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Telling a story is like explaining the details of a tree. One singular item catches the eye. It’s not the seed, of course, because the seed was buried and pierced from the inside out with life that became visible in time. It could be a leaf, or more likely several leaves that make noise in the wind. The noisy cluster is held at arm’s length by a branch with its own angles and lines that bend in the wind according to their own distinctions. That branch leads to a trunk with crusted, grooved, or papery bark wrapped around pulpy wood that is green and narrow or ringed and impossibly large. Once you find the trunk, you know you’ve found the story. Even still, the story must be traced back to its roots, without which there is no grounding, and to its seed, without which there is no life.
Above Photo by: Dennis G. Hendricks

Latest Work
“Blind Man’s Bridge” in Open to Interpretation: Intimate Landscape, November 2012
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“Fanny Dubois, Gone Carter” in Open to Interpretation: Water’s Edge, January 2012
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“Divulgence” in Opium Magazine, August 2011
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Novel in Progress
Dr. Simon Bradford, an influential psychiatrist in Middle Tennessee, sees his lifelong practice linked by the intersecting lives of one of his first patients—a derelict in his early 20’s who escapes a treatment center in 1951—and one of his last patients—a young school teacher who is the only survivor of the derelict’s serial attacks.

Early reviews:
“The twins Maisley and Zoya are invested with many traits that ground them in the believable while at the same time, the events and the sisters’ closeness and how it is shattered has the eeriness of a Hitchcock film, and uses the supernatural in the same way that the best of Joyce Carol Oates does. Abbi’s work has the hallmarks of exciting and thought-provoking fiction, providing a narrative that is sensitive and close to thoughtful characters while letting on through other devices that a harrowing evil lurks in this world. The settings are strong and distinctive, and the violent and dramatic scenes of the denouement are riveting.” —Benjamin Obler, novelist and writing instructor at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, MN