Short Story Challenge 2017 Submission

For the third year in a row, I participated in the 2017 NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge.  I still haven’t had as much luck as I had my first year, but once again, this challenge proved to be worth the effort, the risk, and the brain-squeezing.

(Please try to contain your super duper impressed and overwhelmed emotions at my insane Twitter following…)

Suspense was a new genre for me.  It’s not horror.  It’s not mystery.  It’s something completely unique.  A good suspense story keeps the reader on the edge of his or her seat.  The tension is palpable.  The reader must genuinely be invested in whether or not the hero or the villain will prevail.

With that in mind, I hope you enjoy my 2017 submission:

Athame and the Sapling