Please welcome Karen Mossman, who is here to tell us about her contribution to the Sisterhood of stories, The Road To Happiness! This story joins A Mother's Heart, Combustion, Vanquish, Undeniable Love, Childish Things, Fox, and Burned Toast in the Gems of Strength anthology. Karen, take it away! :-)
Excerpt The Road To Happiness:
"Hi-ya." Bleached white hair was shaved above her ears an, spiked on top with a small thin ponytail. She wore tight leopard-skin leggings and a black baggy ripped top. “You don’t remember me, do you?” she said.
“No," Joanna said, although there was something vaguely familiar about her.
“It’s Janet, Janet Glidden.”
The blood rushed from Joanna’s head, and she almost fell over with shock.
The girl continued, “I know it’s been a long time. Can I come in?”
Joanna opened the door wordlessly, trying to catch her breath. The girl plonked down her bag and threw herself onto the settee. “Nice place,” she said, looking round.
“Does my mum know you’re here?” Joanna asked.
“She’s, she’s still at home, though?” Joanna was filled with dread and half expected to see her mum to walk in, too.
“Well, she's not here, thank God. That's why I am."
“I had hoped she's be in some mental institution by now,” Joanna muttered shutting the flat door.
Janet gave a laugh. "That’s funny, I like that. Me too. Why don’t you put the kettle on and we can get to know each other again?"
Joanna wasn't totally sure she wanted to get to know her stepsister. She turned to the small kitchen area that ran down one wall of the lounge. Flicking the switch, Joanna opened the cupboard and got out to cups.
Janet's dad had married Joanna's mum right about the time Joanna had walked out for good.
Karen J Mossman comes from a family of journalists with her grand father and uncle having been newspaper editors. Further back a great, great grandfather wrote for his local paper and also published a book based on those articles. Karen is the only one to have gone into the fiction market.
Karen has been writing for many years, but had not pursued it professionally. However in 2013, she found herself redundant from her job and decided to write full time. "Putting together collections of short stories was exciting as I didn't think my writing would ever reach a wide audience," she said.
She hopes to add to her short story collection and will have a novel available for kindle in the near future.
You can read more of Karen J Mossman's work on www.karenmossman.co.uk