I wrote two wildly popular short stories - or rather, I wrote two short stories and MADE them wildly popular: Chapter One: Janey and Chapter One: Morgan. And I'd like to help you do the same. Or at least start to.
I created a free site where folks can submit and share defining moments in their lives - the first chapter (Chapter One, get it?) of whatever personal or fictional story they choose to share. And I then share it webwide, for free.
Why? Because I know writing is a tough gig and too many places charge writers for things they really can't afford - and everyone deserves a shot at getting their story heard, right? Right. Learn more about the site and how to submit your story here.
Chapter One is a series of short stories, with each short story acting as the first chapter, or “chapter one,” of the featured character’s larger story. Each short story is connected to and advances the others, culminating in an ending that will leave you wanting more.
The story is based in the heart of Boston; Charlestown, Massachusetts. And it follows the lives of two extended Irish Catholic families, spanning three generations, and the events that shape them. Strong language, strong emotions and stronger truths – do not read unless prepared to be shocked, cry and laugh out loud.
Read a description of the first in the series, Chapter One: Janey or the second story, Chapter One: Morgan. OR, you can find them both together here.
And check out the Chapter One Tumblr to submit stories, photos, videos, links, quotes – whatever represents you (or your character’s) Chapter One!
The second installment in the popular Chapter One series, and following Chapter One: Janey, we meet Morgan.
Morgan O'Connor could be the girl next door, if the girl next door had mental problems. Hiding behind a camera in an attempt to mask volatile emotions and an overdeveloped sense of empathy, Morgan's interactions with the world are strained - and sometimes hilarious.
Mirroring her life, Morgan's Chapter One finds her acting more as a peripheral character than a main one at times. She is an observer and easy to forget . . . until she chooses to jump to the forefront and make you remember her.
Read it now on Amazon!
The debut of the first story, Chapter One: Janey, hit #18 for Kindle's Top 100 Short Fiction and the paperback hit #84 for sales - out of more than one million books - landing it solidly in a Stephen King sandwich, with his books both before and after (look slowly to your left for dramatic effect).
In this chapter, originally titled “Tough Chick,” we meet Janey, a strong-willed young woman at odds with the world around her, and herself. Thrust into a role she was never prepared for, witness her battling back against circumstances that are beyond her control while creating a whole new set of circumstances that aren’t, with destructive consequences.
My books on Goodreads
ratings: 6 (avg rating 3.67)
Chapter One: Janey
ratings: 5 (avg rating 4.00)
Chapter One: Morgan
ratings: 2 (avg rating 4.50)