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The next book I will talk about in my Origin Stories series is the collection WELCOME TO THE GRAVEYARD.

I have always been a lover of the short form. Short stories are in fact my greatest passion as a writer. When my husband Craig and I attended the South Carolina Book Festival one year, we attended a discussion panel on short fiction, and it really renewed my determination to have multiple short story collections on the market. I hadn't had one in a while so I decided I needed to do something about that.

I approached Evil Jester Press because they had published two of my novels (THE QUARRY and THE SUMMER OF WINTERS) and I had a great working relationship with my editor Pete Giglio. I wrote him an email about how much I believed in the short form, and I wanted very much to do a collection with EJP. He admitted they were a harder sell but encouraged me to submit a manuscript.

I put together what I felt was a strong and eclectic collection and sent it in. At first I was calling the collection TALES FROM THE MIDNIGHT SHIFT VOL. II as a throwback to my first collection, but that didn't feel right. However, I closed the collection with a long tale called "Welcome to the Graveyard" and that just felt very right.

I was thrilled when Pete told me they would publish it. It took a little over a year as Pete was preparing to leave Evil Jester to focus on his own writing. In fact, WELCOME TO THE GRAVEYARD was the last book he edited for the company.

The collection was released in the fall of 2014 with a gorgeous cover that Pete did himself. I was so ecstatic to have it out there, and I remain very proud of it. It is one of my more overlooked books, but I hope that people still discover it and enjoy it and will maybe consider leaving me some feedback.

WELCOME TO THE GRAVEYARD can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Graveyard-Mark-Allan-Gunnells-ebook/dp/B00O32MOBE/ref=la_B005C18L7Q_1_22?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1500412430&sr=1-22&refinements=p_82%3AB005C18L7Q