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I am very excited to announce that "Postcards From Waupaca" has been released and is now available on Amazon! I should have signed copies by the end of March and will also be bringing copies of both "Postcards From Waupaca" and "Whistling Past the Veil" to the Region 8 Competition in South Dakota (in the Sales Area) April 2-5, 2020.
Those who know me will recognize the characters in these stories, many of them based on actual family tales. Waupaca, Wisconsin was where my mother spent summers with her family when she was a girl. The summer before she passed away, we brought her to Waupaca and she regaled us with happy childhood memories, pointing out all the places she remembered so vividly from years before. The stories cover a wide range (and of course, since it's me, there are still a few supernatural/stranger tales included!) but each one is unique. A postcard from my heart, to yours.
To Marilyn Kitchel: "This book is dedicated to Aunt Marny and a very special pair of sisters, sitting by a lake, long ago, on a soft summer’s evening. My heart lives there with you…"
The story "Battlefield" was inspired by my good friend (and workout buddy!) Shannon Becker and her courageous battle against breast cancer. It is also dedicated to all my warrior friends who are fighting and winning their own battles every day.
To Chuck Herting, as always, my best friend and forever love.
The stories in Postcards From Waupaca are eclectic, ranging from heartwarming and nostalgic to thought-provoking and speculative. They could easily be enjoyed by a beach on a lazy summer’s day, during the holiday season to capture the Christmas spirit or sitting by a roaring fire on that infamous “dark and stormy night.” Waupaca is more than just a place, it’s a feeling. A destination that lives in the deepest corners of your heart. Come and heed the call of the lake with these memorable and enchanting tales.
Please consider adding "Postcards" to your summer reading list, as a holiday gift or anytime you need a brief respite at the lake! Waupaca will always be there...
This story was inspired by a glimpse through my rearview mirror on a scorching summer's day a few months ago. I was driving Elizabeth to softball and this very unique vehicle with an equally unique driver pulled in right behind me. He captured my imagination and as usual, things took off in a strange, dark direction. Hat tip here to Monarch Pass and Gunnison, Colorado, my old stomping grounds and the perfect setting for this tale. Published in the incomparable "Literally Stories," here is "An Eternity of Descent"
This story was inspired by an intriguing old sepia photo I found online and Chuck Herting choosing the name "Zain." (After a wrestler, of course!) It tells the story of a misfit trying to make his way through the world while navigating a very strange romance. Surrounded by the past, Zain P. Alexander must choose his future, ultimately a choice between life and death. Published on the awesome "Fiction on the Web" site, I hope you will enjoy "A Divine Spark"
Hot off the presses! My story "Prairie Street" has been published in the awesomely named "Potato Soup Journal!" Prairie Street was inspired by a true love story set in Chicago and Evergreen, Colorado during the nineteenth century. The ranch (names have been changed!) is still there in Evergreen, a beautiful testament to the past and how one chance encounter can make all the difference...
In 2008 while visiting my father's grave at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, I came across a headstone of a child that read "Sleep Baby, Sleep." It was the grave of a little girl named Marjorie who had died in the 1890s, the heartbreak of her parents apparent on the headstone. I decided to try to research Marjorie, not expecting to find anything, when I discovered that her father was a fairly well known General. He and his wife were stationed at Ft. Logan back when it was a prairie outpost in the wilds of Colorado and he rose to prominence, but not before burying his precious Marjorie and a baby boy simply marked "Infant" right next to her.
"Sleep Baby, Sleep" was the first story I ever wrote as a tribute to my Dad and Major General Graves. It was originally featured in "Denver Pieces" magazine and in 2012, appeared in "bioStories."
Published in one of my all-time favorite publications "Literally Stories," "Corpse Flower" was sadly inspired by the true story of an old friend and a legendary flower that only blooms for a day after years of lying dormant. The merging of these two thoughts make up this strange little tale.
This one tells the story of a family that reunites at the funeral of their father, a man of few words who tries to bring his wayward children together even from beyond the grave. A timeless tale of family dysfunction, heartbreak, love, and redemption. Originally published in the "Adelaide Literary Magazine," I hope you will enjoy "A Quiet Man."
With dignity and forbearance, the Queen must soldier on and lead her people through horrific calamity. Will she be able to overcome and help guide them through it? "Long Live the Queen" is featured in "Terror House Magazine"
With the joy of gathering with family over Thanksgiving each year, there can also be a touch of horror... Or in the case of "Family Gathering," more than just a touch! Read about the Thanksgiving from hell in "Family Gathering" published in the 47 issue of Sirens Call. My story is on page 128!
This poem was written in honor of my beautiful daughter Joan Claire's 19th birthday. My eternal thanks to the wonderful "Terror House Magazine" for publishing this very special poem!