IWSG: A short story restored me.

Hi, it’s Sher today with the Insecure Writers Support Group., thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s always good to have a group to share challenges and triumphs with, both writers who are struggling and those who’ve succeeded. I’m still in the former group, but at least I succeeded in hatching 17 baby chicks last month. So far, we’ve also hatched 7 turkey chicks, but I don’t expect many more since the incubator temperature has been hard to keep from fluctuating too far. All the time it takes to care for chickens and chicks is my latest excuse for not writing. Oh, and my love of reading keeps winning over writing. Still, I can’t complain since I just finished editing a book from one of my favorite writers, and two days later I received a review request from another. More reading!

I figured this would be a good time to toot Susan Kaye Quinn’s Horn via a review of her short story, Restore, because if you were wondering what makes a great short story, one that restored my interest in short stories, I’m about to tell you.
Restore (Stories of Singularity #1)Restore by Susan Kaye Quinn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have tears in my eyes as I write this. Restore is powerful for being so short. I don’t usually read short stories because few of them satisfy my craving for emotional connection to the characters, let alone my wish for a full plot arc, a level of completion usually attainable only in novels.

I admit I fell in love with R. Daneel Olivaw in grade school, so if any short story would tempt me, it would be one with sentient robots. But it’s more than that — from experience, I know Susan Kaye Quinn has such a way with words, she gets under my skin in short order and straight to my heart. This time, she had to do it faster and also succeeded in making me cry.

This is a record review from me. Considering my months-long TBR list, it was also fortuitous timing. I just finished editing a book Friday and was trying to decide what to read next for fun when I saw the request today. I couldn’t have made a better choice. If you’re looking for a thought-provoking or heart-rending yet restorative short read, this is it. 1000+ on the ascender scale.

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So, did you get that? Make me cry, but not in despair or boredom. Restore me. That’s worth 3 stars alone. As for the rest of what Susan does in so few words to amaze me, you’ll have to read and see for yourself.


For the first time in years, I want to write a short story.  If you purchase Susan’s book, please let me know what you think. But the most important thing you can do for another author is to leave a positive review. And that reminds me, if you write kid lit but I haven’t already reviewed one of your books, please leave your request on my review queue page. Maybe I’ll choose your book next.

Now what’s your insecurity?  Or how have you solved one?

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Indie author-friendly freelance editor, children's book blogger for picture books through YA, kid lit, SF/fantasy lover with special fondness for middle grade, pun-loving SCBWI member, meter-maid for poetry and rhyming picture books.


  1. Sher, I’ve read Open Minds from Susan. Great book and best wishes to her. She’s an amazing writer!

    Stephen Tremp
    IWSG Co-host
    http://www.stephen tremp.com

  2. The short story looks intriguing! I’ve always been insecure about writing short stories:)

  3. I’ve been wanting to check out Susan’s book, but my TBR and TBW (to be written) piles both sent threatening letters and I acquiesced to their demands. Still, I hope to get to it soon. Susan does have a way with words, doesn’t she?

  4. Restore sounds very interesting. Congrats to Susan! And thank you for sharing your review of it here. 🙂

    I used to think I’d never be able to write a short story until I got the idea for one, now everything I’ve published so far are short stories. And one novella. 😀

    Give it a try! You may be surprised. 🙂

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