William Auten's first novel, Pepper's Ghost, is available from Black Rose Writing. He has recently drafted his second novel. His work has appeared in Blast Furnace, Cahoodaloodaling, District Lit, Drunken Boat, failbetter, Hawaii Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Nimrod, Notre Dame Review, Origins, Rum Punch Press, Canada's Saturday Night Reader, Sycamore Review, Terrain, and other publications. Work was read at the bicentennial celebration for North American Review in 2015. He is also an accomplished painter and musician and a member of the Gym Jones community. Having lived in Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Virginia, he now calls California home with his wife.
Through February 18, Pepper’s Ghost is available for pre-order only from Black Rose Writing. Use promo code PREORDER2016 for a 10% discount.
Red Earth Review will publish "Out There in the Sunlight" in the July 2016 issue. The story revolves around family tension, loyalty, and California agriculture. The opening sentence takes its cue from a Larry Levis poem: "Ramon Vasquez wanted to kill his own father."
Good news: Sequestrum will publish "Confluence" in an upcoming issue. A brother tries reconciling his relationship with his sister after she returns from deployment in Iraq. And two publications are now available for your reading pleasure.
"Good Morning Good Morning" at SunStruck blends the Beatles, CrossFit, and a well-known rapper from the 90s. "Drop Off," a lyrical micro-fiction at The Sand River Review, explores the tension between hopes and fears with a Tom Petty song and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as backdrops.
My short story "Estuary" is now available at Distric Lit. With the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, a father struggles to keep his family intact, reconcile shame, and accept the truth his daughter has hidden.
My short story "Estuary" has been accepted for publication in Distric Lit.
I am thrilled to announce that my first novel is forthcoming from Black Rose Writing in early 2016. Pepper’s Ghost tells the story of a female antihero finding her place in the world by becoming a sideshow performer. Thank you to everyone involved.
Let’s keep this uptick upticking: very grateful to announce that SunStruck Magazine will publish my short story "Good Morning Good Morning" in the December 2015 issue. Many thanks to the staff.
Very grateful to announce that The Sandy River Review will publish "Drop Off," my short fiction in their Fall 2015 issue.
My short story, "A Sweet Taste under the Skin," is now live at Rum Punch Press. The action takes place in the Chopped kitchen and Disneyland. Thank you to everyone invovled.