The last week or so has been a bit wonderful. While I was still reeling from receiving an Esoteric Award from the brilliant Carve Magazine, I found my debut collection on the Scott Prize shortlist. Was that really only seven days ago?

Since then:

I’ve discovered that Storm in a Teacup earned itself a runners-up spot in the first ever Salt Short Story Prize. This means it will appear later this year in Salt’s first New Writing anthology alongside the winners and runners-up for not only the Short Story Prize but the Flash Fiction and Poetry Prize also. Looking forward to reading the other stories, flash fictions and poems.

My essay on Chekhov’s The Exclamation Mark is live over on the short story forum, Thresholds.

And yesterday I found out that my family and I be returning to live in the U.K. in the summer. So all in all very exciting times.

As for today, I’m over on the Salt blog talking about how my collection Looking out of Broken Windows came into being and my future plans. You can also read an excerpt of one of the stories in the collection and find links for a few more that can be read online. To listen to me bang on about myself, my writing and the people who inspire me, head over to the Salt blog now.