Darren Sant talks about his gritty urban noir series Tales From The Longcroft Estate.
Darren Sant is a 41 year old writer who lives in Hull in the United Kingdom. He writes dark urban noir that usually has a pinch of humour. He has enjoyed publishing success in one form or another since 2002. He signed with Trestle Press in August 2011.
Housing estates, council estates or "schemes" as the Scots refer to them are places where you can find a broad cross section of society. These are the salt of the earth folk. People who will cross the street to help a friend, a neighbour and even a stranger. These folk know the true meaning of the word community, to them it is not just a politician’s buzz word but a way of life. This is what happens when you have thousands of people living in close proximity. These are places where everyone knows everyone else’s business. However, in every barrel there are a few bad apples and the same applies to our estates. The Longcroft tales is a series of short stories that deals with those folk that live on the margins within these communities. The drug dealers, addicts, football hooligans, loan sharks, gangsters and the lost and misguided souls.
As the series progresses I hope to give you a full colour high definition vision of the Longcroft estate and it's many and varied denizens. There will be laughter, tears, highs and lows.
The first story, A Good Day, deals with a drug addict who finds himself with a decision to make. Does he commit a selfless act or take advantage of a lucrative opportunity? Why do flash cars keep parking outside? Why are the new neighbours so quiet?
The Second story Community Spirit:
From the shadowy streets of the Longcroft Estate comes another gritty story. New to the area single mother Tracy finds herself falling upon hard times. She has no friends or support network only her sweet little boy Tom.
When money troubles become too much for her she finds herself turning to the wrong person for help. Will she escape from the clutches of despair or sink beyond redemption?
Elsewhere on the Estate what shocking surprise awaits the Mayor?
Another stand alone story in this believable setting that could be just down the road from you. The Longcroft tales bring you realism, hope and heart as the Longcroft Estate is brought kicking and screaming to life one story at a time.
The Third Story: Rowan’s Folly: (To Be Published Soon!)
As the series develops the stories are getting longer and more involved. In Rowan’s folly an electrician falls for the wrong girl and brings down a whole heap of trouble upon himself. How will Andy Rowan deal with a vengeful older brother and a gangster boyfriend?
Inept burglars Alan and Ben get more than they bargained for when they burgle the wrong house.
The Fourth Story:
This story could be written by YOU. To keep the series a different flavour I am looking for writers to submit a story that could become the fourth in the series. Full details can be found here: http://santsrants.blogspot.com/2011/10/longcroft-estate-needs-your-talent.html
Could you be the next author published in the Tales From The Longcroft Series?
Links and Contact Details
My (unfinished) website: http://darrensant-writer.yolasite.com/
Twitter: @groovydaz39 & @Longcroft_tales & @close2thebone
Good Reads Author Profile: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5118338.Darren_Sant
Amazon Author Profile: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Darren-Sant/e/B004UPI6DO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
My Book Review Blog: http://santsrants.blogspot.com/
I write for a blog called Close To The Bone as “Old Seth” here: http://www.craigrobertdouglas.com/
A Good Day (Tales From The Longcroft Estate)
Community Spirit (Tales From The Longcroft Estate)
Flashes Of Revenge (A Collection of 6 revenge themed flash fiction stories)