TALES TO COUNT ON, is S.R. Mallery's second collection of thought-provoking short stories, and it certainly doesn't disappoint. She ‘s chosen the unifying theme of ‘word count’—a major consideration and an absolutely deciding factor in many aspects of a writer’s journey. The stories are arranged—almost like in a family album—from the shortest (flash fiction) to the longest (short story), and seem to parallel the emotional evolution of the writing process. The first outbursts are short and crisp, almost timid, and progress slowly in word count to a final full-blown roar. The stories chronicle the different stages of women’s struggle to assert her place in a patriarchal society—“open windows to the souls of women crying out for help.”
From flash fiction to the longer contemporary and historical form, her stories will touch you in a way that only great writing can.