Bones Buried in the Dirt

This novel in short story form was published by River Otter Press on January 1, 2013. It is currently available at, Tattered Cover, and Melancholy Poet Books. Here is the Goodreads page.

The individual pieces together tell an overall story in the voice of a young boy named Peter.  Ranging from Peter at age four to Peter at age twelve, the stories focus on the sort of moments in childhood that get buried in the mind but never fully get absorbed, the moments that constantly come to mind later in life and shape what sort of individual people become. Unlike most coming of age tales, the stories never bring Peter forward into adulthood.  Rather, though the stories are often reflective, the distance of the reflection is short.  Thus, instead of a story about how an adult became who they are, the result is a story of the child Peter becoming- a sort of sonar picture of the individual Peter will become.  The collection is therefore forward looking instead of backward, like the difference between viewing a sunrise compared to a sunset.

Finalist in the First Novel (Under 80,000 words) category of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Please reach me through my contact page if you would like to obtain a review copy for a journal review, book blog review, or such (of if you are an independent reviewer who would like to place a review of Bones Buried in the Dirt in a journal, book review blog, or such).


Check out me talking about The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes, Bones Buried in the Dirt, and more on episode 56 of Shootin' it with Jayme K.

I talked about Bones Buried in the Dirt March 11, 2014 on The Unknown Show with Bud Smith.

Susan Tepper interviews me about Bones Buried in the Dirt as part of the UNCOV/rd series over at Flash Fiction Chronicles.

Ben Tanzer interviews me for Episode 70 of "This Podcast Will Change Your Life."


Maddie Huerter's review of Bones Buried in the Dirt in The Creightonian.

Jacob Budenz's review of Bones Buried in the Dirt in the Summer 2013 issue of jmww.

Ben Tanzer's contemplation of Bones Buried in the Dirt over at This Blog Will Change Your Life.

Manda-Rae's review of Bones Buried in the Dirt over over at manda-rae reads a lot.

Tiffany Drew's review of Bones Buried in the Dirt over at Book Cover Justice.

Leah Mosher's review of Bones Buried in the Dirt over at Books Speak Volumes.

Valentina Cano's review of Bones Buried in the Dirt at Carabosse's Library.

Michael J. Seidlinger's review of Bones Buried in the Dirt at InDigest.

Hollie Skerry's review of Bones Buried in the Dirt at Music, Books and Tea.

Chris Blocker's review of Bones Buried in the Dirt at Literary Snob.

Juli Rahel's review of Bones Buried in the Dirt over at A Universe in Words.

Kimberly Campbell Moore's review of Bones Buried in the Dirt over at The Lit Pub.

Karen Dahood's review of "Bones Buried in the Dirt" over at BookPleasures.

Check out the advance praise for Bones Buried in the Dirt.

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Here is a clip of me reading one of the stories, "Burden of a Little Brother," at the Summer Issue reading for The Lincoln Underground Literary Magazine at the Crescent Moon coffee shop in Lincoln on August 27, 2012.

Here is a clip of me reading another of the stories, “The Virgin Mary Tree,” at a Grey Sparrow event at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis back in 2011.

Video of the book tour.

Previously published stories included this collection:

- "The War" published in the Winter 2012 issue of The Writing Disorder. Also published in The Writing Disorder presents The Best Fiction and Nonfiction of 2012.

- "Burden of a Little Brother" published in the Summer Issue of The Lincoln Underground.

- "But Nothing Was Better," published in the July 2011 issue of Cannoli Pie.

- "Boys Chase Girls," published in issue #3 of Split Quarterly.

- "Stranger," published in issue #2 of C4: The Chamber Four Lit Mag.

- "Training," published in the Volume 228, January 2012 issue of Children, Churches and Daddies. Subsequently included in the collection book Cultural Touchstone.

- "The Virgin Mary Tree," published (live 5/20/2011) in the spring 2011 online edition of Grey Sparrow, also published in the Fall 2011, issue 8, print edition.

- "The Pipe" published in the Summer 2007 issue of Fine Lines.

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