Fiction

Technically speaking, I started writing my first novel in eighth grade. I didn't have much of a plan; I just wrote. I abandoned the story at 10,000 words, but I kept on writing other things. I worked on a number of short stories throughout high school and college, and later got into writing novels.

Most of my writing is magical realism, and themes of history, philosophy, linguistics and spirituality are often wrapped up in the plots. Here you can check out a few of my novels, and below are links to some of my short stories.

 

The Eternal Parade (2015) tells the story of Evan, a recent art school graduate who, out for a walk one day, gets dive-bombed by a red-winged blackbird. Soon after, a mysterious band of 18th-century Japanese nomads appears at the door of nearby church looking for a place to rest. Evan is attracted to these travelers, and he becomes friends with one of them—whose name is, incidentally, also Evan. As the two get to know each other, they learn that they have much more in common than just their name.

 

In Koan (2014), María Teresa has been arranged to marry Guillermo, the son of a wealthy businessman. That wouldn't be so bad if she didn't already have feelings for Álvaro, one of her oldest friends. When she's struggling most, María Teresa turns to the Church in hopes of a miracle. Things take a turn for the worse when she turns up pregnant, pointing her finger at the parish priest.

 

Worse Than Getting Caught (2010) is the story of a mysterious book, a series of frightening crimes and the romance of an unlikely couple. An account of the highs and lows of a developing friendship and a portrayal of a young man's turbulent first semester in college. Told in first-person by several of the story's characters, Worse Than Getting Caught is a tapestry of competing ideas and motivations.

 

 

Short Stories

  • The River God – "Our town used to have a river god. Most towns did. And like most river gods, ours is dead now." Published in Alexandria Quarterly, August 2017.
  • Luisa – A lovelorn man goes on a melancholic trip for work. Published in Literally Stories, April 18, 2017.
  • Inventions – A young boy attempts to outdo his cooky Uncle Sigismund, an infamous failed inventor, but things don't quite go according to plan.
  • Zepp's Diner – A lonely diner owner meditates on his life and the curiosities of his city, Saint-Michael. Published in Marquette Literary Review, issue 3, 2011. [PDF]