Free Gidney Fiction, and my life as a Hybrid author.

I have dipped my toes in the waters of self publishing and started my life as a hybrid author. The idea is to drum up interest in the forthcoming traditionally published collection (Skin Deep Magic, Summer 2014) as well as my slim “backlist.”

It’s kind of addictive, seeing sales charts and having control over promotions and marketing. But I also like having the perks of traditional publishing.

Anyway, my inaugural piece in this exciting new gambit is available for free until the end of this week (March 14, 2014). If you enjoy it, please write a review.

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Review of ‘Fur & Gold’

My dark fairytale retelling, Fur & Gold, gets a lovely review:

Gidney presents a prequel of Beauty and the Beast, mining from the queer notes of Jean Cocteau’s work as a whole, and the fantastical breaking of boundaries. The Beast here is a more sinuous creature, both savage and beautiful, warring between animal instinct and fleeting grasps of humanity. There is a new sense of the curse from man to beast being an unknowing and tantalizing transgression, rather than a stock moral lesson. This is the start of a series of new fairy tales, so come back for more.

I am currently writing the second in this short series; the series is called Variations.