I remember when my first son was born and everyone was oohing and aahing about how beautiful he was and I thought they were all nuts. He had this red, wrinkled face, scratches across his nose, and made mewling sounds as he squirmed around in his blanket. I couldn't see anything beautiful about him, except he was mine and I loved him. He eventually grew out of that wrinkly little face and became quite beautiful as children go.
My new collection reminds me of that long ago day. And I wonder how other people will feel about "Cold Rifts" because not everyone likes the same type of story. While all the stories are crime stories, there's also some humor and paranormal mixed in. I know that I'm a better flash writer than a long story writer, but I tried to bring that same quality I use in flash to the longer pieces. Hopefully I succeeded. Time and reviews will tell. I dread reading the first reviews. I'm biting my nails in anticipation, wondering if readers will hate my "baby" or think okay, this ain't too bad.
Whatever happens, I'm still happy with this collection, not because it's perfect, but because I believe it contains some of the best work I've ever done. It's been a long road getting here and I'm thrilled that Snubnose Press decided to publish "Cold Rifts".
And if you haven't picked up a copy for your e-reader yet, it's free for a couple of days so get yourself a copy and let me know what you think. Just no tomato throwing, please. :)
Just discovered it's in the UK also.