That would be beyond happy. My first story has been accepted for publication and I’m pretty excited. It’s a short horror piece about a married couple. The protagonist, Jenn, is peeved that her husband is a dedicated writer who spends every waking moment churning out stories that are rejected again and again. Their marriage is falling apart, thanks to Jenn’s impatience and Tom’s virtual absence from the relationship. Things begin to go terribly wrong when Jenn comes down with a debilitating illness. As her sickness progresses, Tom’s popularity as a writer takes off. Then she discovers something horrible, unbelievable, and shocking in Tom’s writing. The problem is, she doesn’t know the half of it.
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: weirdly autobiographical, right? Chuckle, chuckle. No, of course not. I thought up the basic premise late at night about three years ago while Jer and I were traveling around Texas to visit his family for the holidays. Originally, the story was much different. But as all writing tends to do, it took on a life of its own once I started channeling it from head to page. Poor Jenn, I had no idea things were going to turn out as badly as they do for her.
Ghostlight Magazine is the publisher and “The Price of Success” will come out in their fall issue, around November.
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