Introducing one of the kindest, most supportive people online today: Wendy Janes. Wendy is a wonderful writer, attentive proofreader, enthusiastic social media maven and all around great person. I cannot express in words how much I have enjoyed her online companionship over the years and I’m so happy to introduce Wendy’s recent collection of short stories to my readers.
What Tim Knows, and other stories by Wendy Janes
A gallery-owner’s quest for beauty; a dancer in danger; a new mother struggling to cope with her baby; a sculptor’s search for inspiration; a teenager longing to live in the perfect family; a young boy lost and confused by the rules of life that everyone else seems to understand.
Six stand-alone short stories, spanning five decades. Each capturing a significant moment in the life of a different character.
Separate lives linked in subtle ways.
Readers of Wendy’s first novel, What Jennifer Knows, will enjoy spending time with six characters from Jennifer, each with his or her own short story in What Tim Knows, and other stories. Tim, Gerald, and Blythe are instantly recognizable as lead characters in Jennifer with Rollo and Sue recognizable to most readers as minor characters from Wendy Janes’s first novel. As I read the short stories, I couldn’t remember Cynthia’s role in the Jennifer novel, but I enjoyed her short story a great deal. That nasty Mr. Collins. My heart was racing.
Besides loving the connectedness of the characters in the short story collection to the characters in the novel, I love how the characters also appear in each other’s short story. The first story, told about Rollo, ends with a tap on Gerald’s shoulder, in what turns out to be a beautiful way to create a world around the original novel, What Jennifer Knows. Having read Jennifer, these characters are already known to me and exist as fully formed people in my mind. It was such a pleasure reading more about them – and to see them interact across the short story collection.
My recommendation? Read What Jennifer Knows and then read its companion short story collection, What Tim Knows, and other stories. Pair the two together and you’re in for a rich reading experience. I especially liked the tenderness applied in the writing of Tim’s story as he struggles to understand both himself and those around him at friend Tallulah’s birthday party. A sweet ending to a collection of stories that can certainly stand on their own, but work beautifully in support of a novel.
ABOUT WENDY JANES: Wendy Janes spends her time writing novels and short stories, running her freelance proofreading business and volunteering for The National Autistic Society’s Education Rights Service. Her first solo novel, What Jennifer Knows, was published in 2015, and she has recently released a collection of short stories entitled What Tim Knows, and other stories. You can connect with Wendy online and discover more about her writing via Twitter, her Facebook author page, and Amazon author pages (UK/US).