Fiction

Online

“Her Solitary Domain.” Five:2:One Magazine. May 2017.

— “Lili’s Song.” Hot Metal Bridge Literary Journal. May 2017.

“A Kentish Summer.” The Vignette Review. April 2017.

— “The Weight of His Bones.” The Nottingham Review. March 2017.

— “The Golden Amulet.” Amazon’s Day One Literary Journal (Kindle). December 2016

— “The God of Wind.” Gravel Magazine. December 2016

— “The Waiting.” Lunch Ticket Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight. August 2016

— “The Symphony of a Future Memory.” York Literary Review. May 2016

— “Time and Opportunity.” Litbreak. March 2016

In Print

“Life Spring.” Windmill: The Hofstra Journal of Literature and Art. May 2017.

— “The Prize.” Litro UK #160: Changes. March 2017.

— “Mango Season.” Eleven Eleven Journal. September 2016

— “Neeru’s New World.” NonBinary Review. September 2016 [Pushcart-nominated]

— “The Plinko Watch.” The Indian Quarterly. July 2016

Some of my guiding principles with fiction-writing — what I always aim for, whether I achieve them or not — are as follows:

1/ John L’Heureux’ caution: “You must get beyond divertissement, sketch, anecdote, the interesting moment. You must get to the mystery of human personality. What is the line of the story that leads us to a point where we see or intuit something we haven’t before?”

2/ Joy Williams’ eight essential attributes of a short story:

1) There should be a clean clear surface with much disturbance below
2) An anagogical level
3) Sentences that can stand strikingly alone
4) An animal within to give its blessing
5) Interior voices which are or become wildly erratically exterior
6) Control throughout is absolutely necessary
7) The story’s effect should transcend the naturalness and accessibility of its situation and language
8) A certain coldness is required in execution. It is not a form that gives itself to consolation but if consolation is offered it should come from an unexpected quarter.
A novel wants to befriend you, a short story almost never.