QUARRY LIGHT release
I am very happy to announce that QUARRY LIGHT is now officially out. Pre-orders will be receiving their copies this week, and there will be more fun and hype to come.
Mike sent our donation to The Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention Monday—thank you so much for all your support! I am really honored that The Shafer Center agreed to be associated with this book. To quote Mike Young's post - " Stay tuned to hear more about QUARRY LIGHT (including interviews, reviews, and other features) as we roll it out this month.
And if you haven't snagged a copy yet, it's $14 at the Magic Helicopter website!"
Audio up at TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog
I read one of my shorter pieces in the collection, "Babyfat" for TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog audio series:
pre-orders for QUARRY LIGHT
We have extended pre-orders for QUARRY LIGHT until the end of October. If you order now, you buy the book at three dollars off the cover price, and three dollars of your purchase will be donated to The Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The Shafer Center is doing important work and I hope we can raise some money for them.
Hard Copy Proof!
Hard copy proof of Quarry Light :)
My short interview with Shawn Rubenfeld is online now at Smokelong Quarterly
And here is his flash fiction, Rain Delay
Lost In Thought
My flash fiction "Visitation" - an eerie piece taken from a longer story in my short story collection - appears in the very beautiful Lost In Thought Issue 5
a gorgeous magazine filled with art, photography, short stories and poetry.
Donation to The Shafer Center For Crisis Intervention
$3 dollars of every pre-order sale of my new book, Quarry Light, will be donated to The Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention, a non-profit organization for crisis intervention dedicated to serving victims of sexual assault and co-victims of homicide and suicide. The center is located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I believe The Shafer Center is doing important work and I hope you'll consider pre-ordering the book or donating to them directly. The center is still recovering from a fire that occurred December 2012 and a tornado in February 2013. They serve countless in an eleven county region through crisis intervention, counseling, support groups, advocacy, and education. You can read what my editor Mike Young wrote about it here:
"Before I fell in love with Mary Miller, I fell in love with Claudia Smith. Claudia was the first writer I identified with on the Internet. Her stories felt not unfamiliar to my own, (not just the ones I wrote, but the ones I grew up inside): stories of single mothers and lonely daughters, alcoholic women just trying to scrape by, teenage girls wanting nothing more than to be thought of as “normal,” men neither of them really knew. Claudia has the unique ability to put you right back in childhood, right back in the summer you were thirteen and terrified of everything, especially yourself. I read Claudia Smith's stories to better understand my own. I read Claudia Smith's stories to remember where I came from. I read Claudia Smith because she is like the sister I never had but always wanted; someone with whom to share these stories; someone who understands." — Elizabeth Ellen, author of Fast Machine and Before You She Was A Pit Bull
I loved FAST MACHINE. It is a sprawling, wonderful book filled with very long and very short stories. When I finished it, I came away with the sense that I had read a whole life inside and out. She is fearless. It means a lot to me that she feels this kinship with my work.