Claiming One

E.J. Runyon

Venetia Jackson (Cover Design)

Inspired Quill



ISBN: 9781908600066


Publication date: 14 January 2012

Rights: World



“You run or you fight. Pick either one, but do something.”

The distinct characters in Claiming One are both incredibly loving and tragically flawed: far from finding what they seek, and an even longer way from peace.

Often, we arrive to their story on the heels of a major change, whether actual or symbolic, and each story offers a glimpse into the characters’ moment of choice. We witness perilous options, discoveries and decisions, all while considering the flawless humanity presented to us.

This powerful collection brings together 17 short stories linked together by flight or denial. Author E.J. Runyon masterfully intertwines a lop-sided trail of hope, found in the hearts of the characters, to thread these tales together.
“Runyon tells her stories with an unashamed truthfulness–what seems to be almost an unaware truthfulness. The work is edgy, but never for the sake of edginess. At the same there exists a compelling emotional accessibility. If you are willing to risk reading, this will challenge you, capture your attention, and dare you to continue till the very last.”

-Catherine Ryan Hyde, acclaimed author of Pay It Forward

E.J. Runyon

E.J. Runyon lives in the US North East. Since 2002 she’s found herself moving on to smaller and smaller towns, while working to become the author and writing coach she planned on being.

First, she quit working in software and sold her home to finance her degree in Creative Writing and her Grad-work in Online Teaching and Learning. She’s never looked back. Now, her life revolves around her own writing and Bridge to Story – an online creativity coaching business she runs– and you know, being a better person day to day.

E.J.’s passion is focused on writing fine prose and on getting folks writing, her aim is coaching them in writing well. She participates yearly in National Novel Writing Month – an event she’s been involved in since 2001. Several of the short stories in Claiming One are excerpts from her many in-progress and published novels, written during various NaNoWriMo years.

Her debut novel for Inspired Quill, A House of Light & Stone, was nominated for the 2015 Dramatic Fiction award at The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS).