I have a longer, more complicated essay about my life as an accidental editor that I’m working on, but for our purposes here you just need to know that for the last seven years I’ve been known more as an editor than a writer. This hasn’t been all bad–it gave me a nice platform to work with while promoting my first two novels and the money was nice to have as we tried to rebuild from some financial messes brought on by job losses, but it got so successful that my writing got lost in all of it. One of the reasons Trigger Switch was delayed for so long and still hasn’t been published was because I was so busy with editing work that I couldn’t get to a draft that both myself and my publisher were happy with.
But I determined to change that this year. I had the fortune of getting three of my best book ideas ever within the last couple of years and all three are ready to go, so there was never going to be a better time to pivot back to my identity as a writer. In many ways it feels like I’m starting all over again, and that’s a bit demoralizing, but it also feels like a fresh start to do things differently and do things bigger than I did with Murder Boy and Riot Load.
Since I didn’t have a book out, the first part of this identity reclamation was to get new fiction out into the world. So thanks to J.T. Ellison, Dan and Kate Malmon, and Holly West for inviting me to contribute to anthologies they were editing. It was exciting to get back into short fiction after almost a decade away and allowed me to remind people I still wrote fiction. Then this past month, three other folks gave me space at their sites to talk about who I am as a writer these days and what I’m working on. Art Taylor invited me to write a First Two Pages essay about my short story “Mercenary,” Clea Simon invited me to participate in her Five Questions series, and finally, Kristopher Zgorski worked me into his famous (infamous) Composite Sketch series.
Hopefully the book I’m working on right now turns into something grand and publishable and in a couple of years I’m back to writing obnoxious posts reminding you to buy my books, but for now, this should keep me in your minds and your bookshelves.