Kindly forgive my lack of modesty, but my writing has been going well lately.
I. I won the Arkansas Scottish Festival’s annual poetry contest with my poem “Black Agnes.” Lady Agnes Randolph, daughter of the Earl of Moray, wife of the Earl of Dunbar, maintained a siege against the English forces in 1338. Black Agnes is well-known in Scotland, but practically unknown in the United States. I learned more about her in the process of researching my poem than I could fit into verse, so I plan to put the rest of what I learned about her in a children’s book.
II. Alternative Truths is doing quite well. It is currently at 58 reviews on Amazon, 3 four-star reviews and 55 five-star reviews. My story, “As Prophesied of Old,” is one of 24 stories. The other 23 are by Jim Wright, Adam-Troy Castro, Rebecca McFarland Kyle, Diana Hauer, Gregg Chamberlain, Paula Hammond, Louise Marley, Sara Codair, Irene Radford, K. G. Anderson, Bruno Lombardi, Daniel M. Kimmel, Voss Foster, Janka Hobbs, Victor D. Phillips, Bobby Lee Featherston, Larry Hodges, Blaze Ward, Marleen S. Barr, Joel Ewy, Ken Staley, Liam Hogan, and Wondra Vanian. I did a write-up about Alternative Truths for Krypton Radio, as well as a HubPages blog.
The most recent review said: “A wonderful collection of some very excellent shorts stories. Stand outs amongst them include Susan Macdonald’s excellent portrayal of British stoicism, Janka Hobb’s collection of letters with very sinister connotations for the future, Ken Staley’s expose of SWATing (sort of) and my favourite Voss Foster’s history lesson with a twist.”
III. I’ve had over two dozen articles posted on Krypton Radio, and my editor has seemed pleased with all of them. I’ve written about Hellboy, Transformers, Powers Boothe, Wonder Woman, Joe Harris, Jim Parsons, Nisi Shawl, and Sir Roger Moore.
IV. I have a new website. Go check it out. One of my editors suggested an author webpage would be useful to me.
V. And now the big news: Drum roll, please!
My short story “Erzabet and the Gladiators” has been accepted by Flame Tree Publishing’s anthology Heroic Fantasy Short Stories. My editor asked me not to say anything until the publisher made the official announcement; I’ve been bursting to tell the news since the story was accepted. This is my second sale at professional rates, and the first appearance of one of my stories in a hardcover book.
Voss Foster, my book-mate (book bro? What is the correct term for someone whose story is in the anthology as yours?) from Alternative Truths also has a story in Heroic Fantasy, as do Clark Ashton Smith, John Buchan, Snorri Sturluson, Homer, Robert E. Howard, A. Merritt, Geoffrey Chaucer, Andrew Lang, Howard Pyle, William Morris, and Eric Rücker Eddison. In addition to new fantasy stories by Alexandra Renwick, M. Elizabeth Ticknor, Beth Dawkins, Lauren C. Teffeau, Tony Pi, Joanna Michal Hoyt, David Busboom, Kate O’Connor, Michael Haynes, Zach Chapman, Therese Arkenberg, A. Creg Peters, Alexandra Renwick, Erin Gitchell, Voss, and me, Heroic Fantasy will include the text of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, as well as extracts from Beowulf, The Nibelungenlied, and The Song of Roland.
Heroic Fantasy will be published sometime in July 2017.