Rose Banks (@rozbanx) is a London-based writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her work has appeared in publications by Martian Migraine Press, Pilcrow & Dagger, and Literally Stories.
Time was never my friend.
Any kind of deadline... it usually didn't end well.
Four, five month deadlines for anthologies and I crashed and burned.
But there would be no dishonour in failing to meet a 10 day deadline. Because that's obviously impossible, anyhow, right? So I opened up TextEdit—because unlike Word that meant I wasn't really serious, clearly, was just jotting down random thoughts—and before I knew it had close on 800 words.
Pasted it into Word and thought: this looks like a story... what did I just do???
In fact "Needles" took me just less than two days from first words to finish. The fastest thing I ever wrote. It seems impossible deadlines are the ones that suit me the best.
As to where the idea came from...
Conifer forests, the natural habitat of Christmas trees, are dark and forbidding. Not much undergrowth, as if the trees have sucked all of the life out of the soil and left nothing behind. Which isn't wholly untrue: the needles conifers shed don't decay easily, like the leaves of deciduous trees, but instead break down only slowly, dumping acidic tannins into the soil that make it hard for other plant life to thrive there. And promoting a failure to thrive is only a stone's throw from... you will have read the story to find out.
Twisted: Ghosts of Christmas
As ever, debate among the judges was heated, but we finally arrived at a list!
Please do leave a comment on this post, and if you are not on the list, keep going, it’s an insane job to judge art. We may also sneak some bonus stories into the eBook too!
I will be in touch soon about when to buy copies of the book so that we can co-ordinate getting on the Amazon Best Seller list.
OK.. the tension mounts… So drum roll please… The successful writers and stories are…
Congratulations again, if this is your first time, it never gets old. Your name is on the cover of a book and your words inside it.
What happens next? Contracts will be sent today and will need urgent attention. You will keep all the rights, we just need the right to publish the story in the book. I will also ask you if you can write a blog post to help engage the community - the post will go no this site. And again, we will co-ordinate when to buy books so we can hit the best sellers list.
Thank you also to Mark, Emma, Elinor, Lawrence and Savannah for working around the clock to make this happen.
OUTSTANDING! Publishing date of the 16th December now loking very certain.
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