Ok, it’s just a flash essay, but I’m excited none the less.
Laura Stanfill, a writer whose work I love to read and someone I am proud to count as my friend, published a book about writing. Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life.
It is a book of interviews with amazing writers, using the Seven Questions format from her blog, and essays on the craft of writing. I’m in a book with writers whose books I love. I have been in the audience for their readings and signings. And now I’m in a book with them!
Writers like Yuvi Zalkow, whose novel A Brilliant Novel In The Works was so good I read it in three days. I stayed up late at night and then got up early, just to keep reading. And now I’m in a book with him.
My essay is “Wherever I am” and it’s about learning how to write regardless of my surroundings.
There are other essays about writing and the writing life, mostly by published writers. People with articles, essays, short stories, and novels out in the world. And an essay by one of the funnies people I know, Steve Denniston. His writing is so hilarious I still remember lines I read three and four years ago. Literally, word for word. And I still laugh when I remember them. He’s not published yet, but I enjoy reading his tweets until then.
I can’t wait to see what she does next with Forest Avenue Press.
Brave on the Page is available in paperback at an Espresso Book Machine, with locations around the country and online at ondemandbooks.com. I found an Espresso Book Machine in Raleigh, at the local university, NC State.
It is a feeling that is so exciting it’s hard to describe. A book with something I wrote inside. Holding it in my hands, smelling the fresh ink and hot paper. All I can say is amazing.
If you are already published, how did that first time feel? Have you ever been a part of a collection? I’d love to hear other stories. And, of course, I’d love for you to check out the book. Laura will be having some promotional activities over at her blog, and one of the prizes is a critique by her. That alone is worth much more than the price of the book. I know I’m entering.