Writing and Other Afflictions

"If it was easy, everyone would do it." –Jimmy Dugan, "A League of Their Own"

About “Erzulie Dantor”

Today my first professional SF sale was published in Apex Magazine (they publish great stuff and you should definitely subscribe). The story is “Erzulie Dantor” and it started as a response to a call for submissions to a lesbian werewolf anthology. I was looking for a new take on werewolves, and found scattered references to werewolves in Haitian lore called “je-rouges” (from “yeux rouges”: red eyes). They apparently want to steal children, though whether for eating or for making more je-rouges, I couldn’t determine from anywhere. This clicked with me because my sister-in-law had recently gone to Haiti to help provide medical services after the earthquake, and had sent back some heart-rending pictures. I thought that it was in times of disaster that legends grow strong, and this story took shape from that.

I brought it to Clarion, though not to workshop officially. A few of us had trunk stories we wanted to pass around, and Brooke, Erin, and Jake provided some really helpful guidance on what the story was missing. When I got back from Clarion, I didn’t want to use any of the stories I’d written there for submission because they all needed a lot of work, but “Erzulie Dantor” seemed ready with the application of the critiques I’d gotten. And so, it turns out, it was.
If you’re here because of that story, welcome! I don’t post a lot so I won’t spam your feed if you’d like to follow me. I have a page on this site that lists my stories., and will be adding this one to that list soon! I would like to get a few of them online for reading free and will be working on that over the next few months.

Anyway, thanks! If you have a comment on the story, please add it over on the Apex site!

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One response to “About “Erzulie Dantor”

  1. sunscald November 21, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Love this “making of the story” backstory, and your theory of disaster. So many congrats, you! :-)

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