FLASH FICTION COLLECTIONS
I am very excited to announce that my novella-in-flash,
An Inheritance, has been accepted for publication by V Press. It will be published on 28 February 2020. You can read about V Press here
My flash fiction collection Finding a Way was published by Ad Hoc Fiction in February 2019. A collection of fifty-one flashes on the theme of grief, Finding a Way, follows a family over a three and a half year period as they navigate loss. I am thrilled that Finding a Way was recently been shortlisted in The Saboteur Awards. I attended the awards in Birmingham and had a really good evening meeting lots of other writers.
If you would like to buy a copy of Finding a Way, it is available from the Ad Hoc Fiction bookshop here and as an e book on KIndle and Nook. For more information please click on the Finding a Way link above.
I launched Finding a Way on 9 February at St James Wine Vaults in Bath and also online on Facebook on Monday 11 Feb. I have created a YouTube channel where you can see me reading stories from the book and watch me being interviewed by Ad Hoc Fiction's Jude Higgins. You can watch here
I have had some wonderful quotes about book.Here is what Dr David Swann, author of The Privilege of Rain, said about Finding a Way: 'What gives the book its power is the writer's commitment to the everyday. Without a hint of melodrama, Diane Simmons shows how ordinary life is altered, and made strange, by the death of a loved one. I was moved beyond words by this fine, modest, under-stated and perceptive book.'
Amazon reviews can be read here
I am a writer, editor, a co-director of National Flash Fiction Day and a director for the UK Flash Fiction Festival. I have been an editor for FlashFlood, a reader for the international Bath Short Story Competition and have judged several flash fiction competitions. My debut collection of flashes Finding a Way was published by Ad Hoc Fiction on 9 February 2019. The collection is a series of linked flashes on the theme of grief.
I started writing in 2007 whilst studying creative writing with the Open University. My first writing success was in 2009 when I entered ITV’s This Morning short story competition. As one of five finalists I was invited to the London studios to appear on the TV programme with Phil and Fern. A chauffeur driven ride through early morning London started the day (after a complimentary night in a hotel) and the day got no less surreal. After a trip to make up, we nervously ate pastries in the Green Room. We all then had the rather terrifying experience of appearing on the show and watching the judges critique our stories and mark them out of ten.
Highlights of that day for me included spotting The Tardis in a corridor, being praised by judge Jacqueline Wilson and being told by Paul Ross (brother of the more famous Jonathan), that my story had made him blub like a baby. The competition was in collaboration with She magazine and one of the prizes for the winner was publication in their magazine. I came second, losing by one mark.
So, encouraged, I continued entering competitions. Other successes followed and although they have not been quite as glamorous, they have been no less exciting.
In 2011, I completed a flash course with Fish Publishing and declared that I didn't think flash was my thing. I was wrong. I now mainly concentrate on writing flash and enjoy performing my stories.
I have had many writing highlights, but perhaps one of my favourites was when Ian Rankin sent me a tweet about my NFFD prizewinning micro story A Weekend Away. I'd tweeted him a copy of the story as he gets a mention in it and he replied: 'That's a powerful wee story, Diane. Congratulations!'
You can follow me on twitter: @scooterwriter