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About Jeff Swesky

Author Jeff Swesky primarily writes literary fiction where the characters balance a razor sharp line between redemption and destruction. Jeff is a member of the Rogues Gallery Writers, who published a short story collaboration, "Writing Is Easy," and a group novel, "The Method Writers." He also ghostwrote the Holocaust memoir of Rabbi Samuel Cywiak titled, "Flight From Fear," and released a collection of his short stories titled, "Fell on Black Days." He's currently working on several projects, including his literary, coming-of-age novel, "Such a Dreamer," and the crime noir serial, "The Awakening of Kenny Black."

Lavender Hour

Without him, I would be free to think, to feel, to breathe. I could weather the storms that loomed over my life. I could prepare my food the way I liked it. I could strip naked without fear of provoking him in the daylight.

I made that mistake once. About a year ago, I freed myself of the sand-laden scratchy clothes I wore. He took this as an invitation to tackle me in the surf.

When I saw what had become of him, I fought with every ounce of energy I possessed. I didn’t want that thing in me. It was a lumpy stick that bent at an odd angle at the end. He must have been hiding it from me since the wreck. We hadn’t messed around for months. He always explained that he was still hurting from the injuries he suffered during the crash. I guess he had been. It looked like it would be painful. It was.

My reaction angered him so he bruised my face. It felt like an apple that had been bounced around and left to sit for a week. He avoided me for a couple weeks after that, but then the real trouble began. He wanted to convince me that nothing had changed, that even though it looked deformed, it still performed the same.

I tried. I tried to let him have me like he used to back home. But the sand, the heat, the deformity and my healing face all screamed that life was unfair – that he was to blame. At first, I pretended, but I knew he knew. Then I just didn’t care.

~ Michael Ray King, from his short story, Lavender Hour. Published in the Rogues Gallery Writers’ collection, Writing is Easy.

 

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Posted by on August 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Mr. .22 Caliber

“Brad straightens his arm and the blast from the pistol startles me, startles all of us.”

~ Jeff Swesky, from his short story, Mr. .22 Caliber. Published in the Rogues Gallery Writers’ collection, Writing is Easy.

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2011 in Quotes

 

Witch Moon

While we Rogues are working hard to complete our first group novel, The Method Writers, we’d like to remind you about our short story collections, Writing is Easy and More Writing is Easy, by giving you little tastes of the writing from time-to-time. Both collections are available on the ClearView Press website, as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and BooksAMillion.

Below is a quote from Writing is Easy:

“Overhead the sky quickens to a roiling cauldron of slicing moonlight and piercing darkness.” ~ Michael Ray King, from his short story, Witch Moon.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2011 in Quotes