How to Invite Strangers

2700 words 

How to Invite Strangers was a piece that was published in the Cardigan Press anthology, Byline Legacies, in 2021. The anthology’s theme was all about writers, writing, and the creative process. I chose to reflect on many of the characters from my own novels, as the MC struggled to not only create new characters, but also with trying to remember why/how they’d come up with all of their previous ones. It’s also told in a 2nd-person POV (much like in my novel, This Never Happened), in order to put the reader in a writer’s creative shoes.