Apparently writing one is an offense according to some readers at Amazon and Goodreads who give one star reviews/ratings to The Lady and The Warrior simply because it’s short. Everywhere possible in the title’s description is the word short and the length given. Oh, and they feel jipped. Seriously? A cup of coffee costs more than .99 which, by the way, is the least Amazon will allow a title to sell for.
Some of the most famous and beloved stories in American and English literature are short. All the greats wrote them along with novels. I wrote mine to see if I could do it because before The Lady and the Warrior I had only written novels. It was quite a challenge to bring a story together in 14 pages. I labored over it for days and challenge anyone who thinks it’s easy to go for it. The Lady and the Warrior is also meant to give readers a taste of my longer works. Will it ever be a full novel? I’m pondering on that possibility. But it shouldn’t have to be.
This excellent site has a list of classic short stories and authors, plus word count. Would you believe they’re all short? http://www.classicshorts.com/bib.html