I’ve been blessed to be friends with Terrie Farley Moran for a number of years now and have always been touched by her kindness and steadfast support she has shown to me and my family. And I’m a big admirer of her work--I read whatever she’s done that I can get my hands on. In her writing, you won't find cheap thrills or unnecessary violence; instead, you'll find solid character development within a rich, powerful storyline slowly building to an emotional crescendo that'll stick with you long past the conclusion.
Terrie reached out to me after my nephew’s death and
a back and forth discussion brought up the words "the laconic dust"--something Kyle had written in his dream journal--which she said could possibly be in reference to Emily Dickinson (who tops a Google search of those words). I mentioned to Terrie that Kyle had a collection of Dickinson poems on
his bookshelf, and then asked if she’d be interested in spinning a story for The
Lizard’s Ardent Uniform based on that prompt. She readily accepted, and I was
floored when she sent along “Dust to Dust.” It’s one of the finest short
stories I’ve ever had the privilege to publish. Please take a few minutes and
read Terrie's story here.
And, thank you, Terrie. I owe you much more than a simple
gratitude but know it is heartfelt and deeply appreciated.