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Jeffrey Ricker

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Jeffrey Ricker is the author of the novels Detours and the YA fantasy The Unwanted. His short fiction has been published by Phoebe, The Citron Review, Foglifter and Little Fiction.

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Jeffrey Ricker Oh, really good question, and I think I could answer it either "yes" or "no." I think that's because "letting go" doesn't necessarily mean you stop…moreOh, really good question, and I think I could answer it either "yes" or "no." I think that's because "letting go" doesn't necessarily mean you stop caring (or at least, it doesn't mean that I stop caring). It may just be that I'm not at the right point where I can finish a particular project, whether it's a story or a novel or an essay or, heck, a to-do list.

Case in point: I started writing a short story in the spring of 2014 that I was hoping to workshop in the Lambda Literary Foundation's emerging writers retreat, but it was just giving me fits. I couldn't figure out where it was going or how to get to the ending that I had in mind. The deadline for submitting my work was approaching and I knew I was going to blow it if I kept banging my head against that story, so I put it aside and finished something else that, it turned out, I had much more momentum on.

Later, when I went back to the original story, I realized my initial concept for it was kind of flawed, but that if I let go of that, I still had a story that interested me, so I've been working on it since then (when I haven't been working on other things, at least).

So yeah, I don't know if it's accurate to say that I stop caring—but I think if a story doesn't hold your interest as a writer, you can't expect it to hold a reader's interest, right? In the case of this story (the working title is "The Empty World"), I had to let go of where I thought the story was supposed to go and figure out where the thing that I had created actually did go.

Hopefully this makes sense; thanks for asking this! It really made me think.(less)
Jeffrey Ricker I always seem to be working on several things at once. At the moment I'm outlining the sequel to THE UNWANTED, revising several short stories, and…moreI always seem to be working on several things at once. At the moment I'm outlining the sequel to THE UNWANTED, revising several short stories, and working on two other novels.(less)
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One of the things I like about short stories—or any fiction, really—is imagining the lives of the characters beyond the last page. If the story continued, what would they do next?


When it’s my own story, I can answer that question fairly easily: write more!


And that’s what this bit of flash fiction is. Back in 2012 I wrote a story called “Scorned,” which appeared in an anthology called The Lavend...

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Untreed Reads Hey Jeffrey, just stopping by to let you know that both New Normal and Maternal Instincts are now available for purchase directly from Goodreads. Not only that but both tiles can be previewed, which we hope makes it easier for the folks you meet in the forums to check out your work.


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