New WIP: Submission for LT3’s Anthology

Now that my first round of edits for From Blood to Roses are off to my publisher, I’m jumping into a short story for Less Than Three Press’s A Fool for You anthology. This will mark two firsts for me as a professional writer: 1) writing a short story instead of multi-chapter work and 2) my first attempt at a paranormal/shapeshifter/genderfluid main character.

It’s due by March 31st, which isn’t much time, but after banging out the major changes to FBTR in about as time I’m feeling confident I can hit the deadline. I’m already over 1000 words in and done with the introductory section, and also have a solid outline for the rest of the story.

Since I always start with a synopsis, I’m excited to share it with you!

When handyman Adam Sutter answers an ad on Craigslist for repair work at a local bakery, he has no idea what he’s in for. Despite the storefront’s dilapidated condition and isolated location, a steady stream of customers come through hoping to find what they’re looking for from Jin, the mysterious owner. The more time Adam spends on the job, the more he finds himself attracted to his new client – who to Adam’s surprise appears as a completely different person every day. Can an average guy like Adam find love with an otherworldly creature who deals in baked goods and… wishes?

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New WIP Summary – “Lifted Spirits”

When Kishore Cheruvalath finds himself burned out from trying to climb the cutthroat ladder of the pharmaceutical industry, he cuts ties and tries for a new start in an unknown city. The dilapidated house he plans to renovate is a decent enough gamble, and even comes with a welcoming and attractive next door neighbor, Daniel Voigt.

But quickly unsettling events occur in Kishore’s new home; without explanation, items relocate through the house, things go bump in the night, and shadowy figures lurk in the corners. Soon Kishore is unable to shake the feeling that his house might be haunted. Can Kishore and Daniel figure things out before it overshadows their burgeoning romance, or might the ghosts of the past be able to ultimately stand in their way?