Synkroniciti is thrilled to introduce writer Jamie McArdle. Her story “Grace,” a love story informed by changing social norms on the early American farm, inspired by a census entry, swept us off our feet. Recalling the most admirable traits of the American spirit, Jamie won our Winter Short Story Contest over some well-established short story writers. She creates intriguing characters who win our hearts in a matter of minutes and her writing sparkles. It is quite a feat for an author’s first published work to sing like this one does, speaking to the strength of Jamie’s personal practice. We trust she has more stories to share in the future.
Read this exciting debut in Synkroniciti’s “Ritual” issue, Vol. 4, No. 1, available now. Subscribe or purchase the individual issue here.
Jamie McArdle, native of Wisconsin, resident of Katy, TX, for the past six years, learned early that stories were the real thing; the world perceptible had nothing on the world envisioned. She began writing in childhood, composing songs and what she did not know were essays, moving on to what no one knew would one day be called “fanfic” about her favorite book characters, then original short stories in genres from science fiction to historical fiction to romance – and has never stopped. Only in recent years has she forayed into novels, with the unflagging support of her husband and three grown children. “Grace” is her first published work, but she hopes not her last.