MK author’s debut short story ‘The Man Upstairs’ is published in the book ‘Connections’, which has topped five Amazon charts.
A 27-year-old writer from Milton Keynes has become an Amazon #1 bestselling author overnight.
Becky Leeson’s debut short story, The Man Upstairs, was published in Connections, a new anthology of short stories that topped the Amazon charts across all 5 of its categories.
Connections features 23 fictional short stories by amateur and professional authors from across the UK.
Penned during the pandemic, the stories were compiled and edited by Jen Parker, founder of independent publisher Fuzzy Flamingo.
Since launching at the end of March, Connections has become an Amazon bestseller in both ebook and paperback format.
When Becky learned she’d hit the top spot, she shared a celebratory post on Twitter that went viral, with over 3,000 likes and hundreds of supportive comments and retweets.
On publishing her first story, Becky said: “The response has been incredible. I wrote The Man Upstairs during the November lockdown, so this project was an amazing creative outlet that helped me to find some calm in the chaos. I’m so grateful for that.
“Connections brought so many people together to create something special, at a time when the pandemic had forced us apart.”
The Man Upstairs tells the story of a bitter, lonely woman who confuses the past with reality, consumed by grief and regret.
Her struggle with mental wellbeing is an extreme depiction of what we’ve all experienced during the pandemic. It’s an unsettling, but often darkly funny read.
Becky added: “Long-term isolation is so unnatural to us as humans. I’m lucky to be surrounded by a wonderful, close support system of family and friends, but for this story, I tried to put myself into the shoes of someone older, who doesn’t have anyone.
“We crave connection with others, and that’s how my story ties into the book itself. Now, we need to keep these conversations around mental health going. We’re all in this together!”
Connections is available on Amazon, priced at £4.99 for the ebook, or paperback at £9.99. For more information about Becky Leeson, visit beckyleeson.com or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @bookyleeson