Dear Readers–please clear the floor, direct your attention to the spotlight, and welcome James Zwerneman. “Horse and Rider Thrown into the Sea” is his first publication and we feel honored and grateful that he decided to make his debut with One Story. Set on an island based on James’s own experience living in Grenada, “Horse and Rider Thrown into the Sea” follows the daily trials of Winifred, a single mother who works at the post office and lives far out in the bush. As she tries to keep her son Jeremiah on the straight and narrow path, Winifred remains determined, under increasingly difficult circumstances, to continue to find joy in life. It is Winifred’s inner struggle that is the heartbeat of this story, along with the beautiful and dangerous island that she calls home. Please read James’s Q&A with us to find out more about how he wrote “Horse and Rider Thrown into the Sea,” and be sure to be on the lookout for more of his work. For now, let’s raise our glasses as he steps into the spotlight and takes a bow for his first published story. Here’s to a long and wonderful life of words.