Excerpt from The Laughter of Strangers featured at Sundog Lit

The fight card’s finished. All 12 rounds and an excerpt from the novel fought and finished. I’d like to think we won every round. My thanks go out to Justin Lawrence Daugherty, the mastermind behind Sundog Lit, for providing the opportunity and, of course, Cameron Pierce for making “The Laughter of Strangers” possible; it wouldn’t have existed without him. Metal horns (\m/) go out to everyone that contributed writing to the campaign: you turned a simple prompt into a G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) level experience. Lastly, to every reader, thank you, thank you, and, once more, thank you: This has been “A Fight Between Friends.” Thanks for tuning in.


Click here for the excerpt.

Them’s Fightin’ Words: “A Fight Between Friends,” a Sundog Lit Campaign

On November 18th, Sundog Lit will begin a 2 week campaign in celebration of “The Laughter of Strangers,” a book to be published on November 24th by Lazy Fascist Press. The campaign is the latest in Sundog Lit’s “Texts Inspired By” series and consists of over a dozen pieces inspired by my book. Talk about flattering and just… WOW. Blushing, happy, and excited for everyone to read the amazing work that people have written based on the “A Fight Between Friends” prompt. Here’s a snippet from my introduction for the campaign:


Via the infinitely awesome support of Justin Daugherty, I was given the opportunity to transform the experience I described above into a unifying prompt of sorts. Turn a “first” into a prompt bobbing and weaving for other “firsts.” The result was nothing short of remarkable. The first time you get into a fight, it almost always readjusts your perception of reality. I asked over a dozen writers to think about a fight, a clash, a physical altercation that affected them in a way that shook free, cleared the cobwebs, or jarred the mind. It was just an idea that I hoped would generate at least a few pieces. I never expected the astounding turnout. It seems we’ve all gone in at least once with fists swinging, leaving with a few bruises, tasting blood, but in the end ending up clear-minded and curious about why we might have fought in the first place. Why do we fight?

There’s nothing quite like a fight, and I just want to say that there’s nothing more amazing that seeing such amazing talent gathering, and writing, in support of a book I wrote. I want to thank Justin for making this possible. Thank you to every single writer that graces this page (a million times, thank you, and drinks on me next time we meet). Thank you to Cameron Pierce who told me me to write about my experience in the ring; quite literally, The Laughter of Strangers would not exist if it weren’t for his guidance and friendship. Perhaps, most of all, I must say thank you to that first punch, the one that felt like cold ice against the left side of my face.

I really needed that punch to the face.

Click here for the full announcement. It begins November 18th. Hope you’ll be reading.