This is getting real: my first novel is now available to preorder on Amazon. Buy a copy for someone you love! Or for someone you hate, if they are unnerved by fierce girls and body positivity and metaphors disguised as doughnuts.
Clarion was a whirlwind and has opened my mind in one million directions. I’ve always haunted best the strange middle spaces between magic and reality, and after six weeks of intensive speculative fiction reading and writing with some of the world’s greatest minds, I’m delighted to start sending weirder pieces out into the world. This spring, look for new original fiction in Lightspeed and Apex, and a reprint of “Asymmetry” in PodCastle.
Wondrous news: my debut novel has a cover, and I love it. It feels free-wheeling, as contemporary and strange and indie and somehow collapsing-in-on-itself as the novel and its protagonist. These are the things, dear ones, that keep us up at night: a deep and thrilling joy.
See the full cover and (kindly) add it to your to-read list on Goodreads.
HOLE IN THE MIDDLE will be released on July 7, 2017. Preorder information forthcoming!
In the midst of the sleepless and wondrous lifestorm that is the Clarion SFF workshop, I’m elated to share that my debut novel has found a home with Atom Books, an fabulous imprint of Little, Brown UK! Look for it in summer of 2017. A short pitch of the book can be found here.
Published by One Story in the summer of 2015, this Pushcart Prize-winning story explores the life and mind of a Vietnam veteran whose PTSD and complex relationship with language mire him in a world of uncertain fictions. The piece will be reprinted in the 2016 Best American Nonrequired Reading, at which point the author will spontaneously combust from happiness.
Writing a cover letter can seem daunting. How do you address it? What do you put in your bio? Should you use emojis? Well, never fear: the Cover Letter Generator is here! Simply enter the name of the journal and the title of your project, and you’ll receive your very own customized, shareable cover letter (that you should never, ever send to a magazine).
Published by One Story in the summer of 2015, this story explores the life and mind of a Vietnam veteran whose PTSD and complex relationship with language mire him in a world of uncertain fictions.
I’m immensely excited to share that I’ve been invited to attend the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop in San Diego, where I’ll learn about the art of genre-writing from masters of the form Kelly Link, Ted Chiang, Andy Duncan, Victor LaValle, Delia Sherman and Ellen Kushner.
An interview with writing blogger Nancy Christie and Broad’s founding editor Heather Lefebvre about the woes and wonders of writing short fiction, and what it means to run a magazine that exclusively publishes women, trans* and genderqueer writers.
A conversation with Smokelong Quarterly’s Ariana Calvo about the quiet desperation of hipsterdom, iPhone culture, and the tenuous “you” of second-person short fiction.
I had the opportunity to read in the I Scream Social series at the wonderful, independent shop Malvern Books in Austin, Texas during South by Southwest. It was ominously stormy and gorgeous, and there was free ice cream, and the hosts shot [this video][video] of me reading a fabulist flash fiction about breasts and “Leonardo or Lenin or Princess Diana,” a short story about dead pets, social anxiety, and the strange, small homes of miracles.
An interview and story hour with the deeply talented Matthew Anderson, who reads “The Week of Small Apocalypses,” “Three and Half Billion Chances,” and “Things We Believed When We Were Small,” and graciously lets me ramble about writing, magical realism, and the regional rivalry between North and South Carolina.
A gorgeous review by writer Tabitha Blankenbiller of The Girl Who Could Only Say ‘sex, drugs, and rock & roll’: “Open me up, the hand-sewn ivory cover beckoned. You’ll only be a minute.”
The lovely and talented poet-human Georgia Bellas (with the help of her famous stuffed bear) reads aloud a handful of my stranger, sadder love stories: Things We Believed When We Were Small, The Monster Under Your Bed, Asymmetry, and Three and a Half Billion Chances.
I have a wee magical realist chapbook and it is now in the world. “The Girl Who Could Only Say ‘sex, drugs, and rock & roll’” is a queer, magical love story about the hazy dreamworld of adolescence and the ways language reveals–and constrains–us. Palm-sized and beautifully handbound by independent Austin-based publisher Awst Press.
In which I talk with the wonderfully named Liz Blood about my new chapbook, The Girl Who Could Only Say ‘sex, drugs, and rock & roll’; strange fiction; and the creepiness of being in love.
A conversation with the brilliant, dynamic writer Lesley Arimah about magical realism, mothers and mermaids.
A Q&A about Things I Know To Be True, a story about mental illness and a veteran finding solace in books.