Strong Women, Strange Worlds
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Strong Women, Strange WorldsMar 13, 2023
Morgan Chalut - Hunter
Morgan Chalut lives in Dallas, Texas with her delightfully handsome and silly, charming, supportive and lovely husband, Philip. They have two dogs together: Caramel, who absolutely wants to be your friend, and Sammie, who very definitely does not. She hopes to continue to discover characters and worlds she can plot and explore. You can find Morgan, and her other novels online at the links below.
S.I. Clarke - Consider Pegasus
S.I Clarke shares her home with her partner and an assortment of waifs and strays. When not writing convoluted, inefficient stories, she spends her time telling financial services firms to behave more efficiently. When not doing either of those things, she can be found in the pub or shouting at people online — occasionally practising efficiency by doing both at once.
As someone who’s neurodivergent, an immigrant, and the proud owner of an invisible disability, she strives to present a realistically diverse array of characters in her stories.
She’s also a reader, mainly of science fiction and mysteries. Some of her favourite authors include: Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Becky Chambers, John Scalzi, Tanya Huff, Christopher Brookmyre, Robert J Sawyer, Charles Stross, Gareth Powell. Subscribers to her newsletter get her reviews of books she’s enjoyed.
Joan Marie Verba - Twelve
An experienced writer, Joan is the author of the nonfiction books Voyager: Exploring the Outer Planets and Boldly Writing as well as the novels Twelve, Defying the Ghosts, Sword of Queens, The Arachne Portal, Wondry Dragon Finds a Home, Countdown to Action!, Action Alert!, Deadly Danger!, Situation: Critical!, Extreme Hazard!, and Danger Zone! plus numerous short stories and articles. She is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association and The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. She has served on the board of directors of both the Minnesota Science Fiction Society and the Mythopoeic Society.
You can find Joan online at the links below.
Samantha Bryant - Going Through the Change
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything). You can find her Menopausal Superhero series from Falstaff Books on Amazon, or request it at your favorite independent (or big box) bookstore.
You can find Samantha online at the links below.
Karen Hough - Ground Control
Karen Hough is a writer, editor and blogger with an Honours BSc. in Human Kinetics. She's more than just a finicky grammar nerd, though a finicky grammar nerd she is. As a Canadian, I can handle either neighbor or neighbour, and prefer to go without the Oxford comma, but can be flexible if needed. My favourite thing is creating content with impact, whether it be your work of fiction, news release, website or article.
She lives with my husband, three energetic kids and a codependent office dog, boring impressing them all with stories about how she used to be a nutritionist, personal trainer and national-level fitness competitor.
Her first novel, Ground Control, was published in early 2021 by Lights Out Ink Press. It was re-released in June 2022 by Sley House Publishing, on whose Tales of Sley House 2021 I collaborated as editor.
You can find Karen on social media at the links below.
Barbara Krasnoff - The History of Soul 2065
Barbara Krasnoff divides her time between writing short speculative fiction and editing tech as Reviews Editor for The Verge.
Her book The History of Soul 2065 is coming out in June, 2019 from Mythic Delirium Books. It is a “mosaic novel” made up of interconnection short stories about two uncanny families through several generations.
Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of publications, including Space & Time Magazine, Electric Velocipede, Apex Magazine, Doorways, Sybil’s Garage, Behind the Wainscot, Escape Velocity, Weird Tales, Descant, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Amazing Stories, and the anthologies Fat Girl in a Strange Land, Subversion: Science Fiction & Fantasy tales of challenging the norm, Broken Time Blues: Fantastic Tales in the Roaring ’20s, Crossed Genres Year Two, Descended From Darkness: Apex Magazine Vol. I, Clockwork Phoenix 2, Such A Pretty Face: Tales of Power & Abundance, and Memories and Visions: Women’s Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Barbara is also the author of a non-fiction book for young adults, Robots: Reel to Real (Arco Publishing, 1982).
You can find Barbara online at the links below.
Jenn Gott - The Private Life of Jane Maxwell
Jenn Gott is an author, fangirl, and jack of all hobbies who writes about sapphic leads fighting against darkness and falling in love. She lives in a fairytale forest where, when she's not writing, you can usually find her playing life simulation games, sketching, or entertaining her rambunctious cat.
You can find Jenn online on these platforms.
Elaine Pascale - Ripped to Shreds
Elaine lives in Florida where she writes horror, and regularly appears on podcasts and participates in Women in Horror writing prompts. Elaine enjoys a robust full moon, chocolate, paddleboarding, and collecting cats.
You can find her online on the following platforms.
Valerie Valdes - Fault Tolerances
Valerie Valdes’s work has been featured in Uncanny Magazine, Time Travel Short Stories and Nightmare Magazine. Her debut novel Chilling Effect was published by Harper Voyager in September 2019 and Orbit UK in February 2020, with starred reviews in Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal. It was shortlisted for the 2021 Arthur C. Clarke Award, and was also named one of Library Journal’s best SF/fantasy novels of 2019. The trilogy is now complete with Prime Deceptions and Fault Tolerance. Her next novel, Where Peace Is Lost, is forthcoming in 2023.
Valerie is co-editor of Escape Pod, and currently works as a freelance writer and copy editor. She is a graduate of the University of Miami and the Viable Paradise workshop and has taught classes and given lectures for Clarion West and Georgia State University. She has also served as a Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month since 2005. She lives in Georgia with her husband, children and cats.
You can find her online at the links below.
Terri Bruce - Whenafter
Terri Bruce has been making up adventure stories for as long as she can remember. Like Anne Shirley, she prefers to make people cry rather than laugh, but is happy if she can do either. She is the author of the paranormal/contemporary fantasy "Afterlife" series, which includes Hereafter (Afterlife #1) and Thereafter (Afterlife #2), and several science fiction and fantasy short stories, including "Welcome to OASIS" ("Dear Robot" anthology, November 2015), "The Well" ("It's Come to Our Attention" anthology, Third Flatiron Press, February 2016), and "The Lady and the Unicorn" (NH Pulp Fiction "Live Free or Dragons" anthology, Plaidswede Publishing, Fall 2016). Her third novel, Whereafter (Afterlife #3) releases March 15, 2016.
Kristi Petersen Schoonover - Tidings
Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s short fiction has been featured in The Adirondack Review, Orca Lit, Barbaric Yawp, The Illuminata, Carpe Articulum Literary Review, Afternoon, I Like Monkeys, New Witch Magazine, MudRock: Stories & Tales, and many, many others; by far, however, her favorite short pieces are those she wrote specifically for anthologies as diverse as Unnatural Tales of the Jackalope, Generation X-ed, ForNever After, Dancing in the Shadows: An Anne Rice Tribute Anthology, Dead Stars & Stone Arches: A Collection of Utah Horror, Out of Time: True Paranormal Encounters, Ghastly Gastronomy, and Bugs.
Where you can find Kristi online:
Karen Heuler - The Splendid City
Kate Heartfield - The Embroidered Book
Kate Heartfield is the author of The Embroidered Book, a historical fantasy novel, and the Alice Payne time travel novellas (2018/2019). Her debut novel Armed in Her Fashion (2018) won Canada’s Aurora Award. She also writes interactive fiction, including The Road to Canterbury, and The Magician's Workshop, published by Choice of Games. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the Nebula, Locus, Aurora, Sunburst and Crawford awards and her journalism for a National Newspaper Award. Her short stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Lackington's, Podcastle and elsewhere. A former newspaper journalist, Kate lives near Ottawa, Canada.
#alternate-history #historical-women #magic
Elle Ire - Dead Woman's Pond
Elle E. Ire resides in the Disney-created town of Celebration, Florida, with her spouse and two dogs. A graduate of the University of Miami, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in creative writing but left the MFA program when they refused to allow her to write genre fiction, instead receiving a Master’s in Literature mostly made up of writing courses. Currently, she teaches writing to middle school students. She and her spouse run several writing groups, as well as present at many local and statewide conferences.
You can find Elle online at these sites.
#horror #ghoststory #lesbian
Carol Gyzander - Forget Me Not
Carol Gyzander was a prolific reader of classic science fiction and mysteries in her early days. To her, the letter “A” means Asimov, Andre Norton, and Agatha Christie! Now that her kids have flown the coop, leaving behind the writer’s requisite cats, she’s gone back to her early loves with short stories that veer into several genres (sci-fi, weird fiction, dark fantasy, and horror).
Carol is the editor and writes for Writerpunk Press, which creates anthologies of ’punk genre stories based upon classics. Her contributions include cyberpunk Shakespeare, clockpunk Poe, and a cyberpunk tale inspired by Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space.” They have recently released their latest anthology, Taught by Time: Myth Goes Punk.
You can find Carol and her books online at these sites.
#horror #criptid #novella
Britta Jensen - Eloia Born
Britta Jensen’s debut YA novel Eloia Born won the 2019 Writer’s League of Texas YA Discovery Prize and was long-listed for the 2016 Exeter Novel Prize. Reviewers are calling the book “both a dystopian narrative and a quest story; consider it a spiritual successor to Lois Lowry’s The Giver and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village.”
You can find Britta online at these sites.
Claudia Blood - Company Assasin
Juggling her roles as a wife, mom, and pet-wrangler doesn’t leave much free time, but what time Claudia has is filled to the brim with creating sci-fi and fantasy novels set in some worlds that are slightly familiar and some that are totally unique and new. Taking inspiration from all kinds of media, from Dungeons & Dragons to the Dresden Files as well as Alan Dean Foster and so much more, Claudia Blood crafts stories that entice readers and keep them wondering what will happen next. #fantasy #youngadult
Amy Grech - Bruised and Battered Nevermore
Amy Grech has sold over 100 stories to various anthologies and magazines including:
A New York State of Fright, Apex Magazine, Dead Harvest, Flashes of Hope, Gorefest, Hell’s Heart, Hell’s Highway, Hell’s Mall, Microverses, Needle Magazine, Punk Noir Magazine, Scare You To Sleep, Tales from the Canyons of the Damned, Tales from The Lake Vol. 3, The One That Got Away, Thriller Magazine, and many others. She has work forthcoming in the Even in the Grave and Under Her Skin anthologies.
Amy is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers who lives in New York. You can connect with her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/amy_grech or visit her website: https://www.crimsonscreams.com.
#horror #adult #ghoststory
Anne Nydam - The Extraordinary Book of Doors
E.C. Ambrose - Drakemaster
E. C. Ambrose writes knowledge-inspired adventure fiction, including DRAKEMASTER (Guardbridge, April 2022) about a clockwork doomsday device based on Su Song's astronomical clock of 1090 CE, the Dark Apostle series about medieval surgery, and the Bone Guard archaeological thrillers. She is a graduate of, and sometime instructor for, the Odyssey Speculative Fiction Workshop, and lives in the blustery Granite State where she thinks of plot twists from the bench of her floor loom. Find her on Facebook or visit her website to learn about all of her work.