DAMNED IF I DO
Recovering unexpectedly after a long illness can be hard to accept. A painful decision made over a decade ago eventually has its consequences. A life-changing opportunity missed can lead to bitter disappointment. Settling old scores can mean having to make brave choices. Love sometimes requires brutal compromises. You never appreciate what you have, until it gets you arrested. Memory loss and a missing mobile phone, what can possibly go wrong?
DAMNED IF I DON’T
These seven tales will take you on a tour of the human psyche, showing you both sides of that old adage. Buckle up and prepare for a bumpy ride as life, friendship, love, loyalty, passion, revenge and fear meet at every twist and turn resulting in the difference between opportunity and regret. Where would you turn at that fork in the road? Do you follow your heart and make a deal with the Devil, or play it safe and just take the high road?
About the Author
Ant Richards was born in St Mary Abbotts Hospital in Kensington, London, but spent the formative part of his life in Caracas, Venezuela. After finishing High School he trained as a recording engineer, working in leading dubbing and voice-over studios in his adopted hometown.
In the mid-nineties Ant returned to his native London where he ended up working in the travel industry. Here he was able to indulge in his other passion; travelling. At the same time, the dormant writing talent in him began to flourish. He started as a travel writer, reviewing destinations, accommodation, flights, always adding his personal writing style to make his stories more enticing, appealing and entertaining.
It was only a matter of time before he seriously considered writing his fist novel. His first, self-published novel, In Your Dreams was released in mid-2014. This was followed at the end of 2017 by his current release, Damned If I Don’t.
Ant currently lives in South East London with his family.
DAMNED IF I DON’T
While wrecking my brains trying to complete what would become my debut novel IN YOUR DREAMS, finding the time, the inspiration, and basically, the will to continue writing, I came across with loose ideas to add to the storyline.
As it sometimes happen, they didn’t necessarily fit in with the original story I was working on, but after discarding a few ideas, I decided to keep some of them as they came along in my head. At the time, I had joined Wattpad, and then it occurred to me that it would be a good idea to turn these loose ideas into short stories. That way, besides being a good writing exercise, and a way to churn out more ideas to add to IYD, it could be a good way to showcase my writing to other Wattpad members, and start growing an audience in preparation for my first book’s release.
IYD was released in July 2014, and in between trying to market that title and life getting in the way, I continued developing these short stories. I must have had three or four by that time.
I then decided that this collection of tales could be my second release.
Working on these short stories I believe really helped develop my writing style, and taught me that there was no need for clever, complicated words to convey an entertaining and easy to understand message. It was a great learning curve that taught me that simple is usually more effective.
I explore various different genres with these stories, always however, keeping a few common aspects. In each story, irrespective of its genre, there is an element of dark humour, regret, false hope at times, but ultimately, a moment of lost opportunity. Oh, and the South East London element of some of my characters or locations. DAMNED IF I DON’T therefore, became a fitting title for these tales.
Life is a journey of opportunities, decisions, and tests. The means and tools are scattered throughout our life and it’s up to us to decide which we use or which we ditch. More often than not, we will decide on the outcome depending on what choices we make and what risks we take.
So, if you love short tales packed with romance, suspense, dramas, southeast London gangsters, speakeasies in Spanish beach towns, bad decisions, even worse behaviour, a ruthless enforcer and a missing cell phone then you shouldn’t miss reading DAMNED IF I DON’T. After all, what can possibly go wrong?
It’s available on Amazon in e-book and paperback format.
But hurry, you won’t always get a second chance