Those of you who check in with me here know that I’ve been submitting my short story collection around to small presses for a while. The collection has gone through some changes–big changes–since I first started sending it around and, thanks to my friend, Michelle Ross (There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You, Moon City Press), it finally came together in a form that makes sense and I hope is more satisfying and entertaining to readers (which really is the most important thing). Happily, WTAW Press has scooped it up and it is slated for release in October 2018! If you’ll be in Tampa for AWP, I’d love for you to join me and other snazzy writers for a reading on Thursday, March 8 @ Irish 31 Hyde Park from 6 to 7:30PM. Then I’ll be signing copies of a new chapbook at the WTAW Press table at the book fair on Friday from 9 to 9:30AM. The whole point of AWP, as far as I’m concerned, is to meet up with all the friends I wish I could see every day and to make new ones, so I hope to see so many people there. And after a couple of months of a gray, Missouri winter, I’ll admit that getting some of that Florida sunshine sounds awfully good, too (even if I’ll be painted in sunblock).
…I’ll be giving a talk on conflict in fiction, titled (not too surprisingly) “Fighting Words: Conflict and the Art of Southern Storytelling” at Auburn University-Montgomery. The date is October 23rd (place and time TBA), so if you’re going to be nearby then, plan to pop over and see me!