"Inner Lives and Outer Selves" is a new collection of twelve stories by short fiction writer Cathleen Maza. In these diverse pieces of women's fiction, the author explores the interior lives of characters struggling with the outside world. In "Mother's Day", a middle-aged mother cherishes her daughter while trying to reconcile with an unhappy childhood. "Love Notes" follows one woman's attempt to examine various relationships through therapy. And the intriguing "Into the Dark of the Light" depicts a wife and mother slipping precariously back and forth between her past and present.
Through her writing, the author demonstrates a love of crafting in-depth emotions into short pieces of literary fiction. Works include: Into the Dark of the Light, The Wrong Ocean, Mother Love, How Far We've Fallen, Little Blue Beach House, Mother's Day, Keeper of the Leaves, Fate of the Fairy, A Dish Best Served Cold, Love Notes, This is Only a Test, and A Bistro in Paris.
BIOGRAPHY I write full-time in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, where I live in a one-hundred-year-old home with my family. A member of the Society of Midland Authors, my short fiction has been published in several literary venues including "Crack the Spine", "Clover", and "Chicago Quarterly Review". I began independently publishing my own story collections in various genres about four years ago, but still enjoy writing short fiction for literary magazines.
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