What appeals to me when reading books, irrespective of the length of the story, is how quickly the author is able to convince me that the characters, scenes and settings are real, without the need for over-extending the personalisation of these aspects. Quite simply, if I haven't bought in to the characters within a very short space of time, the story loses its stamina.
This talent that JR Stringer so obviously possesses makes for a very interesting prospect in the literary world. To date, only 2 short stories have been produced (Stag-Do Hullabaloo being the other) however both leave you gasping for more.
This is especially the case with One Night Stand-Off, almost as if this short story is the prelude to a much deeper, darker, even romantic, novel. The characters are laid bare in such a simple way, with the suggestion of depth always present. The scenario is also delicately told, steering clear of seedy and avoiding frolic. It is a well-written short story, and I highly recommend it.
A big future lies ahead for JR Stringer, and I shall be waiting with interest to see what comes next.