My first published story comes out tomorrow and I’m amazed that I can actually now say that I’m a published author. It’s been quite the journey over the past 9 years since I decided that I wanted to be a speculative fiction writer. As with many things in my life I found that it’s not necessarily about what you know it’s about who you know and I’m happy to say that I know a small press publisher.
Bob Brown has been very encouraging ever since I told him that I was writing a YA Science Fantasy book. He has enthusiastically told me to submit stories for each of the books he has published. Somehow my story, “Temple Tantrum,” was accepted and I’m still over the moon about it.
Alternative Theologies is the third in the Alternative series (all published by B Cubed Press) and the lineup of writers and contributors that my story is included with is nothing short of amazing. I feel very much in awe of the awesome storytellers that my tale about what it might be like if Jesus returned to modern times gets to be included along side.
I’m not used to this whole being published thing. I finished the first draft of Harbingers a few years ago and have been working on revision ever since. It’s been a slow process but I’ve kept at it and just recently submitted to short stories and a novella version of Harbingers to publishers. They were, as I expected, all soundly rejected. Being rejected is part of publishing though so I took it in stride and kept on writing and revising.
I’ve dabbled in short stories, mainly with a few of my Harbingers characters, but I’ve tried my hand at writing and submitting a few for B Cubed’s Anthologies and “Temple Tantrum” was somehow accepted. I still can’t quite believe I’m setting up author pages on Amazon and Goodreads. I’m even working on setting up a signing at the local bookstore Adventures Underground.
I would also like to give a special shout out to Derrick and Brie Seiner for reading and providing excellent feedback on everything I write. Most importantly, I definitely could not keep writing without the love of support of my amazing wife Ellie Allen Cook. One of the most amazing things she has ever done for me was to look me straight in the eye, shake her head yes and say “Yeah, of course,” when I asked her if she could believe it that I had actually sold a story and would be published author. I can’t wait to keep on writing and getting better at story telling.
Please go check out Alternative Theologies and give it a read. I will be at Worldcon, my first writing convention, August 16th through August 20th. Bob Brown and B Cubed Press will have a table at the convention, I will gladly sign your book if you have a copy and enjoy my story enough to want a signature.