Karen Russell is one of the premiere magical realist authors out right now. I first became aware of her writing through St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, her weird, wonderful short story collection. Her debut novel Swamplandia! is currently setting the world on fire. I love her work, and she had this to say about mine:
"Elwin Cotman is one of the most original new voices you will encounter--he is a synthesizer of the domestic and the fantastic, of soaring myth and the grittiest realities, of lewd dialect and high lyricism. His stories are profound engagements with suffering of every stripe--they will also make you hoot with laughter. I was amazed by the force of Mr. Cotman's pinwheeling imagination."
Wow. Such an honor. Getting feedback from authors such as Ms. Russell is hands-down one of the coolest things about my writing adventure.