Depending on how you count them, I’ve written around about twenty short stories so far. All were fantasy or sci-fi. Some of them will never see the light of day; their sole purpose was in teaching me how to write fiction. Others have appeared in magazines, anthologies, and short story collections.
The following stories have already been published:
“The Coming of Darkness”, about a man with night blindness fighting to get his daughter to safety after the grid fails.
“Above the Silver Sky”, about a girl’s desperate journey to save her village from drought.
“37”, a satire about a world where everyone is culled from the population when they reach 37 years of age.
“Dirt Moon”, a military sci-fi pitched as Starship Troopers meets the movie Tremors.
“Going Viral”, about scientists who find the ultimate cure, at the ultimate cost.
If you prefer audio, both “Going Viral” and “Dirt Moon” are available as free podcast stories from Third Flatiron Publishing.
I’ve sold two other stories that will be published in 2018.
- My short fantasy story “Rooks” has been accepted by Stupefying Stories. No word on the publication date.
- My mythology-inspired fantasy story “Song for Persephone” is forthcoming in Galaxy’s Edge magazine.
Most of my stories have translation, audio, adaptation, and reprint rights available. Please contact me if you’re interested.
In September 2014, I won WRiTE CLUB 2014, a flash fiction contest in which participants submit 500-word pieces anonymously (under a pen name) and the audience votes for their favorites. There were 167 entries, narrowed by a panel of judges to 32. I ultimately wrote 3 different 500-word pieces in the course of five voting rounds. A panel of celebrity judges (agents, editors, and authors) chose the winner of the final round. They said some very nice things about my writing:
I love the dialogue… the voice really makes this piece stand out. -Tiana Smith, YA/MG author and the 2011 winner of WRiTE CLUB
A nice consistent voice; great world-building even within such a short piece of writing; great suspense, energy, and flow. -Lydia Kang, author of YA fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction.
Great command of both the macro-level story elements and the micro-level language skills needed to present them effectively… -Tex Thompson, rural fantasy author and the 2012 winner of WRiTE CLUB
The voice stood out, the character seemed quirky, jaunty, and clever, and I wanted to read more. -Margaret Bail, Inklings Literary
A natural understanding of flow and pacing. -Mark Hough, author and the 2012 winner of WRiTE CLUB
The tone and voice are light, fun, and in line with the character and the scene – it’s nice to get this consistency and synergy early on… -Katie Grimm, Don Congdon Associates
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