does the word "story"
mean to you?
never really thought of it before. But I suppose since you asked, my
definition would be "a short self-contained piece of writing that can
stand on its own as a literary work." It doesn't need to have the
development of say, a novel, but there needs to be something there,
even if the work is abstract - something that keeps the reader involved
to the end. I do feel the short story is vastly underrated, especially
in Britain. If you think about it, the times in which we live are
perfect for short stories. People seem to have less free time and a
shorter attention span, therefore what better literary form is there
for the 21st century than a short story?
have a "reader" in mind?
I never have a reader in mind. When I write, I just write. When I come
up with a concept for an anthology, it just happens - there is no
market, no reader, no nothing. It's only after the project is already
clear in my mind that I start thinking along those lines - and that is
usually because a publisher might ask for these things.
TSR: Is there
anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your anthology,
anything at all?
MS: Perhaps if
there is anything in particular that moved them, touched them in some
way - be it on a lighter level or possibly deeper and more emotional.
TSR: How does it feel knowing that people are buying your books?
MS: It's a nice
feeling, obviously. There's a lot of satisfaction in knowing that
someone thinks your work is worth spending their hard-earned money on.
I always try to make sure that my books are worthy of the price - that
there is original and quality content in them so that the reader feels
she or he has purchased something of value.
TSR: What are
you working on now?
DH: I am spending a
lot of time working on my blog "Mitzi Szereto's Weblog". I only
recently got into this blogging gig, and it's proving extremely popular
and is ranked as one of the most popular blogs around. I am looking at
taking this to the next level, and that could well be some kind of
startup - internet television most probably. I've also become a very
heavy-duty social networker. I've become rather famous for my use of
Facebook as a marketing and networking tool, and I'm pretty much on
every major site there is. I also have a couple of book projects in the
works and have been working with Amazon Kindle, which have published my
out-of-print M. S. Valentine erotic novels as well as some individual
short stories, plus a special short story collection Silk Sheets: Collected Stories
of Mitzi Szereto, that's only available exclusively via