I started my Substack in order to create a more open, honest, authentic, reflective creative space. Too often in traditional publishing and literary magazines nowadays I feel the quality has suffered in exchange for political ideology, “safe spaces,” and agendas. No writer, in my opinion, should be either published or excluded from publication based on their race, sex, gender identification, views, content, or anything else. Quality is what matters. If your writing is powerful—even if it offends people—it should be published. I have a lot of work published but it’s been getting harder and harder. So here I am. My work is real and raw and NOT politically correct. True readers know that art has always been, and always will be, transgressive.
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I leave you with my favorite Stephen King quote from “On Writing”: “If you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second-to-least of your concerns. The least of all should be polite society and what it expects. If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”
I am a free-thinking writer and developmental book editor. My website:
Editor: Christian Picciolini’s “White American Youth” and “Breaking Hate” (Hachette Book Group, 2018 and 2020)
Editor: Deborah Holt Larkin’s “A Lovely Girl: The Tragedy of Olga Duncan and the Trial of One of California's Most Notorious Killers” (Simon and Schuster, Oct 2022)
Pushcart Prize-nominated writer for my short story “American Freaks”
Writer of short stories, novels, “fictional-memoir.”