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Monday, February 18, 2013

"Roaring Water Bay" a short story by Lane Ashfeldt

"Roaring Water Bay" a short work of fiction by Lane Ashfeldt

I am very proud that Lane Ashfleldt, author of Saltwater has very kindly given me permission to publish a very moving short work of fiction, "Roaring Water Bay".  

  Saltwater by Lane Ashfeldt is a unique collection of short works of fiction, all inspired by the sea.  Ashfeldt, who was born in London to Irish parents but grew up by the sea in Dublin, understands as well as any writer I know of how a proximity to the ocean can permeate the mind. 
 It is as if next to your mundane limited life is something of great power and beauty which can destroy in a capricious or peevish moment.  I think the Irish psyche has been deeply affected by the Island nature of the country and the proximity of the ocean.  In Irish history, the ocean was the source of food, took people out of the country forever when times were bad, and was a wild power beyond human control.   It is these impulses that Ashfeldt deals with in the amazing stories in Saltwater.

My review of her wonderful collection of short stories is here

During Irish Short Story Month Year III, March 1 to March 31, I will be featuring a very interesting interview with Lane Ashfeldt.

This story is protected under international copyright laws and is the sole property of the author.  It cannot be published or posted without her consent.  

Lane Ashfeldt

Auntie Rose was the vintage of the oldest penny that we found buried in our back garden. 1892. She wore her hair in a white bun. She made bread and scones, she planted hyacinths and forsythia, she scolded and comforted, clucked and sweetened. In her late nineties she went ‘home’ on a visit. Within weeks she was dead and buried in the cramped family grave, as if the land itself had killed her. Only then did I learn of her lost child, the ‘sin’ that made her leave, and understand why she used to say, defiant: ‘They can scatter my ashes over Roaring Water Bay.’

End of Guest Post

Author Data

Lane Ashfeldt is an award-winning short story writer, and a Dubliner. Her short fiction has been published in literary journals across Ireland, England, Greece and the US, and published in anthologies from ‘Punk Fiction’ to the rather more genteel ‘Dancing With Mr Darcy’. Her book of short stories, SaltWater (2013) has been called: A gorgeous collection by a bright talent.” (Nuala NĂ­ ChonchĂșir) and A superb collection of powerful and evocative stories 
-Danielle McLaughlin

The ebook of SaltWater can be bought from Amazon. 


Paul McVeigh said...

Another great post from you Mel.

carol said...

Wow, powerful for such a short piece. I may have to check out her collection.

Suko said...

This collection of short fiction sounds quite powerful.