Born in London, raised in Kerry, Ireland, I’m Alison Wells, writer of flash fiction, short stories and novels, and mother of four now residing in Bray, Co. Wicklow. I’ve worked as a technical writer and have degrees in Psychology and Communication Studies. I blog for the popular and comprehensive writing site Writing.ie (Random Acts of Optimism blog on Writing.ie)
My short fiction has appeared in the Sunday Tribune, Crannóg, The View from Here, Metazen and in many anthologies including the Higgs Boson, Voices of Angels, Eighty Nine, Deck the Halls and UK National Flash Fiction Day’s Jawbreakers and Scraps, RTE Arena’s New Planet Cabaret, The Stinging Fly and The Lonely Crowd.
I’ve been shortlisted for Hennessy New Writing and for the Bridport, WOW, and Fish Awards, BBC’s Opening Lines, as well as 2013’s Over the Edge New Writer prize.
In 2012 I won the Big Book of Hope Ebook fiction category with my flash fiction medley Flashes of Entropy and Hope and was awarded a writing residency in Cill Rialaig, Co. Kerry to work on The Exhibit of Held Breaths.
Literary Works Complete
I write fiction on the literary side, with a surreal edge and I always want to do new things. I’ve completed two literary novels: The Book of Remembered Possibilities, where a woman destroys her own life by writing the story of her alternate self and The Exhibit of Held Breaths which explores the power of belief itself when an enthralling exhibit upturns the life of its curator and the townspeople. I also have a short story collection called Random Acts of Optimism. I’m seeking representation for my literary work. (Hello, agents!)
Other work as my alter ego A.B. Wells
As A.B. Wells: My feel good comedy & science inspired novel Housewife with a Half-Life explores the adventures of Susan Strong a housewife who is literally disintegrating and her god-like fairly god-father (Fairly Dave) who guides her round her parallel universes on a quest for re-integration. It’s available in Hughes & Hughes nationwide, Dubray Books Bray, Amazon Paperback http://www.amazon.co.uk/Housewife-Half-Life-B-Wells/dp/1475234740 and Kindle http://www.amazon.co.uk/Housewife-with-a-Half-Life-ebook/dp/B0080PU5QQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1343249344&sr=1-1
Work in Progress and Future Plans
Unusual Flashes of Light is a collection/novella of interrelated flash fiction tales, interlinked characters affected by love, longing and a belief in UFOs.
Eat! is a linguistic feast, exploring, among others the lives of a woman with pica and a would-be serial killer.
And the book after that (top secret title) is about electricity, Voltaire, Galvani, lost girls, Edgar Allen Poe, Japanese graphic novels, social media and lots more.
I’m also making notes for a middle-grade series based on some of the kid characters from my sci-fi comedy, so featuring Pluto, Rufus and Andromeda Strong.
SHORTLISTS AND AWARDS
Winner: The Big Book of Hope Competition 2012
Highly Commended: National Flash Fiction Day’s Microfiction competition 2013 (100 words)
2013 Over the Edge New Writer
Anam Cara competition 2012, Bridport Prize 2010, International Fish Prize 2010, Hennessy XO Literary awards 2009 for New Irish writing, WOW awards Galway 2010
Longlists, Sean O’ Faolain 2010 (Two stories)
Feedback from Hennessey XO Literary Awards 2009 Judge Carlo Gebler
‘I was incredibly taken with this, it’s very poetic, the language is extraordinary, very finely wrought and beautiful. The events described are sinister/ frightening and although it was not realistic, within the context of the story and the rules that apply within the story it makes perfect sense. It’s very short, but what I admired, what we admired was this writer’s ambition which is fantastic.’ Carlo Gebler
Publications (Short Stories)
There’s a cafe in this story, Forthcoming The Lonely Crowd, May 2017
Eat! Stinging Fly, Spring 2014.
The Woebegone’s Slaughtered Dreams, New Planet Cabaret, RTE/Arena/New Island, November 2013
Random Acts of Optimism: Number 11 zine, August 2013
Letter: Crannóg, March 2013
Unfolding: Deck the Halls, Literary Mix Tapes, 2012
Elsewhere: Jawbreakers, 2012
Meringue: Angel Collection, Bridgehouse Publishing
If I could turn back time: Eighty Nine: Literary Mix Tapes.
Truth and Silence: The View from Here, July 2011
Unwritten: Crannog Magazine, October 2010
Supersymmatric: Almost but not quite: Higgs Boson Anthology April 2010
Sad about the Plumbers’ Uncle: WOW anthology, Words on the Street April 2010
Bog Body: Sunday Tribune, New Irish Writing, Aug 2009
Last Time I saw him & Home for Christmas: Ireland’s Own
The Flask: Sunday Miscellany: The collection 2006-2008
If we thought that love was gone: Poetry for Cancer 2010