This month, I have a new short story published in Scarlet Leaf Review. This one is around 3659 words. You can read it alongside the other stories and poetry in the December 2016 issue published today.

Author photo from Scarlet Leaf Review

Author photo from Scarlet Leaf Review


The question that people most often ask, when they find out I am a writer, is where I get the inspiration for my work. As any author will tell you, fiction has a basis in fact. I take ideas from everyday situations or slice-of-life stories that I hear from other people. This one is based more on the former. Is the protagonist, George, simply being sweet, or is he a sinister stalker?

Hope you enjoy it!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

8 responses »

  1. Anirban S Bose says:

    Hi Leilanie,
    It’s a fantastic piece of writing. Very intriguing and fast. Thanks for sending the link, much appreciated.


  2. Craig Fishbane says:

    Hi Leilianie. You definitely have a flair for digging into a disturbed mind. (Or showing us that we have no use for helpful people in today’s world!) Since you’re sharing, I’ll share on too! A little look into the dread that’s been floating through parts of America since our election.

    • Congrats Craig!

      Really well written; I enjoyed this story very much. Maybe it was just me, but the teacher’s fixation with Shakura’s plump lips, and the repetition of focus on her lips and mouth gave this an edge that went beyond the sadness of the piece for me. Nevertheless, whatever way it’s intended, I enjoyed it – thanks for sharing!

      Leilanie 🌺

  3. Alok Mishra says:

    That was a good read, Leilanie! Thanks for sharing.
    I hope you are doing good in your ventures.

    Best wishes,

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