The End of a Decade!

I’ve been noticing these end-of-a-decade posts and I suddenly realized that 2020 ends my first decade as a published author. I started publishing stories 8 years ago. At this point, I feel like I might be a small press author, but I’m certainly no longer a new writer–something of a revelation. In honor of the decade that was, I decided to write my own end-of-decade post.

In the last decade I’ve published 36 stories in ~63 venues, including Interzone, Podcastle, the Cincinnati Review, The Dark, and Black Static. I’ve had one translated story released (French), … Read more

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Embracing Failure: The Writing Process

Over on Horror Tree, I talk about my newly released novella The Rampant and why many many failures were necessary before I could complete this particular work.

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Baby writers are never all the same. It is just the broad strokes–no sense of marketplaces or paths or realistic goals—that give new writers that patina of predictable and homogeneous. What a baby writer has to offer is, by definition, unique and as yet unrealized.

In my twenties, I spent years on journal writing, along with attempts at poetry and fiction that were all imagination—my imagination—but definitely lacked discipline and craft. … Read more

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Book GiveAway: The Rampant

The Rampant

After months of fear & anticipation, The Rampant has finally arrived! I knew what I wanted to write from the beginning, but it took a few years of abandonment in a darkened electronic drawer, before I found it ready for completion. Writing for me is like that: fermenting, disassembling, pickling, buffing, and finally burial with a moldy wet sock.

I’m thrilled at how well it’s been received. It’s gotten lovely reviews from Publishers Weekly and the Book Smugglers. And the early reader reviews on Amazon and Goodreads include some really kind words.

If you haven’t had a chance to … Read more

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