Brandon Wicks is a freelance writer and illustrator based in Atlanta,
Georgia. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Pembroke Magazine,
Potomac Review, Sou’wester, and other journals.
Self-conscious lyricism. While a well-turned phrase is great, the beauty of a piece should come from how a character responds (for good and ill) to the cards she’s dealt (or has dealt herself). Similarly, stories that are excessively internalized put me off. A character should get out of her head, breathe in the soot, and interact with the world.
Stories that Brandon Wicks likes:
“The Abridged Biography of an American Sniper,” by Linda Simoni-Wastila
“On Becoming Women,” by Cynthia Larsen
“Buckaroo,” by Ravi Mangla