So I just saw that my story “Down and Out Together” (originally in Twin Pies Lit) made it into Literary Horoscopes, the feature that Alyssa Jordan does for F(r)iction! I’m honored and super excited! It’s wild getting recognition from a writer and an imprint that inspire you. 😊
It makes me so happy to see this. 😊 These 5 out of 5s are huge, especially for indies, and ESPECIALLY for indie debuts. To anyone who’s reviewed my book or plans on doing so: thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Check out the debut coming-of-age novel that Gauraa Shekhar of Maudlin House says “occupies an important space in the psyche of American fiction,” with prose author Zach MacDonald calls “eye-opening and powerful” and says “showed the mind of a true humanist at work.”
Available here through IndieBound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and more, both paperback and ebook.
Spanning the late 90s to the 2010s, HERE’S WALDO is a sprawling, tragicomic novel that tracks the story of Waldo Collins, a nerdy kid born in a torn-up town in the shadow of Chicago–unincorporated Des Plaines, IL. It’s a story about what it was like to come of age as the new millennium dawned with all its irrevocable changes. A story about the family bonds we’re born with and those we create along the way, and about using humor to find light in the dark. About generational trauma and the continuation (or completion) of cycles of violence. It’s here we follow Waldo from age eight to twenty-four as he figures out his place in the world, leaves his hometown to become a writer, and ultimately comes back to face everything (and everyone) he left behind. Here’s a story of loss, love, grief, guilt, and a search for meaning. Here’s Waldo.
So I’m pretty sure this review just made my month. I can’t describe just how good it feels that someone read my book and felt this way about it. Things like this make all the years and all the struggle worth it. Thank you so much. I love you guys. ❤
I’m so honored and thrilled to be a part of No Contact’s Costume Party today, among such insanely talented writers. I just read through all 15 pieces, and they are wonderful. Huge thanks to Gauraa Shekhar and Elliot Alpern for publishing my words on costumes and writing! Check out the entire mini issue here!
Yesterday, I wrote a poem about the Eraserhead baby. Today, it’s live in The Daily Drunk. To anyone reading this: I’m sorry and you’re welcome.
I have a new story up in Volume One of Twin Pies Literary, and I could not be more excited to share it! Also, I’ll be reading this tomorrow for their first reading celebration! There will be Twin Peaks, pie, and weirdness. Prepare yourselves.
Watch this space!