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Suzanne Mays


Grandma always has the light on.


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There’s a little old lady. She lives way back in the woods but she’s got the light on. It’s cold and rainy but she welcomes you in. She smiles. There’s a warm fire and all around the fire people are reading. They’re lounging everywhere. And there’re bins and boxes of stories - scary stories, funny stories, all kinds and sizes. Somebody comes in from Australia and reads a story. Somebody comes from South Africa and leaves a story. You can, too. You’ve got a story tucked under your coat and you give it to her. She claps her hands in delight. Now it has a home and somebody can read it in the middle of the night. She’s always open. There’s a warm fire and homemade cookies.

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Sam Kandej said "I'm glad I know this kind lady. She usually shares her shortbread with me :-)"
3 years ago
Suzanne Mays Guest Editor replied saying "Thank you, Sam. It's always good to hear from you. I had a wonderful, kind grandmother. She made me cups of tea and we'd talk. Writing sometimes brings her back. The best to you, Suzanne"
3 years ago
Belinda Marden said "Congrats! This was a beautiful representation of Shortbread Stories. I am glad you won! :)"
4 years ago
Suzanne Mays Guest Editor replied saying "Thanks, Belinda. I had a nice sweet grandma and Shortbread is like her to me. All the best, Suzanne"
4 years ago
Krystyna Fedosejevs said "Congratulations, Suzanne! I knew your story was a winner when I read and commented on it four weeks ago. Thank you for the pleasant experience! Krystyna"
4 years ago
Suzanne Mays Guest Editor replied saying "Krystyna, thank you for the kind words. I had a wonderful sweet grandma and just thought of her. Suzanne"
4 years ago
Nik Eveleigh Guest Editor said "This is lovely Suzanne - just come back after a few weeks away and thought I'd kick off with the competition entries. I've got a warm and fuzzy feeling already! Sums this place up nicely I reckon. Best of luck in the competition - regards, Nik"
4 years ago
Suzanne Mays Guest Editor replied saying "Thank you, Nik. Missed you here for awhile. Shortbread is a good place to come back to. All the best, Suzanne"
4 years ago
Daniel Mays said "This is my Shortbread too. I want to go to Grandma' Shortbread...many times, which I have. A wonderful picture is written here. Thanks, Dan"
4 years ago
Suzanne Mays Guest Editor replied saying "Thank you, Dan. It was fun to think of us writing and reading stories. Can't wait to read your next one, Suzanne"
4 years ago
James McEwan Guest Editor said "I enjoyed this short yet very complete portrayal of shortbread, it was just right. James"
4 years ago
Belinda Marden said "Loved it! Sounds like you are advertising for Shortbread haha. If I read this and wasn't already on Shortbread Stories then I would be on it in a flash. The wording makes it sound so comforting. Good luck! :)"
4 years ago
Belinda Marden replied saying "You are very welcome Suzanne. My grandmas are like that too but one lives 4 hours away and with school I dont get to see the other enough. When I do see them it is such a teasure like this story. :)"
4 years ago
Suzanne Mays Guest Editor replied saying "Belinda, Thank you. I had a wonderful grandma, always accepting, and Shortbread Stories is like that, too. Always encouraging. Thanks, Suzanne"
4 years ago
Katherine Brown said "Wow! Feels like the best place to live in. Love Grandma :) Fabulous story! Hey I think you check out this short story contest http://www.tallenge.com/contest/literaturestorycontest.html it's an awesome place to get readers from different parts of the world. You can win $100 too. Moreover it's free."
4 years ago
Katherine Brown replied saying "Okay! Suzanne, do let me know your views about the site and if would you be joining! Keep writing such lovely stories, best wishes :)"
4 years ago
Suzanne Mays Guest Editor replied saying "Thanks, Katherine. I love shortbreadstories, but this website sounds fun and I will check it out. All the best, Suzanne"
4 years ago
Hugh Cron said "Hi Suzanne, I thought the remit for the competition was very difficult but I think that all the pieces that I have read have each come up with something different and I tip my hat to you all. You have come up with an obvious scenario, that is only obvious now that I have read your story!! (That may not seem like a compliment but it is!!) You have made something that I thought was impossible seem so easy. All the very best. Hugh"
4 years ago
Suzanne Mays Guest Editor replied saying "Hugh, thank you. I had a kind loving grandma and it seems like Shortbreadstories is a kind loving place in the story publishing world. The best to you, Suzanne"
4 years ago
Tobias Haglund said "What a "cozy" story! I loved it! It was warm and heartfelt. Thank you and good luck! All the best / Tobias"
4 years ago
Suzanne Mays Guest Editor replied saying "Thank you,Tobias. Shortbread always comes up with different topics to write about and this one clicked with me. All the best to you, Suzanne"
4 years ago
Kate Smart Guest Editor said "I bet ther's a big bad wolf lurking outside (or maybe INSIDE......) but that's just me. Maybe it IS me!! yikes. Nice piece, thank you and best of luck!"
4 years ago
Suzanne Mays Guest Editor replied saying "You know, Kate, I was in the midst of the cold cruel forest and felt eaten by the big bad wolf when I found Shortbread. It's the opposite of generic rejection slips. Thank you for encouraging, kind comments. Suzanne"
4 years ago
Diane Dickson Guest Editor said "Nice - what a lovely picture of all the readers around the fire - good luck with this one - Diane"
4 years ago
Diane Dickson Guest Editor replied saying "that's a lovely thing to hear - thank you so much and yes Shortbread has saved us a lot of stress and heartache hasn't it."
4 years ago
Suzanne Mays Guest Editor replied saying "Thank you, Diane. Let me say you're a huge part of the warmth I feel for shortbread. Not just to me but all of us who get your encouraging comments. In the cruel world of trying to get a story published, shortbread has saved us. Suzanne"
4 years ago
Adam West Guest Editor said "You forgot the cynic from Sheffield, England, Suzanne - but nowt else! I like this a lot - if you could see mouth you could see I am smiling - many thanks and good luck in the comp - Adam"
4 years ago
Suzanne Mays Guest Editor replied saying "Adam, I did always think of you as smiling in your picture. You are a very kind and encouraging cynic to everyone here. Thank you, Suzanne"
4 years ago
Krystyna Fedosejevs said "Delightful! Made me feel warm and so content. I'm off to Grandma's. See you later. Krystyna"
4 years ago
Krystyna Fedosejevs replied saying "Absolutely, Suzanne; in prose and poetry. Narrative poems are one of my fortes. Almost anything in one's daily journey can provoke story telling. Hope yours continues with uplifting results. Krystyna"
4 years ago
Suzanne Mays Guest Editor replied saying "Thank you, Krystyna. I was once told there was no place out there for people who just wanted to write stories. I sense in you that you love to write stories, too. I'm glad we've found shortbread. Suzanne"
4 years ago

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