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About Kay McSpadden
I have been teaching almost 40 years at high poverty schools in the rural South, and I still love going to work every day--usually!
"Notes from a Classroom" is a collection of essays about my students. "A Child's Book of Virtues" is a multicultural collection of stories and myths for intermediate readers.
I also write literary fiction when I'm not grading papers and writing a regular op-ed for The Charlotte Observer. "Why Women Moan In Bed" won the Norman Mailer Fiction Prize in 2012. Other short stories have been featured in regional journals, such as Luck, The Charlotte Writers Anthology, Main Street Rag, and We Are Not This.
For sci-fi and fantasy fans, "Orphans in the Black: A Space Opera" features 19 terrific writers (and my story "The Alien" is part of this e-book collection).
For fantasy fans, "Once Upon a Quest" is a terrific retelling of 15 fairy tales. Check out my story "Cat White" based on the French fairy tale "The White Cat."
For readers looking for a sci-fi fantasy mash-up, check our "Once Upon a Star." My story, "Candy House," is a sci-fi retelling of "Hansel and Gretel."
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Ebony - by Andrea Judy
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The Butcher's Witch - by Stuart Jaffe
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Buttons - by Gail Z. Martin
A Dear, Lovely Thing - by Natania Barron
Scorpio Rising - by C.R.R. Lavene
The Color of Love - by Tamsin Silver
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Threshold Sanctuary - by Erin Penn
God Don't Like Ugly - by Tonia Brown
My Name - by Calandra Usher
The Soldier Who Swung at the End of a Thread - by M. David Blake
Inverted Perception - by Faith Naff
Missing Muse - by Melissa McArthur
Bog - by Trevor Curtis
Lovebite - by Jason Gilbert
The Dark Lady - by Lucy Blue
Rallying for Regular Lives - by Joanne Spataro
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