Can You Write a Successful Short Story Using a Formula?

Mary Robinette Kowal claims you can write short stories using a formula. I watched her classroom lecture on Brandon Sanderson's YouTube channel and decided to give it a try. Did it work? Actually, yes! I wrote a flash fiction piece called "Cordelia's Curse," and Dark Recesses Press published it in their e-zine. You can read … Continue reading Can You Write a Successful Short Story Using a Formula?

It’s Release Day for “The Hay Bale”!

It's release day for my new novelette, “The Hay Bale"! A little background: In 2020 my daughter suffered a miscarriage. She got pregnant again, but that pregnancy also ended with a miscarriage. The second one was particularly difficult to manage emotionally. And I’m talking my emotions. What was she going though? Both she and her … Continue reading It’s Release Day for “The Hay Bale”!

Cover Reveal “The Hay Bale” by Priscilla Bettis

Coming January, 2022. Contemporary Southern Gothic meets weird horror in this new novelette from Priscilla Bettis. Professor Claire Davenport yearns to be a mother. After suffering four miscarriages, the university microbiologist tries and fails to qualify as an adoptive mother. Then Claire’s husband leaves. Alone and emotionally wounded, Claire takes a summer sabbatical from her … Continue reading Cover Reveal “The Hay Bale” by Priscilla Bettis

Short Story Accepted!

Yay, my contemporary short story, “Lucretia’s Hum,” was accepted into Rayne Hall’s upcoming Gothic anthology! Woohoo! Hall is a talented short story author, particularly quiet horror and Gothic horror, and I’m stoked that she liked “Lucretia’s Hum.” Stoked isn’t very Gothic. Let's see . . . I’m chuffed to be accepted into Hall’s anthology.:-) Lucretia … Continue reading Short Story Accepted!