Nancy Brashear’s works in progress include poetry, flash fiction, short stories, and full-length novels. See what she’s working on below:
Poetry Works in Progress
I’m working on a “found poem” based on text found in an article from the Huntington Library after the voluminous archives of the late Octavia Butler, award-winning African-American science-fiction writer, were donated to them.
Pandora’s Box … crudely made envelope—two taped sheets of notebook paper—bearing a dire warning: “Owner not responsible for pain and damage to eyesight and mental health suffered while reading contents without permission.” Contents: An empty potato chip bag
Short Stories in Progress
“Living the Fairytale Life”
Eight-year-old Misty goes on an unexpected “adventure” with her mother and discovers that sometimes dreams and reality don’t match. This short story sets readers up to understand Misty’s adult challenges following a fire, disfigurement, and agoraphobia in my upcoming novel, Love on the Fly.
Yes, this vacation would just be her and her mother together. Mama wouldn’t be worried about work or anything else. They would have time to walk on the sand and maybe even put their feet in the water. They would eat chocolates together, and her mother would be happy. Misty’s feet danced above the floorboard as she forced herself to sit still.
“Flashes from the Rock”
Meet Rand, an engineer for a car manufacturing company and avid pilot, who gets fired for his association with Giant Rock (a 1960 hub for aficianados of UFOs). This short story precedes his role as a leading voice in my soon-to-be released novel, Gunnysack Hell.
I got fired for writing, on my own time, for an organization the corporation thought would hurt their image. Didn’t reckon on what would come raining down on me like fire. Five whole years there. Boom! And I’m out on the street!
Flash Fiction Works in Progress
“All Charged Up”
Maura is all worked up over her marriage and her husband’s obsession with batteries.
“It’s always batteries. And now he bought a red Tesla, which is basically just one big battery. I asked him why he needed one, and he couldn’t tell me. A waste of money!” She gulps another sip of wine.
Novels in Progress
Love on the Fly
Misty, a former flight attendant raised to believe that beauty is everything, finds her life changed in a spark. Now an agoraphobic and disfigured mother raising her son, she has to come to terms with what really matters in life.
As she reached the bottom step, she heard a whoosh. In the living room, across from the foyer, the drapes burst into flames.
In this first of a three-book series, Cristina and her husband face reality when he is shot in the head at work, and life, as they know it, flips on its head.
With just enough of an opening to squeeze the car through the electronic gates, Cristina punched the accelerator and forged her way onto the highway, leaving him behind.