2018 Wrap-Up and What I Wrote

2018 was a wild and crazy ride, full of ups and downs in my writing and personal life. As a result, I don’t have as many short story publications as I did in 2017.

Still, I’m doing an awards eligibility post (for the Hugo,  the Nebula, the Stoker, et al.) and a year end wrap-up because some amazing things did happen.

Like, I got a book deal! *Screams*

My debut novel, TYING THE DEVIL’S SHOESTRINGS, is a middle-grade Southern Gothic historical fantasy about twins learning rootwork, protecting themselves from monsters, and finding their place in the world. And it’s full of Gullah-Geechee tradition and folklore. Set in pre-Civil rights era South Carolina, the inspiration for the novel is stories from my grandmother, my great aunts, and my mother. My writing is so influenced by the place I’m from that I’m going to start referring to this subgenre that I write in as Gullah Gothic.

They want a second middle-grade book as well, which I’m well on my way to completing.

But this is also a 2018 short story award eligibility post, so on to the short stories I had published this year!

  • Every Good-Bye Ain’t Gone (Strange Horizons): My first story with this spectacular magazine! A Southern Gothic w/ love, loss, & food as séance. “…the only time her mother ever cooked was when a person had passed on and someone needed to speak with the dead.”

 

For Southern Girls 3

 

  • One If by Sea (Augur Magazine): One If by Sea (pubbed by Augur Magazine) – Fantasy flash. How far would you go to get your child from the land of the dead? A mother gets instructions. “You want your little girl back or not? I’ma tell you how to do it.” {You’ll have to purchase a copy of the issue to read the entire story, but you can read an excerpt at the above link.}

One if By Sea Collage

 

If you haven’t already, give these stories a read and if any of them move you, please consider nominating them!

 

 

5 thoughts on “2018 Wrap-Up and What I Wrote

  1. Reblogged this on adaratrosclair and commented:
    I’m so proud of Eden Royce and honored to know her. Her stellar writing leaves you breathless and craving for more. Her debut novel, TYING THE DEVIL’S SHOESTRINGS is on its way into the world! Please read her blog post to learn about more ways to support her fantastic work! #MotivationMonday

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  4. Christopher Brown

    I just read Graverobbing Negress in the Dark Fantasy 2018 anthology. I loved it! Sometimes I go on anthology kicks to get quick story fixes. In my view an author who can transform you into another world and make you fully invest in a protagonist in a handful of pages is a true master. You did so. Great story! I look forward to reading more of your work. As an aside I’m a big fan of Charleston (only as an occasional tourist, regrettably) and you showed me a whole different look never contemplated. Again, great story!

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