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Comments Rebecca Hirsch Garcia
"A Golden Light"
2014 O. Henry Award-winning Author

Let's put it this way: when I first began to accept that this was real, and not a really clever and cruel practical joke, I started laughing, literally laughing, with happiness. Then I screamed. Then I laughed some more (I'm laughing as I write this). I can't remember a time when I didn't know what the O. Henry awards were. I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be among the winners, when I wasn't reading and re-reading the anthologies themselves.

To have something that I've wanted come true, and so suddenly, is surreal.

(author photo © Tanya M. Garcia)

Author's Desk

Right now I'm working on a collection of short stories about the horrors of the mundane, to which "A Golden Light" is thematically linked.

About the Author

Whenever I think of writing the image that comes to mind is an excavator holding a brush, delicately sweeping all the excess dust and debris out of the way. I'm always surprised at how unlike the story I was imagining the stories I write are. When I edit I'm always hoping to rid myself of all the indulgent excess flourishes I put in, searching for the story's true form.

About the Author

Rebecca Hirsch Garcia was born in Ottawa, Ontario, where she currently resides. Her work has been published in Ottawa Arts Review and Threepenny Review.

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