New Book, Newsletter, Interview, and More!

It’s been a whirlwind of a year so far, and I can’t believe we’re halfway through March already!

As of yesterday, it’s official: my short story collection ELECTRIC TREES is one month from coming into the world! This book is made up of my misfit narrative children that couldn’t quite seem to find a home anywhere else. It’s not that these stories were simply rejected; they were apparently leaving literary journals undecided, splitting editorial teams down the middle, causing drama, ending friendships, destroying families—what was I just talking about? Anyway, I’m so proud of this collection and can’t wait for it to find its way into the hands of readers, even if I expect something of a polarized response to its stories (more on why that may be the case as we get closer to release!).

My story “Necromancy” is also finally available to read in the steampunk fairytale collection CLOCKWORK, CURSES, AND COAL! The story has been well-received so far, and there’s nothing I love more than hearing from happy readers who are enjoying my work. Rhonda Parrish did a fantastic job with this collection, and it was such a pleasure working with her. I plan to send her more fiction in the future, and I hope one of my stories may find a home in one of her many upcoming projects.

Speaking of upcoming projects: I can’t give specifics yet, but I just signed my second author contract ever! The story in question has been searching for the right home for some time, and I think she’s found the perfect one. I look forward to telling you more as soon as I can!

In other exciting news, I was a recent guest on the Writers Showcase podcast, where I was interviewed by the delightful and talented H. M. Gooden.  We had a lovely time chatting about books, work, cats, and more! Have a look:

And if you’re more of a listener than a viewer, feel free to just listen to the podcast itself here.

Like I said, it’s been a total whirlwind of a month already and I haven’t even talked about everything that’s happened yet! But more will have to wait, as I think I can hear my stories calling for some attention (or maybe it’s my cats? Hard to say!).

Until next time, I hope the strong gusts of March wind are bringing good things your way,
Melissa

 

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