It is exciting to envision worlds and persons of your own creation, often in situations or places you’d never find or consider yourself being a part of. You want your readers-whether it is an article or work of fiction-to step into that world and come away from the experience with a feeling of fulfillment and understanding. It is not a matter of following a zeitgeist or being a part of a pendulum swing or bandwagon, but being seen.
Writing has been like a friend to me. Something I can always rely upon that brings comfort, familiarity, and happiness. It can also be like a friend that you just want to strangle sometimes. After all, it is one thing to be a writer, but writing itself can be frustrating and demanding. The rewards though, make it worth it.
Best thing I can say to someone else out there who wants to be a writer? Write already. There’s never time. You have to make time to write. It’s not going to magically appear by itself. Excuses mean nothing but less on your pages, trust me.
FICTION & POETRY
Short Story: “A Clink of Crystal Glasses Heard” SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire (Mocha Memoirs Press; Amazon/ Indiebound) A young woman’s coming of age leads to finding out more than she bargained for.
Short Story: “Roots On Ya” , Winter 2020 (Issue #13) FIYAH Magazine A roots man in rural Virginia has to undo a crossing…and more. (interactive cover art: Steffi Walthall)
Short Story: “Rule of Thirds” Fireside Quarterly: Winter (January 2020); Magazine: (Issue 77, Winter 2020) A scientist’s discovers more than she bargained for in unexplored underwater tunnels.
Novelette: “Peregrination” (co-written with Chesya Burke) Chiral Mad 4 (Written Backwards)Eds.: Michael Bailey and Lucy A. Snyder What makes us special. What we will do to protect the ones we love.
Short Story: “Here, Kitty” Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters ( Amazon)(Mocha Memoirs Press) Ed. by Sumiko Saulson What’s lost should probably not be found.
Short Story: “With These Hands: An Account of Uncommon Labour” , Winter 2018 (Issue #5: “Ahistorical Blackness”) FIYAH Magazine reprint: Apex Magazine, January 2019 (Issue 116) As the symbol of a new country is constructed, all is not what it seems.
Poem: “ Vox“ Apex Magazine, April 2017
Short Story: “A Little Not Music” (Cedar Grove), 2017 Sycorax’s Daughters Eds.: Kinitra Brooks, Linda Addison, and Susana Morris 1930s DC. Thump. Thump. Thump. A little serenade. 2017 Bram Stoker Award® finalist for Superior Achievement in an Anthology
Short Story: “Flight” Dark Dreams III: Whispers in the Night Ed. by Brandon Massey (Kensington/Dafina), 2007 1600s Illinois. A formerly enslaved African is recruited to track down an ancient creature. Short Story: “Breath of Life” Dark Dreams II: Voices from the Other Side Ed. by Brandon Massey (Kensington/Dafina), 2006 1800s Senegambia. A holy man. A djinn. An encounter. Short Story: “Empty Vessel” Dark Dreams: A Collection of Horror & Suspense by Black Writers Ed. by Brandon Massey (Kensington/Dafina), 2004 (45,000 first printing) 1800s Louisiana. An enslaved woman’s difficult choice.
ESSAY: “What was THAT?” StokerCon 2019 Souvenir Anthology, ed. by Linda Addison
“Varnette Honeywood” and “
Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe”, , Henry Louis Gates, Jr. & Evelyn Higginbotham, Eds., Harvard/Oxford U. Press, 2006 African-American National Biography
(Thank you very much!)
Review: “‘ With These Hands’ by LH Moore” by Joanna Weston, SFF Reviews, 2/15/19
“ Best SF/F short fiction, January through June 2018″ by Jason Sanford, 9/23/18
Podcast: “ Microphones of Madness: Sycorax’s Daughters 5” Thanks Steve and Rodney for this great breakdown of the entire anthology! My story’s discussion starts at 14:25
Review: “ Weekly Fiction Rec Roundup 6” by Jeff Xilon, 1/16/18
Review: “ Quick Sips: FIYAH #5 (Ahistorical Blackness)” by Charles Payseur, 1/10/18
Review: “ Sycorax’s Daughters,” Abyss & Apex Magazine, 6/25/17
Review: “ Quick Sips: Apex #95” by Charles Payseur, 4/21/17
Review: “ Voices from the Other Side” by Duskiliterati, 1/29/15
“ 21 More Black Women in Horror Writing” by Sumiko Saulson, 2/18/13
“ #32 Wounded Range, Part 2” by Noah Meernaum, 6/27/10 (Beyond Victoriana: A Multicultural Perspective on Steampunk)
“Blackest Ink” by Monica S. Kuebler, Rue Morgue Magazine, May 2006, Issue 6