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I’m in this issue! You should go subscribe and read because my essay is way better than the first time I wrote it. Thanks to Maura for her edits and the fastest turnaround from acceptance to publication, and thanks to Megan for telling me to submit something, even when I didn’t know what to submit.


Let me tell you a story about how the brain works.

I’m working on the first round of edits for my second novella (Out in May! Watch this space!), which means it’s the first time I’ve read it since I wrote it in November. A month ago, I wrote a short scene as a release day extra, in which I put one of the characters in a hot pink suit. I don’t know exactly why I did that, except that it seemed right.

It seemed right because, back in November, I wrote this:

He has his earphones in, too. Matthew can see them from here because they’re hot pink.

I didn’t remember that. My brain did.


A friend said to me last night, You look happy. And you’re not a happy person. He was right on both counts. But, on Thursday night, I finished a novella which took up most of February, and I submitted it to Carina Press. In the morning, I sent out a couple of queries. I approved the cover to my first Torquere novella, and then the first round of edits for the second arrived.

I’m excited and nervous and just about to jump off a cliff, but I think I might be happy.

We literally just decided on the cover this afternoon, after a little back-and-forth and typeface confusion. I’m so excited, and I can’t wait for you all to read this book.

A Great Rough Diamond comes out April 10th, from Torquere Press. This is the front cover; here’s the back blurb:

When Charlie tours with his band, Wes stays home in Chicago. Wes thought that life was working for them, but in the middle of a snowstorm and a welcome home party for their newly-married best friends, their relationship comes to a sudden, drunken crescendo.

Stay tuned for the lead-up to publication day. I’ll have bonus stories and art for you, and any other fun extras we can come up with.