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Hello and welcome! I am an aspiring writer and mother of three living in colorful Colorado. When not driving kids around or writing, my other passion is singing lead in Deja Vu quartet and an award-winning 150 member ladies barbershop chorus called Skyline. 


I have recently completed a novel called "Wet Birds Don't Fly at Night" that I am hoping to find a home for, you can read an excerpt of it on the site.


I have had short stories featured in:  Bewildering Stories, Cafe Aphra, Clumsy Quips, Corner Bar Magazine, Dark Fire Fiction, Edify Fiction, Every Day Fiction, Fictive Dream, 50-Word Stories, Flash Fiction Magazine, Friday Fiction, Frontier Tales, Literally Stories, New Realm, No Extra Words, Peacock Journal, Pilcrow&Dagger, Scarlet Leaf Review, Quail Bell Magazine, Scrutiny Journal, Spank the Carp, Speculative 66, Storyteller Magazine, The Flash Fiction Press and Under the Bed with upcoming stories in: Ghostlight, The Magazine of Terror, Halycon Days and Subtle Fiction. 


I have also published non-fiction work in Denver Pieces, bioStories and done online copywriting and scriptwriting for my performing groups.


I am always up for comments, critique, and discussion. Please feel free to email me at aeherting@gmail.com, @AmyHerting on Twitter or https://www.facebook.com/AElizabethHerting 










                                             




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Thanks to all who voted for "Sourdough's Cabin," it was chosen as the "Reader's Choice" in November and will be featured in a collection of stories from"Frontier Tales!"

The conditions on Santa Fe Mountain can turn on a dime, turning every step by CJ and Ol' Sourdough into an epic battle for survival. Two kindred souls from different worlds are brought together by extraordinary circumstances, joined together in their fight against the elements and their shared love for the mountain. Who will win this age-old battle: man or mountain? Check out "Sourdough's Cabin" in Frontier Tales to find out:



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"Aftermath" is featured in the September 24th issue of "Every Day Fiction," a place for cool bite-sized stories like the one about Miranda, Frank and a harrowing day right before Christmas: 


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"Literally Stories" accepted my story "Totality," which was inspired by the recent solar eclipse. It is no small feat to get into LS and I am very excited and grateful!


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 "Pilcrow & Dagger" has accepted a fourth story for publication in their July 2017 edition. This one tells the tale about the mysterious and ominous Highbinder. Do they walk among us? Could you spot one if you tried? Scott Travis believes he is the only one who can ruin their plans of enslaving the human race. Will he be successful? 




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A brand new magazine called "Edify Fiction" published "The Note" in their May 2017 issue. "The Note" was inspired by my daughter and a special note she received from an admirer while in middle school. "Edify Fiction" offers positive and uplifting stories and I look forward to being a part of it! 


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"Table for One" is a modern-day story of tragic romance, best read the glow of your favorite smartphone or device. It was in the April 21, 2017 edition of "The Flash Fiction Press":


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"The Park" was featured in "Quail Bell Magazine" in their March 15, 2017 edition.This story deals with the tantalizing possibility that maybe the old adage of  "you only live once" may not be true after all.


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I am thrilled to share the very first podcast of one of my stories: "All Locked In" featured in the latest edition of "Pilcrow & Dagger" Magazine. They have done a fantastic job bringing this story to life just like an old-time radio show, complete with music, sound effects, the works! My family and I gathered around the old laptop to listen to it for the first time on my birthday, it was a real honor and the best birthday gift ever!




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Hot off of the presses is "The Earworm" featured in the latest edition of "Dark Fire Fiction." In this story, I wrote about a very bad character that receives his just rewards. Black Jack is truly reprehensible in every way and uses very colorful words and phrases. This is the only story of mine to date that requires a "PG rating" for language and how things turn out for old Black Jack. Those that know me will see a touch of my father Bob in this story and a tribute to his beloved USMC! 


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The issue of "Under the Bed" is now out and available for sale! 

"Momma Said" is the fifth story in the magazine and tells the story of two lost souls that find each other in a historic Colorado hotel. The hotel is loosely based on the "St. Cloud" in Canon City. Years ago we stayed there (when it was still open) and I could have sworn that I heard the pitter-patter of running feet and laughter in the hallway at the crack of dawn even though we were supposedly the only ones on the entire floor. 

"Under the Bed" is available for download on the link at "Fiction Magazines" below and is also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble for $3.99. I encourage everyone to pick up a copy--there are some really cool, creepy stories in there, you won't be sorry (except when the lights go out, that is!)


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"Bed Bath and Way Beyond" was a story I originally wrote for my daughter Joan. There is a strip mall right down the street from us that has one very unique feature: right behind the Chic-Fil-A is a tiny pioneer cemetery. When the mall was created, there was a stipulation from the original owners that the cemetery remains untouched so there it sits, surrounded by the modern world. It is a throwback to an earlier time in a sea of asphalt and we have always been very charmed by it. 

I was thrilled when "Dark Fire Fiction" accepted this story for publication. It was my first fiction story and is very near and dear to my heart. I was getting extremely disheartened at the first rounds of rejections when I got the word they would publish it. It gave me a fresh start and was just what I needed to keep going as a writer. My eternal gratitude to "Dark Fire Fiction," It is a wonderfully creepy horror magazine, but be warned. You may need to sleep with the light on after reading the stories in here!


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Did you ever wonder what in the world your pets are staring at when they suddenly look up in unison, weaving and bobbing their heads, looking intensely at something you cannot see? 

This story gives one possible answer to that question. That and a long-standing joke between my husband Chuck and me about a "hole in the backyard" makes up the premise of "Furry Children." It was great fun to write!

"Furry Children" was featured in author Mike Madden's gritty and fun "Friday Fiction" the week of Thanksgiving. If you are looking for compelling and bold stories, this is the perfect site to go to!








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"Suspicious Minds" was based on a recent uncomfortable trip to the dentist. There really was a tropical picture affixed to the drop down ceiling and after awhile, I was convinced that the clouds were moving. This deranged little story was the result of that experience. I have to say that my dentist was much nicer than the one in this story, if way less colorful! Featured in the December 8, 2017 edition of "Literally Stories," I hope this will be one trip to the dentist that you will want to take!


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 "The Scarlet Leaf Review" features "Girl at Mirror" in their November 15 edition. This story was based on stories my mother told me about summers with her family in Waupaca, Wisconsin. We went there with her the summer before she died. It was a wonderful trip, going to all the places she loved as she shared her fondest childhood memories. This story is a tribute to my mother and very near and dear to my heart. 


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"Family Bible" was inspired by a trip we took to Deadwood for a softball tournament in June of 2017. There was a tear-stained bible in a case we found in a lovely old Victorian mansion museum tour. The story was tragic and with artistic license, is very similar to the story told in "Family Bible." The wonderful "Edify Fiction"  feature the story in their October 2017 edition:


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"The Resurrectionist," tells the tale of a man in a very precarious and creepy line of work. I am happy to say this story was also my very first reprint. You can find this haunting tale this October in the "Weird Reader 2017 Edition:  Weird Reader 2017

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"Cone of Shame" was a story I wrote after watching a full-sized poodle drive by my crosswalk looking miserable in the infamous cone. It is a strange little story and I was so excited when the eclectic and fun "Corner Bar Magazine" accepted in for their latest edition! I hope you will enjoy the story of Buddy and his plight in "Cone of Shame"


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This one"Furry Children" has been accepted as a reprint in "Dark Fire Magazine."  It gives a possible answer to what are our pets really up to when they stare suddenly and intensely at absolutely nothing!


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"Acceptance" is in the wonderfully chilling "Dark Fire Magazine" and tells a dark story about how a writer might deal with rejection, a subject I understand all too well! Don't worry, it is not autobiographical....or is it? 


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The third time really is a charm when the publication in question is the wonderful "Pilcrow&Dagger Magazine." It is such an honor to have my third story published in P&D. "Cooking, With Dogs" is very dear to me and one of the first stories I wrote as a tribute to my son Charlie and Lightning, his beloved Golden Retriever. It tells the story of a long and wonderful life, seasoned along the way with the unconditional love of man's best friend. Check out the story in this sneak peek edition: Cooking, With Dogs

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My story "Chrysalis" is featured in Volume 1, Issue 1 of the relaunched "Storyteller" Magazine. It was a huge honor to be chosen as one of four stories to be immortalized in their very first issue. My story tells of a bond of an estranged father and daughter with the timeless prose of William Shakespeare woven throughout. Please consider picking up a copy through Amazon, it is $1.99 and there are some unforgettable stories in here! 


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This story is based on my grandparents, Ed and Viola who met and fell in love in 1920's Chicago. My grandmother really did live above a funeral parlor (her father's business) and her job was to close the caskets each night. She would always talk about "testing" all of her beaux with her nightly chore! My grandparents were married for over 40 years and even in the final year of Ed's life, they would still dance together, in perfect synchronicity, move for move, without touching. "I'll Get By" was featured in the awesome "Flash Fiction Magazine" on March 11, 2017


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This story was written in tribute to a good friend and coworker of mine who inspired me with her brave battle against an awful disease. I envisioned her as Joan of Arc, lance raised high, emerging victorious on her own personal battlefield. It appeared on the site "Cafe Aphra" in their February edition.


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Very excited to have "Sourdough's Cabin" in the wonderful fantasy magazine "New Realm." This story has a lot of truth to go along with the fantasy. My family does own 80-acres on Santa Fe Mountain (out near Idaho Springs) and we did find remnants of an old log cabin there, where I imagined Sourdough to be. My son Charlie provided the inspiration for CJ and Cassie the dog was our first, beloved Golden. Set with the majestic Rockies as the background, this story features two men from different times, joined together to battle an epic, supernatural storm.

It is available through Fiction, Magazines, Amazon and Barnes & Noble for $3.99


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I am very excited to be included in a special Christmas Eve edition of "Peacock Journal" with "The Intruder." I wrote this story with a very special little boy in mind! Hope it puts everyone into the holiday spirit.


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"The Boys of Little Round Top" was chosen to be featured in the eclectic and fascinating site "Bewildering Stories." 

My father Bob was a military history buff and knew everything there was to know about certain battles in history. One day way back in 1993, he dragged my roommate and me out to a movie, by way of a local Mormon Church parking lot. My roommate had grown up in a Mormon household and my dad kept joking that he was going to drop her off at the church right down the street. (My father always had a very unique and strange sense of humor!)

After circling the parking lot a couple of times, he drove us all to a movie theater where I saw "Gettysburg" for the first time. I loved it so much, that I ran out and picked up a copy of Michael Shaara's "Killer Angels" and read it while watching the movie on an old VHS tape, checking the dialogue in the book to the movie (it matched almost word for word!) 

I hope to make it out to the battle site one day, in the meantime I tried to imagine what it would be like to be there on the fateful day of Little Round Top.



                                                           

In 2008 while visiting my father's grave at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, I came across a headstone of a child that read "Sleep Baby, Sleep." It was the grave of a little girl named Marjorie who had died in the 1890s, the heartbreak of her parents apparent on the headstone. I decided to try to research Marjorie, not expecting to find anything, when I discovered that her father was a fairly well known General. He and his wife were stationed at Ft. Logan back when it was a prairie outpost in the wilds of Colorado and he rose to prominence, but not before burying his precious Marjorie and a baby boy simply marked "Infant" right next to her. 

"Sleep Baby, Sleep" was the first story I ever wrote as a tribute to my Dad and Major General Graves. It was originally featured in "Denver Pieces" magazine and in 2012, appeared in "bioStories."  





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The delightfully named "Spank the Carp" magazine published "Weekly Meeting" in their December 1, 2017, edition. It is a fun little story that imagines all the days of the week at a very entertaining company meeting.


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"He Died" is on the podcast at "No Extra Words" from November 10, 2017. The best part? This story was first featured in "Literally Stories" and was about my father. November 10 is the USMC birthday, which was his favorite day out of the entire year--it couldn't be a better fit! 


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I would like to introduce you to the refined and mysterious Mr. Dee who decides that he needs a real, definite change in his life. "An Appointment with Mr. Dee" appears in "Scrutiny Journal" in October of 2017. Intrigued? Mr. Dee is only a click away...


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A picture of my daughter Elizabeth, on a boat holding a butterfly in her hand, was the inspiration for my story "Butterfly Girl." The wonderfully named "Clumsy Quips" picked it up in their October 4, 2017, edition. I hope you will hear the call of the lake with this nostalgic musing:


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One of my favorite publications "Pilcrow & Dagger" published "The Resurrectionist" in their latest edition. It is an uneasy tale of graves, desperation, and comeuppance!


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I am very proud to say that after nine previous story rejections, "Literally Stories" accepted my story "He Died" for their June 16, 2017 edition. This story is about my father and I am so happy to finally be a part of this wonderful publication. Never, ever give up! 



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The April 2017 issue of Pilcrow&Dagger in all about dirty little secrets and I have a good one for you! "Do Us Part" is set in the charming mountain town of Grand Lake, CO and features romance, a picturesque mountain wedding and a tuxedo-clad body floating in a lake. Want to read more? Pick up this entertaining magazine at:


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"The Sentinel" was inspired by my daily recess duty. The elementary school where I worked had a huge, wide open field where the kids would play and the story evolved from there! It was published in the lyrical "Fictive Dream" magazine in their March 2017 edition.


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"The Crossing Guard" is part of the January 25 edition of "50-Word Stories." Although I am a Crossing Guard, this very short story is definitely not autobiographical (at least I hope it will never be!)


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"Caught" and "Deja Vu" are both featured in "Speculative 66." It is a really cool site that features power-packed fiction in exactly 66 words--no more, no less! 



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A new very short story called "Choice" was published in "50-Word Stories" on December 9. It was really a fun challenge getting everything in just 50 words! This is a cool site with lots of great flash fiction:


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"The Cat" is a very personal story for me. I lost my mother to a sudden and devastating illness in 2013. My father passed away in 2005 and being an only child, it fell to me to clean out and sell my childhood home. 

During the process of getting it all done, a funny little cat kept coming around, meowing at the door and peeking through the windows. I fed him on the front porch and after awhile, he simply went away and we never saw him again. I always wondered if he was some sort of sign from my mother, she had three cats and loved all things feline.

In this story, I combined our own real life molly-gowser cat Indy with that mysterious kitty. "The Cat" appeared in the beautiful "Peacock Journal" for their special Halloween edition.