I can’t read Jim Heynen’s work without smiling. I love watching The Boys grow up in his stories. They are charming, funny, brave, and mischievous despite the hardships that come with Midwest farm life. Although that life is difficult sometimes, I don’t think they would have it any other way. Jim captures something long lost and profoundly needed: an appreciation for the everyday, for the little things, for the sunsets and the storms. I hope you enjoy his work as much as I do.
I first read Conor’s fiction in a creative writing workshop and instantly admired the beautiful language and hints of magical realism. Conor’s stories of Arabella are captivating; the character development is rich, brimming with honesty, fear, and courage. We are pulled into Arabella’s world, watching as she navigates questions of love, loss, and permanence. And still, I can’t help but feel like something magical is about to happen when I read Conor’s work. That at any moment Saha the parakeet will be reborn and return to Arabella when she needs him most.