Today is the birthday of one of my dearest friends! Happy birthday, Joni!
And it’s the birthday of my short story, “Good Harvest“!
Happy birthday, “Good Harvest!”
I never thought you would come into the world, but you did, thanks to the encouragement of a few people like my agent, Sandra Bishop, who wanted to know more about the characters who people my novel, Broken Ground, which is due out this May 3rd!
So here’s a story from the perspective of Thomas Everly, one of the key players in Broken Ground. He’s going to change a lot by the time he steps into a scene in the novel. But that’s what fiction is all about, right? Change? The conflict which yields change? For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, it’s what feeds the fire of transformation.
I’m all about writing short stories right now. It’s nice to go for a sprint once in a while, instead of the marathon which is novel-writing. (Metaphorically speaking. In real life, I walk or bike or swim or skip. I don’t run.) Here are some of my current favorite short story authors: George Saunders (who I just read, thanks to a recommendation from Greg, my husband), Alice Munro (who wore the exact headband pictured here when I saw her read at Women & Children First Bookstore many years ago, I swear to heaven), and Andrea Barrett (who I once made laugh over lunch, God Bless Her). I’m about to jump into stories by Elizabeth McCracken too, a suggestion from another dear friend, Amy.
What short story writers do you love, and why?
And thank you for considering Good Harvest as a possible read!