A year or so ago I was contacted by author Simon Wood about writing a short story for an anthology he was putting together. I think his pitch was something like, "Every story will be inspired by Cockney slang...you in?"
I was intrigued but really had no idea how Cockney slang worked, I just knew vaguely that it emerged in 19th century East London, but everything else I knew came from reading British mysteries.
Luckily, Simon directed me to some Cockney rhyming slang dictionaries. I settled on Tea Leaf, which is Cockney for thief. It inspired me to write a story about a premise that always intrigued me--What would it be like to be caught in the middle of a robbery and suddenly realize that you know one of the thieves? What if you were then named as an accomplice?
Like my other short stories, I took the opportunity to experiment with some new writing techniques. I find it fun to challenge myself (although writing a contemporary is already challenging for me). This is the first time I published anything in first person and in present tense. (I know, so incredibly innovative...) But it was challenging for me, and the prompt was so fun as a starting point
I was delighted and honored to be included in Simon's anthology, which includes these amazing contributors
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