Some wonderful links to share:
I love this post from Kristen Forbes who turns a painful breakup into a novel breakthrough. But before you read that, read this: I Have an Eating Disorder and No One in My Life Knows, a courageous essay Kristen wrote that was published over at Role/Reboot recently. Kristen’s essay “Brave on the Page” inspired the title of my anthology, and since that book came out, she has been writing and publishing brave and more brave writing. Brava, Kristen!
Congratulations to Portland author Solla Carrock, who recently published her novel, The Things That Always Were. The book begins in 1962 and is told from the point of view of a ten-year-old girl dealing with emotional and physical abuse. Solla does an amazing job telling the story through Annie’s point of view, using a beautiful, clear, and uncluttered childlike voice. Find paperback and ebook versions of The Things That Always Were on Amazon, paperback at CreateSpace, for Nook on Barnes&Noble.com, and through iTunes. I’ve only read the beginning of the book so far, but the voice was really compelling, and the story Solla tells is an emotionally honest one. Learn more at Running Girl Press.
Powell’s Books staff members discuss their favorite short stories in honor of May, National Short Story Month.
And speaking of short stories, Liz Prato discusses “Sonny’s Blues” in this essay published in The Missouri Review. I can’t wait to get a copy and read it myself!
Christi Krug, a dear writer friend and the author of Burn Wild, talks about the importance of staying motivated once your book has been launched. She’s a great example of someone who always recognizes the impact of people around her–as you’ll see in that post. She also recently put together a thank-you post to acknowledge some of the people who have extended their help in the launch of her book. So with this post, I am technically thanking her for her thank you, so we are engaged in potentially out-thanking each other. But besides that, it’s a wonderful example of community and making sure to verbally recognize those who have helped your book along its publication journey.
And finally, we just revealed the advance reader copy cover of A Simplified Map of the Real World, the linked short story collection by Stevan Allred that I’m publishing in September. You can check out the cover and the story behind it at Gigi Little’s blog.