Summer of the Cicadas (Red Hen Press Quill Prose Award Winner)

“Many authors are good at writing about the body. Few authors excel at writing the body of the world, the way it moves through everyone: cicadas owning us, making us restless, flirtatious, fearful even; shadows hiding our shadows; the defeating pines; the teasing sun. Chelsea Catherine creates a natural world as real as her characters. But it’s not about her deft ability at description or setting; it’s about her deep understanding of how everything moves as one—people, moods, moments, manifestations—and the modern Romance (with a capital R) of it all.”—Erica Dawson, author of When Rap Spoke Straight to God

Blindsided (Clay Reynolds Novella Contest Winner)

Final judge Clay Reynolds, Professor of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas, said of the story:

What puts it on top of the stack ultimately, is that it is so well-crafted, that the characters are so well-wrought and well-rounded; the setting is three-dimensional and vivid, and the surrounding ambience of the whole thing suggests a holistic writing experience that brings the characters off the page, rounds them out, and forces us to care about them, even though they are so severely flawed that they seem at times to be too real, too pitiful, too self-absorbed to be tolerable. Yet somehow, they transcend those flaws with their own sense of humanity, their emotional depth, and their sense of struggle against nearly overwhelming forces. A sensual piece, it brings to the fore the contrast between lust and love, strength and dominance, vulnerability and weakness.”