No, you’re not imagining things. That is my name on the cover of a book, even though I said more than once that it would never happen.
The really surprising thing is that I’m still not having an anxiety attack about it. Weird…
I could explain the most likely reason why I’m okay with my name listed as co-author on this story in particular (and, now that I think about it, maybe the reason I’m procrastinating on The Grumpy, Grouchy Old Man’s Guide to Grammar is that I can’t make my brother take credit for that one; everybody knows I’m the grammar ninja in the family), but that would probably be a bit of a plot spoiler or something.
There’s a very minor detail in “Solitude” that’s autobiographical (mine, not my brother’s). And the setting for the latter half of the story was repurposed — with major changes — from a story I wrote when I was seventeen. That one got published, too. (Three stories in a single issue of a magazine. Too bad I didn’t know yet about Harrison Denmark and Galaxy magazine, or I’d have come up with a pen name to use on two of those stories. *sigh*) As Paul says elsewhere, a much shorter version of this short story was the seed for Project Brimstone. You don’t need to read “Solitude” to understand what’s happening in Project Brimstone, but why not read it anyway, since we’ll be offering it as a freebie? The short story will be offered early to people who sign up for Paul’s author newsletter, and for everyone else it will be available on Smashwords starting on May 1.