What’s Love Got to Do with It?

I’m not a fan of traditional bodice-ripping romance fiction for all the obvious reasons–unrealistic expectations of relationships, misogyny or at least unbalanced gender roles, unchallenging stereotypes, need I go on? So when ID Press approached me to write just such a story for the next anthology in their Particles of Fiction series, I gave the genre a raised eyebrow and a fresh look-over. Turns out that modern romance fiction can have smart, capable people falling in love and finding out they are better together than apart.

This story has all the elements of standard romance, including Happily Ever After. And, naturally, I added some science fiction to it. What if technology let you actually know your partner’s thoughts intimately? Really get inside their head? How would that change relationships?

“Depth Perception” appears in the just-released Allucinor anthology. Find it in Kindle format here. Hope you ❤ it!

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Resistance Is Not Futile

Writers Resist is a literary collective born of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. It publishes creative expressions of resistance by diverse writers and artists from around the globe, and is dedicated to challenging all things that diminish the quest for equality, freedom, justice and a healthy planet for all—-while having a bit of fun.

My latest story, “Across the Hard-Packed Sand”, is only 1700 words but hopefully it punches above its weight class. Find it here on Writers Resist.

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Do the clothes make the person?

The expression “the clothes make the man” is derived from the classical Greek, more accurately translated as “the man is his clothing”.

What if your clothes really did provide more than an imperfect snapshot of status and style?

What if your clothing actually possessed magical properties?

My latest story, “Twisted Threads”, explores that idea and a lot more. Find it in the current issue of Wild Musette.

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Text Against Tyranny

Speculative fiction can change the world but only if it’s openly available.

Annually, September 24th to 30th is internationally celebrated as Banned Books Week, raising awareness of the importance of free and open access to information.

My latest young adult story, “The Scent That Treason Brings”, narrated brilliantly by Katherine Inskip, examines the ways that tyrants attempt to rewrite history. It’s now available for listening or reading at “Cast of Wonders.

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Woof! Woof!

“Best of Breed” is a little story about dog allergens, phone apps, and other fun stuff. Catch it here at Buckshot Magazine!

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Brave New Girls anthology now out!

Brave New Girls: Stories of Girls Who Science and Scheme is a collection of 22 stories about brainy young heroines who use their smarts to save the day. Edited by author Mary Fan, the anthology’s goal is to inspire girls (ages 12+) to study science and engineering. Even better, proceeds from the anthology fund scholarships for women through the Society of Women Engineers. The first Brave New Girls anthology, released in 2015, has provided several thousands of dollars’ worth of scholarships. Hopefully, this new anthology will provide many, many more, enabling more young women to pursue STEM careers!

I’m proud to have a story in it. An insane dash in a rover across Mars with a pregnant stepmom, what could go wrong? “Dangerous Territory” and the other fine stories are available here.

Illustration by Hazel Butler

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Yum! Foodie fiction!

Hungry for some tasty fiction? My latest story is my second appearance in Parsec’s Triangulation series, following “Cross-Contamination” last year.

A chef on a starship gets very involved in her work, seasoning it with confidence, pride, and a dash of arrogance.

Paperback now available.

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