They’ve Arrived!

Author Copies of John Van Rys's novel Moonshine Promises
Author copies of Moonshine Promises!

There’s nothing quite like holding onto a new book, but it’s an amazing feeling to have a print copy of Moonshine Promises in my own hands after several years of writing and rewriting these stories. So excited to page through my author copies! You can get your own copy too! Check out this page for links to buy Evan and Mae’s adventures.

Moonshine Promises Available to Purchase!

Illustration of a raccoon stealing eggs by Rosalinda Perez

Exciting news of the day, Moonshine Promises is now available to purchase online at my publisher Wipf and Stock’s website! Use this link to see the page and buy the book.

Moonshine Promises will be available on and and in e-book formats in the coming weeks, stay tuned here to those updated links. (There’s even rumors of an author-read audiobook version on the horizon…)

Moonshine Promises is Published!

It’s official! My debut published collection of stories, Moonshine Promises, is coming out soon. (Officially published on July 21, 2021!) Recently, I got the cover image from the publisher. Rosalinda Perez’s playful illustration reflects the tone of the stories very well!

Moonshine Promises Front Cover with Illustration by Rosalinda Perez
Cover Illustration by Rosalinda Perez!

Short Story “Nether Lands” Published!

My short story “Nether Lands” is being published in the June 2021 issue of Blank Spaces on pages 47-51. You can purchase the digital publication on the Blank Spaces webpage.

Blank Space June 2020 Cover shown on an Apple iPad screen
Blank Spaces June 2021 Cover (Photo by David Thorne, featuring artist Erica Helder in her studio)

Short Story “Eggsistential Crisis” Published!

My new short story “Eggsistential Crisis” is being published in Agnes and True! You can read the story online on the Agnes and True website!

Agnes and True Illustration from their Website
Agnes and True Website Illustration

“Under the Honey Moon” Longlisted!

My short story “Under the Honey Moon” has been longlisted for the 2020 Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award from The New Quarterly! See all the stories listed on the Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award webpage.

EDIT: “Under the Honey Moon” is the opening story of my first published collection of short stories, Moonshine Promises.

The New Quarterly Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award Image
Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award from The New Quarterly

Poem “Egg Shells” Published!

My poem “Egg Shells” will be published in the Spring 2020 issue of Dappled Things, issue 15.2 on pages 39-40. Learn more about the journal on or order a print copy on the Dapple Things webpage.

Dappled Things Volume 15 Cover
Dappled Things Volume 15 Cover

“In the Hills and Valleys of Perche” Published!

My second short story has been accepted for publication! Read “In the Hills and Valleys of Perche” in The Dalhousie Review autumn 2019 issue (99.3) on pages 343-351. Learn more on the The Dalhousie Review issue 99.3 webpage.

The Dalhousie Review Autumn 2019 Cover
The Dalhousie Review 99.3 Cover

“Skin” & “Circumstantial Pomp” Poetry

The New Quarterly Fall 2018 issue, number 148, will feature two poems written in honour of colleague Deborah Bowen’s retirement on pages 94-96. See the poems published by accessing The New Quarterly 148 web page.

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