Nothing makes my heart skip a beat like receiving an envelope covered with stickers announcing “Author-Publisher Contract Enclosed.” Gulp! Yippee!
And then to see the title of my story collection, Skating on the Septic Tank, typed officially on the contract. It’s happening! Happened?
All in one book, my stories published in Georgia Connector Magazine, including my South
Carolina Carrie McCray award winner, and a sprinkling that were in other publications. A dream fulfilled, prodded into being by my friend Paige Cummings.
Not only am I thrilled, I’m proud to have accomplished such a body of work. Where did time go? Skimming through my stories answers that question. Along with the changing world, I see myself and my siblings growing up, my own children with their children, and my parents aging.
Name an emotion – love, joy, fear, jealousy – even a little pride and prejudice. You’ll find it in Skating on the Septic Tank. Also, humor. That gets us through all the rest.
Soon I’ll have a concise answer when people ask, “Where can I read your stories?” Their next question will be “when?” I’m shooting for Christmas 2018. Fingers crossed.