Everyone calls me Grumps–I hope we become acquainted enough for you to realise how much of a misnomer that is.
Here’s a short bio for readers and writers with sore digits from page turning and typing:
I’m a 77-year-old man, married over 58 years to my wife, Janet, and together we’ve nurtured a large extended family.
My interest in creative writing started as a hobby about 20 years ago, and I’ve been learning the craft on and off ever since. I’ve made my wordsmithing journey with help from many sources. One I recommend to writers of all experience and genres is
Bob Hembree is the main man there, supported by numerous writers (some of whom are published authors themselves), all willing to help each other. I’ve also studied under published authors Margret Geraghty, and more recently, Michael Hiebert [himself a member of Writers’ Village].
Several Kindle short publications bear my full name (John ‘Grumps’ Hamshare). There are several more waiting for editing on my to do list–including a series of ten short stories for children, two 50,000 word unfinished novels, and the first 50,000+ word unfinished volume of my memoirs.
My Amazon Kindle Publications
(These can be read for free if you’re enrolled in Amazon Prime or Amazon Select. All I ask in return is an honest review.)
Short stories and poems by John ‘Grumps’ Hamshare
on Amazon.com (Click titles to follow links)
This is the short, but true, account of a long journey, on a tandem in 1960, between Portsmouth in Hampshire and Deal in Kent.
The trip was undertaken (or, in some instances, overtaken) by a young wedded couple intent on taking their recently born son to visit his grandparents for the first time.
A humorous nonsense poem inspired by an idea suggested in a creative writing session.
I might have taken liberties with the English language at times…but every word is as true as I’m sitting there beside you right now.
A short story/flash fiction about two men on a pot-holing trip that has dire consequences.
A humorous short story about a dog-walk in the woods during which the dog finds something that leads to surprising consequences.
A short, humorous, Magical Realism story centred around the problems associated with suitable attire for playing a harp.
A romantic fairy tale about an old man struggling to survive and maintain a garden in a diminishing environment where devastation and death seem inevitable.
A short fantasy tale for children and YA, about a young boy given the task of saving the human race from extinction by a formidable opponent and her gruesome army. Will he succeed?
A humorous and magical poem, written at the request of one of my great-granddaughters. I hope it will put smiles on the faces of everyone who reads it.
A short story about a community doing their best to raise enough money to repair the church roof before it’s too late.