New Story Sale!

Happy to announce my short story “Those Who Wear Their White Hair Proudly” will be included in Flame Tree Publishing‘s Heroic Fantasy Short Stories anthology, joining their line of gorgeously bound gothic fantasy collections.

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This story is near and dear to my heart, and I’m very grateful it’s found a home. I’ll be sharing more about it closer to when the anthology comes out, scheduled for July.

In the meantime, be sure to check out the other authors in the anthology and join me in drooling over the cover.

New Story “The Dim Rank Dark” Now Available!

Happy to announce my short story “The Dim Rank Dark” is now available in Incarceration, an anthology about the future of prisons from SFF micropress WolfSinger Publishing.

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From the jacket copy:

INCARCERATION

The word conjures up images of jail cells, steel bars, guards, chain gangs, prison stripes and more.

In this anthology seventeen authors tell tales of possible future incarceration methods: Genetic Engineering to create a new breed of prison guards. Viral Engineering to create a medically induced coma that can be programmed for a specific length of time. Prisoners who volunteer to be human Guinea Pigs to receive early releases – if they survive. A “Fun House” that helps people to move past their prejudices and pre-conceived ideas of others.

These and other forms of imprisonment are available for you to explore – from a safe distance – in these pages. Some are indictments of the system, with those who are not-guilty punished for something they didn’t do. Some offer harsh punishments for what seems like only a minor infraction and others explore the human side of imprisonment in unique ways. Join us – we promise you’ll be released at the end of each story.

The anthology also includes stories from: Rebecca McFarland Kyle, David Boop, Melodie Bolt, Dean Anthony Brink, Dawn M. Sooy, A. L. Sirois, David B. Riley, Andrew M. Seddon, Cheryl Toner, S. D. Matley, Catrin Sian Rutland, Frank Montellano, Gerry Griffiths, Liam Hogan, Lyn Godfrey, and R. Joseph Maas.

“The Dim Rank Dark” deals with issues of penal labor, rehabilitation, and the idea of prisoners as second-class citizens. In a high-tech but physically-constrained domed city, prisoners are forced to maintain the city’s sewers. As a politician moves to strip them of their rights, a group of prisoners fights back the only way they can.

Copies of the anthology are available in ebook and in print through CreateSpace and Smashwords, so please check it out!

 

 

New short story “No Regrets on Fourth Street” Now Available!

I’m pleased to announce my short story “No Regrets on Fourth Street” is available in the latest issue of Perihelion Science Fiction.

It’s a story near and dear to my heart — aren’t they all? — mixing action and romance with a cyberpunk future. For a sense of what I was thinking about when writing this piece, check out my Pinterest board for the project.

So I hope you enjoy the story, and be sure to check out the rest of the issue!

Reprint in The Singularity #4

Happy to announce my story “Jump Cut” has been reprinted in the fourth issue of The Singularity, a UK-based magazine that “publishes short stories that are singular in voice and style.” I got my copy in the mail the other day, and isn’t that cover gorgeous?

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This story is a personal favorite, and it was originally published by Unlikely Story last year. So glad it found another home!

The issue was edited by Lee P. Hogg. Other contributors include: Jon Wallace, Phillip A. Suggars, Andrew Wilmot, Elana Gomel, Tom Learmont, Jon Etter, Himanshu Goel, Edward Ahern, and Corbett Buchly.

Get your copy from Amazon or Createspace.

Still not convinced? Check out some of the visual inspiration for “Jump Cut” on my Pinterest page.

Professional Milestones or The Little Story that Could

Earlier this month, Unlikely Story—a fantastic venue of, well, unlikely speculative fiction—announced they were now a SFWA-qualifying market. This was exciting news for me, as they published my short story “Jump Cut” earlier this year, and I already had two SFWA-qualifying sales under my belt. With three sales, I’m now considered a fully-fledged member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Yay!

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This is a huge professional milestone for me for a number of reasons. First off, I primarily consider myself a novelist, so to have my membership based on my short story sales has bolstered my confidence in my craft. Since novels take more time and effort than short stories to develop (at least for me), I’m grateful there are opportunities to engage in the speculative fiction community as a professional even if I haven’t had a novel published yet.

Second, because my novel-length work is often geared toward young adults and contains romantic elements, I felt it important to demonstrate I was capable of writing a wide-range of stories for all ages. Given the tensions in the speculative fiction community over the last few years dismissing women, YA, and stories that don’t necessarily adhere to elements of the Golden Age of SF/F, I wanted my induction into this community to be unassailable. That’s also why I didn’t join SFWA as an associate member when I made my first sale, because I didn’t want to risk being viewed as a one-hit wonder. (Obviously, other writers may feel differently as to when it’s appropriate to join SFWA, but this was my process. As with anything, YMMV.)

Finally, it simply feels good to know I’m creating at a professional level. Each story I’ve had published has been a labor of love, and I’m proud of every one, regardless of what market they ended up at. But joining SFWA has been a goal of mine since I started writing SF/F, and I’m happy I’ve finally achieved it. Doesn’t mean there isn’t more work to do, but I’m looking forward to whatever comes next.

And all this wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t kept submitting “Jump Cut” to markets. I’ve talked before about the submission process, and the time it took for the story to find a home. I was thrilled when it was finally accepted for publication, and knowing it has become my third qualifying sale is just icing on the cake. For me, it is the little short story that could.

UnlikelyStoryBannerSo thank you to Unlikely Story, as well as to Crossed Genres Magazine for publishing “Forge and Fledge” and to S.M. Stirling and Roc for including “Against the Wind” in The Change anthology. You have helped me enter a new phase of my career!

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