Hey kids, remember how I was so excited back in January because I had a story picked up by a publisher? Well, the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed, because I’m finally able to reveal it!
It’s a real honor and a privilege to have a story alongside Seanan McGuire (I have fangirled at her at conventions…I’m so sorry, Seanan!), David B. Coe, James Enge, David Farland, Esther Friesner, Howard Andrew Jones, Gini Koch, Violette Malan, Ashley McConnell and a few folks like me who submitted to the open call for the anthology Guilds & Glaives published by Zombies Need Brains.
Here’s the blurb: “Sword and sorcery has long been a much beloved staple of the SF&F community, from Fritz Leiber’s “Lankhmar” novels and Moorcock’s “Elric” saga, to Violette Malan’s more recent “Dhulyn and Parno” series. Who doesn’t like a daring thief skulking through back alleys in the dark of night, or a deranged mage conjuring death spells in a bubbling cauldron? This anthology will tackle the subgenre of thieves, assassins, guilds, and dark magic with some of today’s hottest authors!”
I am so excited that this actually includes me!
Look at that awesome cover above, done by Justin Adams of Varia Studios. I’m just going to sit here and admire that for a minute, swear in awe, and raise a glass in toast to art well-executed.
Wait, you want to know more about my story in particular? I decided to tackle the rather dry side of most organizations, the glue of any guild, the pen and paper pushers who are on the hook when the heroes make a mess of things. In my story The Witch That Wasn’t, we join Esther, who can’t do magic–so how has she been arrested as the most notorious witch in the western world? And why is she being rescued by an insurance adjuster from the Black Mages Guild? It’s a quirky tale, but sadly lacking in beer.
You can pre-order here:
It will be available through this and channels like Amazon and Barnes & Noble in late August or September, 2018.
I had entirely too much fun writing this story, so I hope you all have a blast reading it!