HomeBlog > Post

Tales & Tidings

Books, thoughts, news, recipes, and more from the northern Rocky Mountains.

My Love for the Short Story

Louis L'Amour has been my favorite short story author since I picked up his first collection in hardcover. I was hooked. These bite-sized stories were perfect for days or weeks when my schedule was particularly busy, or when I wanted a quick trip to the old west. And then the audiobook versions started to come out and I'd found a perfect solution to my short road trips or a day running errands.

Interestingly enough, his were the only short stories I seemed to enjoy for many years. Then a few years ago I rediscovered how wonderful these little tastes of adventure could be. I picked up a short story here and there, sometimes thrilled and other times left wanting, but this resurgence inspired the beginning of my own leap into short story writing.

It began with a contest for which I wrote "Emma of Crooked Creek." I realized with a little more practice (short stories aren't easy to write), that I could write another and another until I had a series going. Then I decided to write a collection of three Christmas short stories which led to a plan for many more collections like it in the future.

Is it difficult to convey everything I want to the reader in a short story? Yes, it can be. Do short stories leave readers wanting more? Often, but I don't consider that a bad thing. Will writing short stories make me rich? Nope, but it sure is fun.

I write short stories because:

1) I enjoy writing them. I like both the challenge and the break they give my brain in between longer works and series.

2) Buying books is an investment. It's nice to be able to give readers an opportunity to sample my writing either for free or at a minimal cost.

3) They can lead to novels. My Crooked Creek short stories will all tie into two full-length novels in the series. A few of my other short stories have inspired full-length works that I plan to write in the future.

4) Attention spans aren't what they used to be, and it's nice to offer something up to readers who prefer to "read on the run."

5) They give me the opportunity to try something new. I always have new ideas; some I toss and others I'd like to try out without spending months writing a novel.

6) Did I mention they're fun?

"Clara of Crooked Creek" is the newest short story in the Crooked Creek collection.

Don't miss the other stories in this series.

Coming Next

The Healer of Briarwood_MK McClintock_we


to Posts and/or Newsletter

Spotlight Posts

More to enjoy

Book Break with A Home for Christmas - Cranberry-Orange Pecan Muffins

Book Break with A Home for Christmas - Cranberry-Orange Pecan Muffins

Christmas is a time when anything can happen, or so my characters always believe. It is a time of hope, love, and miracles.

Is a Hero Made or Born?

Is a Hero Made or Born?

Is a hero made or born? What makes any one hero special for a specific story?

A Home for Christmas Audiobook

A Home for Christmas Audiobook

The audiobook edition of A Home for Christmas is here! I love everything about Christmas. What do you love about the holidays?


Posts by Category

Meet the Author

MK McClintock writes stories for those who enjoy escaping to another time and place, where their imaginations are free and open to simple pleasures and stories with plenty of happy-ever-afters—at least for the good guys. Villains get a different kind of ending.


Browse the Books



Comment Policy: It is there if you really want to read it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • MK McClintock on Amazon
  • MK McClintock on BookBub
  • MK McClintock on Instagram
  • MK McClintock on Pinterest
  • MK McClintock on YouTube
View Site Info., Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Some affiliate links are used on this website. Learn More©2012-2020 MK McClintock