The Fish Tank: And Other Short Stories
Winner of the Silver medal at Feathered Quill Book Awards 2018, The Fish Tank: And Other Short Stories is a collection from the mind of romantic suspense author Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra that will take your imagination on a ride across all genres.
Start with an unexpected treasure handed over from an ex-spouse via the divorce lawyer and a classic mother-son bonding experience on a roller coaster ride; then jump to tragic tales of survival of ordinary Cuban citizens in the 1960s; continue to a paranormal happening in the Museum of the Weird, the Sad, and the Wretched, a complex murder mystery with Detective Nick Larson, and finish with a short poem of author whimsy. The Fish Tank and Other Short Stories by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra reveals life stories in the raw, with strong women, and a few surprises.
“…gracefully-written, varied collection of entertaining, touching, suspenseful, and thought-provoking short stories. Maria Elena skillfully paints rich scenes and crafts interesting characters. Her prose is vivid and distinct. You will not want to miss this collection!" - NY Literary Magazine "The Fish Tank is at times fun, exhilarating, haunting and intriguing. The author has done an excellent job of capturing the essence of the short story genre in this fantastic collection." -- Feathered Quill Spotlight Review
About Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra (Raleigh, North Carolina Author)
Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra is a romantic suspense author with a unique point of view. Her adventure novels take place in locales across Europe and the United States, reflecting her international upbringing and extensive time as a global traveler. In her duology, The Coin and The Book of Hours, her characters, Gabriela and Richard, walk the same paths as their creator, though her life was never in so much danger.
Her short story collection, The Fish Tank: And Other Short Stories, silver medalist winner at the Feathered Quill Book Awards 2018, takes the reader on a ride across all genres; but the section, “Soul Songs,” delves into the gut-wrenching experience of exile through fictionalized Cuban Diaspora stories based on Ms. Alonso-Sierra’s own experience of exile. NY Literary Magazine describes The Fish Tank: And Other Short Stories as “a gracefully-written, varied collection of entertaining, touching, suspenseful and thought-provoking short stories. Her prose is vivid and distinct.”
The author’s creepy short story, “Retribution Served”, is featured in the anthology Book Dreams: Volume 1, as well, available through all retailers.
Ms. Alonso-Sierra’s writing career began circa age thirteen with a very juvenile science fiction short story, but the writing bug hit, and she has been writing, in one capacity or another, ever since. She has worked as a professional dancer, singer, journalist, and literature teacher in both the university and middle school levels (and not necessarily in that order) and holds a Masters in English literature. She loves to hear from readers and, when not writing, roams around to discover new places to set her novels.
Ms. Alonso-Sierra is currently working on her third novel, a Detective Nick Larson thriller, as well as other short stories, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and her dog, Amber.