My magic-realist short story collection Virgins and Tricksters was published in 2012 by Aqueous Books. When Aqueous shut its doors, I self-published a new edition, available as a paperback and on Kindle.
The first story in the book, “The Associated Virgins,” earned a Special Mention in the 2013 Pushcart Prize volume, which thrills and amazes me. That story was rejected by 42 journals, over a span of two years, before it was accepted by Witness. So take heart, writers! A rejection doesn’t necessarily mean the story isn’t “good”; it could just mean the subject matter / style / mood / length etc. wasn’t right for that editor at that time.
The book received very kind endorsements from two writers whose work I greatly admired: Marge Piercy and Katherine Vaz. I can’t begin to say how grateful I am to them.
The book was included in Tor Books’ list of works by Latino/a writers of speculative fiction.
Reviews of Virgins and Tricksters:
- “Research Note” (essay about my research process), Necessary Fiction
- “It Started with Pirates” (interview), Fringe
- “The Trickster Answers So Many Questions” (interview), Fiction Writers Review