Cola Colored Bubbles

Posted by in From My Head (Fiction)

I was asked once which elements of fiction I thought were the most important in my work. I thought the answer was easy: character and theme. The goal of my work is always to comfort and disturb. You need a strong character to create a connection with a reader, and you need a strong theme to leave them with something, (questions, answers) once the story is over. She said: “I’ve read your work. I think you’re unaware of the emphasis on place, setting, in your writing.” My favorite writers use place, and so I’m tickled that someone else saw setting in my work. I don’t consider “setting” an element of fiction – although it is, I know – because to me, the setting, the place, is entrenched in character. It is almost a character of it’s own, so important is the setting to the story, what it causes, enables, or forbids.

I’m really excited to tell you that Four Ties Lit Review has published my story:

“Cola Colored Bubbles” – follow the link to read it.

More than anything else I’ve ever written, this story is about a place. A place very close to my heart. I hope you like it, and as always, I’d love to hear from you.