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Heather Truett is an MFA candidate at the University of Memphis and serves as the Development Director for The Pinch. She is #actuallyautistic and passionate

about bringing more neurodivergent voices to the publishing table. Her debut novel, KISS AND REPEAT, was released in 2021.

Heather was born in Eastern Kentucky, sharing a hometown with Loretta Lynn, and she grew up in South Carolina. She moved from there to Alabama and now resides in Mississippi with her husband and teenage sons. She works as a copywriter and as a Graduate Assistant Director at the Center for Writing and Communications at the University of Memphis.

 
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KISS AND REPEAT

Stephen Luckie isn't so lucky in love. He's completely inexperienced when it comes to girls, and wonders if his tics - caused by Tourette's Syndrome – are the reason.

Then a game at a party reveals that his body goes still while kissing. Using the scientific method drilled into him by his scientist father, Stephen begins the best experiment ever--one that involves kissing as many girls as possible. Who knew science could be so fun?

But when the experiment gets underway, Stephen begins to question how he treats girls - and if his tics have been standing in his way at all. With two girls interested in him, he has to figure out what really matters to him and what he'll risk - and gain - by being his true self.

Cover design by Mike Burroughs

 
 

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ALMOST-SONNET FOR LEARNING TO LOVE MYSELF

Frida caught me plucking my eyebrows, pursed her lips, and smacked
the tweezers from my hand, kissed my fingers, leaned her forehead
into mine, the bone of our skulls hard and unyielding. Our noses
were mashed, cartilage more forgiving than the artist, her slender...

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“People think that stories are shaped by people.
In fact, it's the other way around.”

Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad