The stories in this collection are about mythical water creature s- sirens, kelpies, Hawaiian man-sharks, selkies, kraken, shapeshifters, and more – by twenty different authors.
My story is told from the point of view of Scylla, a nymph who was turned into a monster in Greek mythology.
My short story “The Next Dance” appears in Fiction River: Tavern Tales, which was released in January 2017.
I came up with the idea for this story while doing historical research for a novel set in the American West. Saloon and dancehall girls, who ‘respectable’ ladies considered to be one step above prostitutes, were employed to entertain men in the bars and keep them drinking, dancing, and spending money. There were very few ways for women to make a living in that time and place, and I found myself intrigued by what their lives must have been like. And so I wrote about Nelle, a young woman who’s good at keeping the miners in town entertained – even when they can’t dance!
My next story appears in the Crimes, Capers, and Rule Breakers bundle, which launches in July and is curated by my friend Rebecca M. Senese.
Each week, a post about one of the stories from a bundle I’ve curated will be published on Blackbird Publishing’s blog. Interviews with the bundle authors will appear occasionally as well. I’m also writing a series of “how tos for authors” posts.
Bundles that contain stories of mine