I'm over-the-moon, into-the-stars excited to share that one of my stories will be included in An Alphabet of Embers, an anthology of lyrical, magical, and border-defying short stories. I backed the project on Kickstarter before I even knew I would submit... it resonated as soon as Rose Lemberg, the editor, described it as “the kind of book you’d pick up when you’re drowning for a gulp of beauty on a gray day.” My story "Outfitting the Restless Heart, or How the Sky was Made" will hopefully deliver on that promise. It's my first fiction sale, and my first-ever submission to a science fiction/fantasy market. I've been blown away at how different the experience is compared to submitting to literary magazines. Being paid for my work and being part of a "pro market" has added another level of excitement to the acceptance. Maybe it's the rose-colored glasses of being a newcomer, but I'm impressed at how the SFF writing community engages in both the craft and the business of writing... it's a nice shot of self-respect for those of us who are just starting out.
I can't wait to meet the other writers who will be part of An Alphabet of Embers, and I'll be eagerly awaiting May 2015 when this very special anthology makes it way into the world!