the publisher here.
If I Touched The Earth is available for online purhcase here.
Cynthia is a TLC reader with a particular interest in short stories and poetry. If you are interested in submitting your manuscript to Cynthia, please contact our office.
TLC reader Cynthia Rogerson’s latest Book, I love you Goodbye, will be a Woman’s Hour series this April. The novel was shortlisted for the Scottish Novel of the Year 2011. In addition, Cynthia also has a collection of short stories out in April, called Stepping Out and another novel out in August, titled I Touched the Earth.
Women’s Hour is on Radio 4 at 10-11am GMT weekdays and 4-5pm GMT Saturdays. It aims to broadcast stories that celebrate, inform and entertain women. The programme is also available as a Podcast.