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Hollow

A car accident shattered sixteen-year-old Morgan’s family. Now her brother’s dead, her mom’s like a wheelchair-bound shadow, her dad lives at work and her seven-year-old sister Amy tries too freaking hard to salvage everything. What’s more, high school is its own special kind of hell, where her ex-boyfriend delights in spreading rumors that shred her reputation and make her feel like a loser.

When she finds an old camera in a creepy abandoned hospital, it seems like her luck is finally changing. And it is changing–from bad to worse. Because of course it is. Each time Morgan photographs one of her classmates they become corrupted versions of themselves. It’s like the camera steals their goodness, their essence, and leaves them hollow.

Then her sister uses the camera to take a selfie.

No matter what the cost, Morgan will find a way to reverse the effects of the cursed camera and save Amy, before her already-fractured family completely self-destructs.

‎October ‎31, ‎2012 I created the file that would become the first draft of the novel that eventually came to be titled Hollow.

I’ve written a few novels, a few NaNoWriMo novels, even, and this was the hardest one to date. In 2012 it was supposed to be my NaNoWriMo novel but every word was like pulling teeth so, if I remember correctly, I set it aside and cranked out something else to hit my word goal. I tried working on it again for Camp NaNoWriMo but again ended up putting it aside and working on something else while my subconscious worked away at it, figuring out my way into the story.

The next year, in 2013, it was my NaNoWriMo novel again and that year I finished the first draft.

Then came editing. So much revising. Turning one of my NaNoWriMo first drafts into something other people might want to read is no small task.

And yesterday the latest chapter in the story of this book was written. The paperwork is done and the contracts are signed. It’s official —

Tyche Books is going to publish Hollow!

 

I am so excited! I can’t imagine a better publisher to help me share this book with the world 🙂

I’ve worked with Tyche before as an editor, and of course they’ll be publishing Fire: Demons, Dragons and Djinns next year, but this is a different kind of excitement. I love editing, anthologies in particular, but writing will always a little bit closer to my heart. And this story, for all sorts of reasons I’m sure I’ll talk about between now and when it comes out, is even a little bit closer than most.

This feels pretty awesome.

Call for Submissions: Fire

Yesterday submissions opened to an anthology that I’ve been looking forward to for over a year!

Fire: Demons, Dragons & Djinn

This is the first in a brand new series of element-based anthologies edited by myself and published by Tyche Books. I’ve included the call for submissions below and I’ll write up and share a ‘Fire Wishlist’ in the next couple weeks and share that here, too. In the meantime, if you’ve got a story about a fiery being I would really love to see it!

Call for Submissions:

The ability for people to control (to some extent at least) fire has long been held as one of the major events that contributed to human evolution, but when fire eludes or escapes our control it is also one of the most destructive forces on earth. Associated with passion, power, transformation and purification, fire is a ferocious element with an unquenchable appetite.

We want to explore the many facets of this beautifully furious element and the creatures associated with it so Fire: Demons, Dragons and Djinns will be filled with stories about every kind of fiery creature you can imagine, not only those listed in the subtitle. We’re looking for phoenixes, ifrits, salamanders, lava monsters and fiery beasts no one has ever heard of before. And of course this anthology will not be complete without at least one demon, dragon and djinn!

Rights and compensation: Payment: $50 CAD flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology. In exchange we are seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology.

Open submission period: June 1, 2017 – August 31, 2017 (was originally August 15 but has been extended)

Length: Under 7,500 words

No simultaneous or multiple submissions.

No reprints.

Submit here

(http://bit.ly/FireAntho)

The Elemental Anthology Series

Elemental Anthology SeriesI am so very excited to share this news. I’ve been sitting on it for a while but now the contract for the first book is signed and so it’s safe for my superstitious self to shout the news from the rooftops… or, ya know, my blog.

I’m going to be working with Tyche Books to publish a brand new anthology series!

I got to work with Tyche when I had a story included in their Masked Mosaic anthology and ever since I’ve been looking for a chance to repeat the experience. You can imagine, then, how happy I was when they accepted my proposal to do an anthology series with an elemental theme.

I am super stoked–not least of all because the tentative titles and subtitles are full of alliteration (and I am a sucker for alliteration). These are all subject to change but tentatively speaking we are looking at:

Fire: Demons, Dragons and Djinns

Earth: Gargoyles, Grotesques and Golems

Water: Selkies, Sirens and Sea Monsters

Air: Sylphs, Spirits and Seraphim

After Tyche Books accepted the series there came the tricky issue of choosing which one of those anthologies to start it off with.

As awesome as Sirens is I thought it might be nice to take a break from air and water before diving (heh!) back into them so I narrowed the decision down to earth or fire. And then I got stuck, I was sincerely considering just flipping a coin, and that didn’t seem like the best way to choose which anthology to start with, so I let my newsletter subscribers decide for me.

We took a vote and the winner was:

Fire-Wings

Whoot whoot!

I plan to fill this anthology with every kind of fiery creature you can imagine–not just the ones listed in the subtitle. I definitely want at least one phoenix story, and an ifrit–a salamander would be awesome! Also, some sort of lava monster? Can we get a lava monster? That would be fantastic 😉

There will be an open call for submissions to fill this anthology, but not for a few months. We’re looking at a 2018 publication date, which means there isn’t a huge rush. I don’t know exactly what the timeline looks like just now (I need to sort out the details around the next Magical Menageries title before I can pin this one down) but I will announce it as soon as I know it. I just couldn’t sit on this news anymore and had to share it, even if some of the details are a bit hazy. On the plus side, that gives those of you who write lots of time to sharpen your pencils and brainstorm some ideas.

In the meantime, I’m just gonna leave you with this:

Dragon in the fire

#FireAntho

Sale: Sea and Sky

Tyche Books: Masked Mosaic
I am incredibly pleased to announce that the story I co-wrote with Jo (whose full name is Jonathan) has been sold to the very anthology we originally wrote it for. Sea and Sky will be included in the Masked Mosaic anthology from Tyche Books, edited by Camille Alexa and Claude Lalumière.

If you follow this blog regularly, you may be scratching your head a little bit. Back when I first blogged about this story in an entry I called  …and Then the Magic Happened I said the editors had passed on the piece and I was sending it elsewhere. They did, and I did. But then even more magic happened. They changed their mind.

Oh my God, right? That like, never happens. But it did!

Check out the table of contents here — Jo and I are on it. *Squee*

I am ridiculously excited about this sale, and this book 🙂 It’s scheduled for a February 2013 release, and I can’t wait 🙂