Monday, July 20, 2015

Author Notes on “Zeus And The Single Teacher”

Here’s another inside scoop on a newly-released-as-a-single short story (or VERY short story as some would say). The word count is almost 3,800 words, and Amazon estimates the book length to be eighteen pages. It sells for 99 cents.

As with all of my *very* short stories, I’d like to reduce the amount, however 99 cents is the lowest I’m allowed to go on Amazon and Smashwords. [Shrugging shoulders here] Again, periodically Smashwords holds a sale, and I can set the price to free at that time, so do check on the link every now and then. For example, during this month of July, “Carla’s One-Sided Crush” is a free download.

Anyway, back to the scoop. “Zeus And The Single Teacher” first started its run as a contemporary fantasy tale under the name “Happily Ever After”. The reason I chose that title was that a call was put out to authors by an online publisher,, for quality short stories. I answered the call and then figured the phrase Once Upon A Time seems to be “married” to Happily Ever After!

The editors loved my story but not the title. Too generic, they said. So I then changed it to reflect the main character, Rowena Arthur--a teacher looking for love--and Zeus, or rather Mr. Zeuch--the mysterious school administrator.

You might surmise that mythology--Greek and Roman--play a part in this short story. If so, you’d be right! Some of the characters you’ll read about are Venus, Minerva (Minnie), and Mr. Owen Machus (Telemachus).

The future of “Zeus And The Single Teacher” seemed secure, only, unfortunately, OnceUponATime went out of business. That happens A LOT in the publishing industry. So I dusted off the story, and included it in my anthology LUCKY 13, now no longer available electronically, but still available in print from my website.

Thirteen delightful stories for your reading pleasure by Susanne Marie Knight

And now I have re-released it electronically as a single!

A hunky new instructor, a magic pencil, and two out-of-the-ordinary adolescent girls create an odyssey of love for a lonely teacher.

This short story is part of the prestigious Magical Fantasies line.

As you’ll read in the passage below, The Odyssey plays an important role in this short story. Rosy-fingered rays of the sun, suitors, and Mr. Machus owe their origins to the Greek classic. I loved reading The Odyssey in school and never forgot about the dawn rising rosy fingered!

Scene set-up: On the new gym teacher’s first day, he’s scheduled for lunch duty as is Rowena.

When lunchtime rolled around, Rowena walked outside in the school courtyards, and lifted her face to enjoy warm rosy-fingered rays of the beautiful springtime sun. A friendly chat with this student, a mild reprimand to another--it was the kind of lazy afternoon that stretched the sands of time. The kids were busy with various activities: some students grouped together to gossip, but most played games involving some type of ball. Which included Owen Machus, who refereed a makeshift basketball practice.

She watched them play for a moment. He was good with the kids. She could tell he was a teacher who really cared about each one of the players.

Evidently, word of the handsome P.E. jock had spread throughout the school, for a crowd of would-be cheerleaders clustered close to him. Maybe too close for his personal comfort.

Like these students, Rowena also hoped he would glance her way and stop to talk. But there was no dissuading him from the game and the bouncing basketball. Or perhaps he felt uneasy surrounded by female suitors, as it were.

So that’s the story on this Flash Fiction (really short stories!) tale. I hope you enjoy Rowena and Owen’s story. 

Happy reading,

Susanne Marie Knight
Read outside the box: award-winning Romance Writing With A Twist!