In these stories of love, loss, and pleasure, a cat wreaks havoc on a marriage, a woman loses her tooth and her partner, and a child searches for the perfect pet. Imaginative, humorous, and a bit disturbing, the stories in Eyes Shut affirm the pain and joy that holds true at the core of all life.

In “Dead to Me,” a woman struggles to forget the life she had with her lover until she receives a phone call that changes the course of her grief. Struck with the thought there is something missing, a woman searches for what is lacking in her relationship in “Where You Will Find It.” In the title story, a desperate mother tries to ease her son’s pain before it is too late.

Danielle Epting’s first collection of short stories, Eyes Shut, is an open window into an experience of human emotions through humor, imaginative images, and honest characters.

Fiction Publications:

“A Promising Student” in Vagabond City Lit 2023

“Being Alone” in LitBreak Magazine 2021

“Dog Days” in Flash Fiction Magazine 2021

“Where You Will Find It” in the Pine Hills Review 2020

“Shrinking Space” In Asymmetry Magazine 2019

“Class Clown” in The Airgonaut 2018

“If One Afternoon Your Lover Says” In After the Pause 2018

Nonfiction Publications:

“When It Just Doesn’t Feel Right” in Elephant Journal 2021

“Moving On vs. Moving Forward: Letting Time Heal the Wounds” in Elephant Journal 2021

“Life Imitates Art” in LitBreak Magazine 2021

“When Feeling Like We Should Harms & Hurts Us” In Elephant Journal 2020

“My Marathon Was Cancelled Because of COVID. I Ran It Anyway” in Elephant Journal 2020

“7 Amazing Things that Happened After I Logged Off Social Media For Good” in Thought Catalog 2017

“Deathwish 057: Danni” in Nailed Magazine