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 an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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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