The Prescribed Burn won Honorable Mention (Mainstream Fiction category) in the 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards! View the complete list of winners here. Read about the competition and the grand-prize winner in the March/April 2014 issue.

Will my heart also reek when it shatters and releases everything that has been rotting there?

Overcome by the noise in her head, aspiring young artist Veda can’t loosen her grip from anything beyond her control. A hesitant and sometimes misguided journey to develop her talent for visual art eventually opens Veda’s passage to self-acceptance and maturity.

In these 15 stories, you’ll meet Veda at both her best and sometimes most unlikable worst: making a home for a pet bird that plucks its feathers, undressing before her classmates just moments after the fall of the World Trade Center, and imagining nuclear disasters while driving on the Garden State Parkway.

Readers will also find bonus material that includes:

• 15 color photographs
• 16th crowdsourced story
• Book club discussion questions
• Creative writing exercises
• Veda’s Guide to a Creative Life

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