“Forestborn” will always be special to me because it was my first pro-published story (originally appearing in Gamut). Years later, I still consider it one of my better stories. It’s a tale of love, persistence, homemaking, and letting go, taking place in a cabin in the forest.
I’m so happy to share it with you now—this is the first time it’s available to read online for free.
“The Bones and Their Girl” first appeared in Syntax & Salt, and now you can read it again in the Special Reprint Issue of Flash Fiction Online (June 2021) edited by Samantha L. Strong. This story deals with love, secrets, death, vulnerability, and hidden hope, featuring two lovers, art, and bones.
Each month, Flash Fiction Online posts a new story on their website on Fridays, and mine will be up on June 11. If you can’t wait, grab a copy of the issue on Amazon, Weightless Books, or directly from the Publisher.
What happens when a group of writers are challenged to write a 100-word story that revolves around the line “Wish you were here”?
Read the results on the Stupefying Stories blog where the ten winning stories of The Pete Wood Challenge will be published this week, two stories every weekday, starting with “Are There Cats On Mars”? by Jonathan Worlde and my science fiction microfic, “Machine Learning.”
Recently, I had a story in the ever-popular PodCastle Flash Fiction Contest that made the final round. Alas, it was not crowned one of the three winners, but will be appearing in the same episode later this year as an Editor’s Choice! Thrilled to make a sale from the contest after all. Can’t wait to share this story with you.
And congratulations to the winners—Drew Czernik, Ally Chua, and Aleks Wittkamp—whose terrific stories you won’t want to miss.
Flash Fiction Online is in the process of redesigning the covers of their yearly anthologies, including the 2020 anthology. I already liked the previous look, but the new design has my—well, everyone’s—name on the cover, so I can’t complain.
Flash Fiction Online came out with a new anthology last month, edited by Suzanne W. Vincent, collecting all the stories published in 2020, including one of mine, “We Are the Moor.”
The anthology includes stories from: Stewart C Baker, Samuel Barnhart, Rebecca, Birch, R.K. Duncan, Sam Dunnington,Corey Farrenkopf, Lora Gray, Maria Haskins, Dayla Haynes, Bryce Heckman, Sylvia Heike, Audrey R. Hollis, Jennifer Hudak, Juliet Kemp, G.T. Knight, Melanie Lau, Tara Lazar, Sheila Massie, Dafydd McKimm, Nancy Moir, Wendy Nikel, Hailey Piper, Kyle Richardson, Elsa Richardson-Bach, Kelly Sandoval, T.R. Siebert, A.C. Spahn, Renée Jessica Tan, Angela Teagardner, Cathy Tenzo, David Urbina, Marie Vibbert, Filip Wiltgren
» Buy Flash Fiction Online 2020 Anthology directly from the publisher (available as epub, pdf, mobi)
» Buy from Amazon
We’ve made it almost to the end of 2020. Christmas and 2021 are finally around the corner. It’s also that time of year when authors like to remind you of the stories they had published during the year, so that you can read & enjoy them, and perhaps, spread the word, or even nominate your favourites for awards.
I only had one eligible story come out in 2020, but I’m very proud of it. I’d be thrilled if you gave it a read:
» Read “We Are the Moor” in Flash Fiction Online (975 words)
I discovered a review of “We Are The Moor” I hadn’t seen until now. Victoria Silverwolf at Tangent Online had some very nice things to say about my story:
“This is a poetic and gently melancholy tale, full of sincere emotion and appreciation for nature.”
» Read the whole review here.
» You can read the story over at Flash Fiction Online.
Happy May Day! I have some news. I have joined the ranks of other authors at Curious Fictions. Curious Fictions is a platform that brings together authors and readers of short fiction, all in one place. Authors are vetted, so the quality of the stories remains high.
There are many ways to support authors on the website such as optional tips. All my stories on the site will, at least for now, be available for free. I wouldn’t say no to a comment or a like though! It’s always great to hear when a reader has read something of mine.
My first story on the site is a reprint, “Not All Who Wander Are Lost”. It’s a young adult fantasy flash fiction, about a boy who meets a mysterious girl in the magical Midsummer night. You can expect a few more reprints in the same vein in the spring/summer.
Another review/recommendation for “We Are The Moor“, this time at Tor.com. Yes, Tor.com! Alex Brown kindly includes my story in their Must-Read Speculative Short Fiction: February 2020 recommendations.
They describe my story as “beautifully sad and remarkably sincere” and also calls me “an author to watch.” Read more here.
I am loving that this story is getting read & reviewed and honestly a bit stunned. I am so grateful for Flash Fiction Online for publishing it, and editor Suzanne Vincent for helping me make the story what it is.