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April 2003 - Mojo: Conjure Stories

At long last, my first professional fiction sale will be appearing in your local bookstore in April 2003. Fate, a short story, was bought by Nalo Hopkinson for her latest anthology of Afro-Caribbean-themed fiction, Mojo: Conjure Stories, published as a trade paperback by Warner Books.

Mojo cover imageAs you might imagine, I'm pleased as punch. I do think it's ironic that my first pro sale is a horror story, which I almost never write and don't generally read either.

The anthology has a great line-up of contributors, including, besides myself, Barth Anderson, Steve Barnes, Tobias Buckell, Alyx Dellamonica, Marcia Douglas, Tananarive Due, Andy Duncan, Eliot Fintushel, Greg Frost, Neil Gaiman, Barbara Hambly, Gerard Houarner, Devorah Major, Nnedima Okorafor, Kiini Ibura Salaam, Nisi Shawl, Jarla Tangh, and Sheree R. Thomas. On the one hand, I'm thrilled to have work alongside the likes of Neil Gaiman and Barbara Hambly, two of my favorite writers. On the other, I'm incredibly nervous about how my story will compare to theirs. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

If you would like a signed copy of Mojo: Conjure Stories, please contact me. I'm making a bulk order and will make sure to set aside a copy for you. I'll even ship it to you. I will likely set up a PayPal order form here in the near future. If you don't care in the slightest about my signature, please go to your local genre bookstore, such as Pandemonium Books in Cambridge, MA, and pick up a copy. And if you have absolutely no access to a local bookstore, you can pre-order a copy from Amazon.

NEW: Mojo got a great review by Gregory Feeley of the Washington Post. Of my story, Feeley writes, "Jenise Aminoff's 'Fate' vividly dramatizes a mother's love for a son she knows will not live long, and the small recourse her unbearable grief affords her, which itself comes at a price. Concise (it's only 10 pages long) and intensely moving, the story -- the author's first professional sale -- is perhaps the volume's best." Woo hoo! Read the entire article.

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