People always laugh when any story begins with, “so I was Googling myself,” but that is the honest truth about how this story begins. I was looking for my website, the one you’re reading now. And because I hate shortcuts and prefer to take as long as possible to do anything there is to do, I typed my name in the browser search. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have found Alicia DeBrincat. And if I hadn’t accidentally found someone else with my last name and decided to click on her website just to see what was what, I wouldn’t have found her amazing portfolio of art.
I wouldn’t have written her and found out she lived a long while in San Francisco, as I did. I wouldn’t have come this close to meeting her when I went to Brooklyn for my book launch, which is where she lives now. And I wouldn’t have asked if she would contribute a cool piece of art for my next book, Troglodyte, which won the 2012 Fiction Prize from Elixir Press and will be published in January 2014.
But I did. And here’s the cover.