I recently published a short story. You can find it on Amazon, combined with other short stories by various writers into a beautiful anthology.
I’m not sure how the idea for the story came to me. I just remember sitting in the lounge of my sister’s Manhattan townhouse, typing away.
I suppose it was initially inspired by an article my dad told me about as he drove me to the train station the night before.
The article reported a mother who drove her van full of kids into the Atlantic ocean. So I took the perspective of a life guard and fictionalized the story. Then I saturated it with the question of how valuable is a human life? I’ve never written a story with such determination. It was almost as if the story was telling itself, coaxing my fingers to type it out.
How did I get it published? I follow a blogger named Ethan Renoe. What drew me to his work was an article on singleness he wrote in Relevant Magazine. I guess I was surprised to see a man writing on singleness. What? I thought singleness was a topic only women wrote about, me included.
So I became a regular reader of Ethan’s blog and one day he asked people to contribute to his anthology.
I scrolled through my google docs and came across this piece I wrote in college for a fiction writing class. The story is full of suspense and emotion. Ethan asked me to change the narrator to a female because, as he put it, “It was very emotional in a way that most guys don’t think.” Makes sense.
The book is now on a blog tour and will appear across various blogs in the bloggersphere — yeah that’s not a word.
See more on this book tour from Geoffery Wolfe’s blog.