He remembers how he tried to make that heart. Pressing his fingertips into the red clay, he made it as symmetrical as he could, and then he baked it in the oven for hours, hoping it would emerge as something unbreakable.
Emma J. Lannie was born in Manchester and now lives in Derby. Her first short story collection Behind A Wardrobe In Atlantis was published in 2014 by Mantle Lane Press. A founder member of literature collective Hello Hubmarine, she helps run Derby Writers’ Hub, organises spoken word and live literature events, leads workshops, and drinks a shedload of tea. Emma is currently working on her novel The Path From You Back To Me.
She has writing published in After The Fall, Overheard, 100RPM, Jawbreakers, Scattered Reds, Bugged, Even More Tonto Short Stories, Dzanc Best Of The Web 2010, 6SV1, Tripod, and online at Six Sentences, Straight From The Fridge, The Beat, Un-Made-Up, Beat the Dust, The Pygmy Giant, Dogmatika, Rainy City Stories, Laura Hird, 3:AM, Kill Author, For Every Year, Red Lightbulbs, There Was Nowhere To Go But Everywhere, and Word Gumbo.