I have a new book release, Rules Concerning Earthlight and Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction. This story collection is a tribute to my dear friend, K.C. Ball, who passed away in 2018.
I first met K.C. at the forum for an online writing school back in September 2009, when she was an editor guest there. I made my first story sale the next month to her magazine “10Flash Quarterly,” “Dead Wife Waiting.”
I went on to sell her more stories. After she closed the magazine down in 2011, we began co-writing stories together. This collection has all three, including the title story, “Rules Concerning Earthlight,” the Pushcart Prize nominee space opera novelette “Running Tangent,” and the fantasy-western novella, “Silver City.”
“Silver City” is appearing for the first time in this collection, which has a total of ten stories.
She influence my own writing, both as an editor, as a fellow writer offering constructive feedback, and as a co-writer. She always wanted to make the reader feel something. Her readings at conventions invariably moved the audience. If she wanted to make you laugh, you’d laugh, if she wanted to make you cry, you’d cry.
K.C. is proof that those we love live on in us.