This past week, David Daley, editor at Five Chapters, serialized my story "The Other Woman." This story was inspired by a news headline several years ago: State Trooper Sentenced for Forcing Couples to Strip. I wrote the story a while ago but never quite got it right in time to include as a part of the collection, but I was very excited to see it published this past week at such a great site. Did you know they published Molly Ringwald a couple months ago? Not to mention all the other great writers whose work I've admired over there. You can read the story in its entirety here, with no pesky waiting for the next part to get published.
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Jane and I took the above photo on our trip to Iowa City this afternoon. We drove over there for some Indian food, and to buy a couple books, do a little shopping. I can't even put into words how stoked I was to see my book on that shelf with all the other recently released paperbacks. Jane was pretty stoked, too, which was awesome to see. I have a story or two about Prairie Lights and what that bookstore has meant to me over the years, but I'll save them for another time. For now, I'll just say that there is no other bookstore in the world where I would rather encounter for the first time my first book for sale.
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Ninth Letter put together a reading to coincide with the upcoming Pygmalion Music Festival, and Jodee Stanley kindly asked me to join the sweet group of writers listed on the above poster: Roxane Gay, Ted Sanders, Amy Sayre, and Jensen Beach. We'll be reading at Cowboy Monkey in Champaign this Saturday the 29th. I can't wait.