2016 is halfway through. I left my very responsible, very steady job in Medicine to write full time. I know that can sound kind of like a cop-out, but I am seriously having a dream-year. I’ve been traveling, I’ve been writing, and mostly, I’ve been sending queries out to literary agents
But, Katie, you ask, What are your writing projects? I am so terribly interested.
Oh, thank you for asking, I would be so happy to tell you all about them.
First off, if you would like to find my most recent publications (other than this blog):
*”Gregarious” is a short story published in October in Into the Void Issue 2.
*”First and Last Day” is a creative non-fiction piece published in Watershed Review
Now for the as-yet-unpublished endeavors:
*The Square Grand is a historical fiction novel set in turn-of-the-20th-century North Dakota about a little girl and her best friend/nanny who is a member of the Mandan Indian tribe. I’ve queried agents and am waiting for responses. So I queried a few more.
*A Lady’s Glass is the first in a series of feminist regency romances, set against the backdrop of the prototype of the British Museum with LGBTQ elements. I’m querying agents and getting a few good responses as I write this, which is at least encouraging. I’m in the middle of edits for the second in the series, A Lady’s Reprisal, which features the London Stock Exchange and bare-knuckled boxing.
*I’m struggling with a rough draft of another novel, Bitter Kind, which is another historical novel set in the 20th century. Maybe that’s why. I don’t do well with time periods that have cars.
*A short story that I really, really like that is not finding any literary homes due to its monster length (because that has to be why). “An Introduced Species” is a magical realism story set on the Galapagos Islands. I had the privilege to travel to the Galapagos a few years ago, and the scientific study of nature that pervades the experience of these islands (Darwin Headquarters) definitely lends itself to magical realism. Not to mention the fact that it is part of Ecuador, and South America is known for the genre.
I have to do one thing at a time, and curate my time wisely. Lastly, I bring to the table my enthusiasm, a key ingredient to this venture.
Okay, I have a lot of the key ingredient, and everything else is really hard.