Last day of the Summer Shorts ’14 celebration, featuring Xe Sands offering Virtue of the Month by Kathleen Founds, as well as a joint interview with Troy Palmer, founder of Little Fiction and The Oddiophile.
Virtue of the Month, by Kathleen Founds
“Other boyfriends left when I emphasized a point by throwing a bowl of salad out the window, or slapped them in the face for crunching too loudly on Saltines. But my meds are better-adjusted now. And Ben is more accepting, or less observant, than any other man I’ve loved.”
A poignant exploration of grief, suicide, and choices. Originally published in The Sun Magazine, and included in the forthcoming in When Mystical Creatures Attack! from University of Iowa Press. Copyright 2014, Kathleen Founds. Recorded with permission.
Kathleen Founds has worked at a nursing home, a phone bank, a South Texas middle school, and a Midwestern technical college specializing in truck driving certificates. She got her undergraduate degree at Stanford and her MFA at Syracuse. She teaches at Cabrillo Collegein Watsonville, California, and writes while her toddler is napping. Her stories have been published in The Sun, Epiphany, Booth Journal, The MacGuffin, and Stanford Alumni Magazine. When Mystical Creatures Attack!, her novel-in-stories, will be published by The University of Iowa Press in the fall. Kathleen Founds can be found at kathleenfounds.com/
Xe Sands is an award-winning narrator known for her authentic characterizations and intimate delivery. She has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, including recordings of Euphoria, by Lily King, Wonderland, by Stacey D’Erasmo, The Art Forger, by B.A. Shapiro, and Survival Lessons, by Alice Hoffman. Sands has also been recognized for her engaging romance narrations, and was named Most Impressive Narrator Discovery for titles such as Catch of the Day, by Kristan Higgins, and On Thin Ice, by Anne Stuart.
Troy Palmer is the Editor and Creative Director of Little Fiction. When he’s not reading submissions, designing covers or getting stories ready for publication, he can be found writing, walking too fast or thinking there’s more he needs to be doing. He currently lives and rarely sleeps in Toronto.
Little Fiction was launched in October 2011 by Troy Palmer, and publishes stories on the first Wednesday of every month (#WriterWednesday, yo). All Little Fiction titles are released as short story singles and designed to be read on most eReaders, tablets and smartphones. And they’re all free. Same goes for Big Truths, our non-fiction side of things.
The Oddiophile: The listener! The fanatic! The… er, woman who occasionally reviews audiobooks? Hi, I’m Kelli Nichols and I blog as the The Oddiophile over at www.theoddiophile.com. I’ll listen to just about any audiobook but focus on Speculative Fiction, Romance, and Mystery with a lot of YA within those genres. I’ve been reviewing on the blog since August of 2011 and I invite you to stop by and chat. I can also be found on Twitter @Oddiophile