Jessica Treadway’s novel Lacy Eye was published by Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Books in March 2015. Her story collection Please Come Back To Me received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and was published by University of Georgia Press in 2010. Her previous books are Absent Without Leave and Other Stories and her first novel, And Give You Peace. She is a professor at Emerson College in Boston.
How I Got Published
I began publishing my fiction thirty-one years ago, placing my first short story in The Hudson Review. This was before platforms, before social media, and before e-readers; it was even before computers, at least for most people, I think. That first submitted story was a typescript. I published that story in 1984, another in 1986, another in 1990 and one in 1992, the year my first book of stories came out. I was submitting stories all along; I believe that the 1990 publication, in The Atlantic, helped a great deal in getting me a contract to publish that first collection.