A Breviary for the Lost
Calumet Editions, 2022
Conceived as a religious breviary of the monastic hours of prayer, it begins with Matins when I entered the Christian Brothers, a Catholic religious reaching order and proceeds through formation/college/Vietnam, teaching, living on the farm, getting tossed out and something of life and spirituality after right up to the last of the hours of prayer, Compline and the Pandemic.
Point of View and the
Emotional Arc of Stories
Loren Niemi and Nancy Donoval
Parkhurst Brothers Publishers, 2020
The companion to The Book of Plots this one explores "who is telling the story" and why it matters. Also, and quite deliciously, a dozen variations of Little Red Riding Hood serve as examples.
The New Book of Plots
Parkhurst Brothers Publishers, 2012
If Inviting the Wolf In... is the theory, this book is the application, exploring 10 useful plot forms with examples and exercises that can be used to create engaging and artful oral or written narratives.
Inviting the Wolf In:
Thinking About Difficult Stories
Loren Niemi and Elizabeth Ellis
August House Publishers, 2001
This critically acclaimed book explores the value and necessity of crafting the stories that are hard to hear but harder to tell with numerous samples that are both artful and truthful.
What Haunts Us
Moonfire Publishers, 2019
A valentine to persistent shadows and unsettled memory with stories about things that do not go bump in the night but can leave you awake and wondering.
Midwest Book Award Winner
Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Horror / Paranormal fiction