This thread was brought to my attention by Ryan Grimes and I thought it worth a response.
I thought this issue had been resolved in 2011, and certainly after the 2nd book in the series, A Tortured Soul was published, but it appears not.
I corresponded with Lellan about the similarities between A Good Man and Spirals back in 2011 and offered to acknowledge him in the book. He declined the offer after reading the whole thing (which I sent to him before it finished posting on the site) as he felt it diverged sufficiently away from the happy ending of Spirals.
Below is the text of a message I sent to Lellan on 12th October 2011 through the SoL system. The planned third book in the series is not yet finished. There is further correspondence but I do not feel it appropriate to share messages sent to me, only this first message from me
I came across your work through SOL's random story
suggestions a few years ago. "Taking the Road
Together" stuck in my mind, I enjoyed it, but I
read some of your other stories too.
One of those was "Spirals". Now, it seems that
"Spirals" stuck in my subconscious mind more than
I thought it did. Why do I say that?
Well, last spring I started work on a new novel,
the first of a planned series of three. It's taken
me until now to get it finished and edited to a
state that I was happy with to release it, but
release it I have, earlier this week.
Today, I had an email from a reader questioning my
open chapter's similarity to that of "Spirals".
I'll admit, the title itself didn't ring any
bells, but when I looked the story up, your name
did. As did the story itself when I skimmed
through it. And blow me if he was right - not just
about the first chapter, but about the
similarities of the plot in the early part of my
Now, at this point I need to say that I wrote "A
Good Man" some considerable time after reading
"Spirals" and I honestly didn't realise what I was
writing was so similar to your story. Yes, the
setting is different and the characters have
different traits, but the similarities are there
to be found if one cares to look. And you don't
have to look that hard.
Please take this as a compliment. It seems that
your story stuck with me enough at the back of my
mind that it clearly influenced the writing of my
story. A bit like Noel Gallagher having John
Lennon influence much of his body of work, I
Ultimately, these are clearly two different
stories, as will be evidenced as mine advances
(I'm posting it as a serial). But I thought it
polite to drop you a note about this - before
someone else does.