Read my short story that follows Boise Montague, the protagonist in my upcoming book Dark Paradise, on Medium. Originally published in Beyond Imagination Digital Literary Magazine, this quick read will give you a taste of what is to come when Dark Paradise hits shelves on June 25th.
After some reflection, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite reads in 2017 and why I enjoyed them. Comment below if you’ve read these books, or with suggestions of your own favorite reads last year.
The Highway Kind: Tales of Fast Cars, Desperate Drivers, and Dark Roads: I love this anthology of short stories about crimes and cars by great writers like C.J. Box and Michael Connelly. Each story has its own feel and was written specifically for this anthology.
Tales of Falling and Flying by Ben Loory: This quirky writer caught my attention after doing a reading at the 2017 LA Lit Crawl and hearing his story about a man who swallows a rock then begins to love said rock. I know, it sounds mad. But perhaps that's what makes you want to read more. We all go a little mad sometimes. His stories remind me that madness can also make you laugh and see the world in a different way. Good for Kafka lovers!
The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost: You have got to love the backstory of Twin Peaks. I learned about the history of the fictional town, which fascinates me in its American normalness. I also learned some real American history, such as the history of traitorous James Wilkinson, who may have killed Meriwether Lewis and conspired to bring down a young U.S. government.
The Guards by Ken Bruen: Short sentences, toss the pronouns in the trash. This Irish writer has a pithy style with many chapters shorter than a page. Ken Bruen depicts compelling characters and portrays what it is to be alcoholic and Irish.
Topic: How to rewire our brains to enjoy the submission process.
Response: And why not treat yourself to chocolate or something else you love for doing submissions? Mostly I get kind rejections and it does give a rush of dopamine or whatever makes you euphoric after sending out the query letter and/or manuscript. I like the treat idea, but I like the idea of doing something fun even more. Heck I'm going to treat myself for doing this blog hop! Keeping up with you bloggers is a feat. I think I'll go see Phantom Thread tonight.