HarryC

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I have 53 stories published in one collection on the site.
My stories have been read 16398 times and 66 of my stories have been cherry picked.
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Kevin Marman

Care worker, writer, memester, autist, dissenter.

I like people who not only think outside the box, but reshape the box into something else!

I've been writing since I was 10.  It's my sanctuary - though the structure often needs maintenance.  Over the last twenty or so years, I've won some writing prizes (nothing major) for short fiction, poetry and playwriting.  In 2013, I published my first novel, 'In the Day'.  Looking at it now, I can see all sorts of things I would change - but I suppose that shows progress.  I also have a collection of short fiction, 'Still Life', available for Kindle.

In 2015, at the grand age of 56, I was finally diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Condition (Asperger's).  I live alone with my cat, Daisy, and lots of books.

My stories

Cherry

Gift: A Son's Story (short extract)

In 2017, I took extended leave from work to care full-time for my mother. A sudden illness had left her unable to live independently, and it would have broken her heart - and mine - if she'd had to go into residential care. She was only expected to live for a few weeks, and she wanted to spend those weeks in her own home, with familiar things around her, and family and friends close by. In the end, she lived a further seven months. Afterwards, I wrote a long book about her life, focusing on those precious months. This excerpt comes from near the beginning, when mum's rushed into hospital. She's delirious from the illness. I'm called into a side room and given the news.
Cherry

'When did you first realise that you were 'different'?'

A classroom experience that still affects me, more than fifty years later.

Whitey's Snow

Another of my entries in the ABCTales Prose Pentathlon 2013. The remit that week was to write a modern version of a fairy tale. I chose Snow White, choosing a gay gangster as my main protagonist. I was a little worried that it would be seen as homophobic. I showed it to a gay friend, though, and he laughed... so maybe it's okay! My personal jury is still out on it.
Gold cherry

Security

My first entry in the ABC Tales Prose Pentathlon 2013. 500 words.

Masking

You want me to be a dog, so I'll try. I look quite like one, anyway - I have four paws, a furry coat, a set of whiskers. I have a tail that wags -...

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