I have a new story, "Turn the Other Cheek," published in The Provo Canyon Review, which can be found here. I first wrote this story about 15 years ago and have worked on it off and on through the years, submitting it to journals, receiving rejections, many very encouraging, but never being able to find a home. Last summer the story bubbled up after working on a scene in my current novel. I revised and edited the story for several weeks, not really sure if the story was clicking. However, last fall I read the story at a coffeehouse and received a really strong response from the audience. I kept working it, again, again, and again, until I felt good about it. The second journal I submitted it to wanted to publish it. Fifteen years of revision, editing, submissions, and rejections until it finally came together. There are magical moments when a first draft is nearly perfect, but those moments are rare indeed. Most times a piece of fiction requires weeks, months, even years to find its balance, its truth.
James Ladd Thomas was born and raised in Alabama, taking residence in Dothan, Prattville, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, and Auburn, earning degrees at the University of Alabama and Auburn University. He has published short stories in several journals, including Berkeley Fiction Review, Hawaii Review, RE:AL, and Southern Exposure. A Pushcart and Best New Voices in America nominee, he has attended Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Southampton writers’ conferences where he studied with Barry Lopez, Thomas Mallon, Richard Bausch, Jill McCorkle, and Melissa Bank. He currently resides and works in Central Florida with his wife, two children, four cats, three raccoons, one possum, lots of bats, and a large animal that is living under his house. Ardor is his first novel.