Hi, everyone. I hope you’re all doing well in the new year. I know, I know; it’s early days yet.
Anyway, it’s time for another look into the inspiration for my work. In the case of Through the Opera Glass, I have to admit that it was a little bit of frustration. By the time I started the project, I had begun In The Eye of The Storm three times and just wasn’t happy with any of them. I hadn’t discarded any of the drafts permanently, just put them aside.
I decided that I needed to work on something else entirely. So, I started looking at writing prompts on the internet and decided that I would do at least one story per week using characters from the Phantom books to try to jog loose my writing block.
In the process, I came up with two new characters: Samuel, and Clarice. I realized that they were the two missing links that the story needed. In the mean while, I wrote more than 50 stories, ranging in length from the smallest drabble to a full-on, self-contained tale, in my own Phantom universe.
The book was nominated by an unknown party, to whom I am forever grateful, to the eFestival of Books award program in the Best Short Fiction Collection category. I was runner-up, which means that this was my first award-winning book.
Want your own copy of Through the Opera Glass? Here are the back cover copy and purchasing links:
Author Sharon E. Cathcart took up a challenge in 2012: to write flash fiction and full length short stories based on various prompts. Each story features one or more characters from In The Eye of The Beholder: A Novel of the Phantom of the Opera or its sequel, In The Eye of The Storm.
Brimming with historical detail, the stories in this collection range in place and time from 19th Century Persia to post-World War II San Francisco.
Through the Opera Glass is the 2014 runner-up for “Best Short Story Collection” in the eFestival of Words Independent Book Awards.
Amazon (click on this link to be taken automatically to the site for your country)
Chapters Indigo (Canada)
Kobobooks (available for 2400 SuperPoints if you are part of the program)
Overdrive (via your local library)