“I was supposed to be taking a break during the month of April after writing two new books in the first quarter of 2012,” said the author from his Chicago offices. “Then I started thinking about the bonus CDs of outtakes and B-sides and such that you get with music box sets. I decided to do something like that with this collection. This really is a look into the notebook I keep filled with ideas for novels and novellas and longer pieces of work.”
The collection of stories are an odd assortment of very short stories about the end of the world and other horrors mixed with what the author calls “the beginnings of much longer works.” As such, he describes this as a collection for his hardcore fans who would really like to have a look into his thought process and notebooks to see what stories eventually become novels.
“I think this one is really for the fans,” said Mr. Alaspa. “This is for the people who want to connect with me on a deeper level. And, if they really like one of the stories and think I should turn it into a novel, they can pick the one they like and email me or contact me via Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and other social media sites. The one that gets the most votes might get turned into a novel.”
Flashpoint: A Collection of Curious Beginnings and Endings is available as a downloadable ebook for Kindle at Amazon.com, for the Nook at Barnes & Noble and for all other readers, PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones at Smashwords.com. Plus, it will also be available for the iPad via the iBookstore.
About Bryan W. Alaspa
Bryan W. Alaspa is a novelist and writer that was born and raised in the Chicago area. He has been writing in one form or another since he sat down at his mother’s electronic typewriter in the third grade. He is the author of the following works of fiction: The Ballad of the Blue Denim Gang, The Vanished Child, Dust, RIG: A Novel of Terror, Gone, Sin-Eater: Book One, After the Snowfall: a Thriller, MYTHOS: A Thriller, Sin-Eater: Book Two - Destiny and The Dead Phone. He is also the author of the following non-fiction works: Ghosts of St. Louis: The Lemp Mansion and Other Eerie Tales, Chicago Crime Stories: Rich Gone Wrong, Chicago Disasters, Forgotten Tales of Illinois and Silas Jayne: Chicago’s Suburban Gangster.