A Handful of Hazelnuts: Short Stories

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Sørina Higgins is releasing a collection of short stories currently entitled A Handful of Hazelnuts: Short Stories under the Quickbeam Books imprint. The collection includes tales ranging from science fiction to fantasy to myth, and engages with topics such as bioengineering, art imitating life, and faith in the face of genetic determinism.

Serial release and Author’s Circle are slated to begin in December 2022, with publication in November 2023.

Author’s Circle opens on November 19th, 2022, and Sørina will meet with members on the first Wednesday of each month.


The Author’s Circle

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Join our author patronage system, the Author’s Circle, to be an active part of the creative process! Sørina’s Author’s Circle members will receive:

  • Access to text and audio chapters on release
  • Access to notes and updates during the writing process
  • Monthly meetings with Sørina to discuss and give feedback on the most recent chapter
  • A mention in the book if you make a suggestion included in the final book
  • Acknowledgement in the final volume
  • Personalized versions of the book at final publication

About the Author

Sørina Higgins

Author, Editor, and Signum University Instructor

Sørina Higgins earned her Ph.D. in 2021 at Baylor University. Her dissertation, entitled From Thaumaturgy to Dramaturgy: Staging Occult Modernism, examined the role of ceremonial magic in modernist theatre, especially in the works of W. B. Yeats, Charles Williams, and Aleister Crowley. 

Dr. Higgins is currently co-editing a volume on the ethical turn in speculative fiction with Dr. Brenton Dickieson and previously edited an academic essay collection entitled The Inklings and King Arthur (Apocryphile Press, 2017), winner of the 2018 Mythopoeic Society Inklings Scholarship Award. She wrote the introduction to a new edition of Charles Williams’s Taliessin Through Logres  (Apocryphile, 2016) and edited and introduced Williams’s early play The Chapel of the Thorn (Apocryphile, 2014). She is also the author of the blog The Oddest Inkling, devoted to a systematic study of Charles Williams’ works.

As a creative writer, Sørina has published two books of poetry, Caduceus (David Robert Books, 2012) and The Significance of Swans (Finishing Line Press, 2008).

Outside of academia, Sørina enjoys practicing yoga, playing with her cats, podcasting, cooking, baking, gardening, dancing, and ranting about the state of the world. You can visit her website at sørinahiggins.com.