Short Fiction

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“The Debtor,” published in the November/December 2021 issue of  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, edited by Janet Hutchings

When Robbie’s best friend Elliott saunters back into his life to collect what he’s due, Robbie confronts the horrifying possibility that he will never be free of Elliott’s debts—at least, not while Elliott is alive.

Dell Magazines, October 2021

“Yesterday’s Hero,” published in BEYOND THE STARS: Across the Universe, edited by Richard Leslie. Series editor Patrice Fitzgerald.

When an aging spy discovers that his latest target is a naïve but resourceful young woman who reminds him of his younger self, he has to decide whether to simply finish the job so that he can finally retire—or save the neophyte from ending up just like him.

Astral Books, August 2021

The Winds and Waters of Mars,” published in DreamForge Magazine, Issue 7, “Hope of the Dreamers,” edited by Scot Noel

A Taiwanese-American woman eager to leave everything behind moves to Mars to help establish a unified Martian colony and identity… and discovers that she can’t help with the new world without passing on the lessons from the old.

DreamForge Press, December 2020

Recommended Read!

Tangent Online added "The Winds and Waters of Mars" to their 2020 Recommended Reading list. To celebrate, DreamForge has made the story free to read.

Winter deity Scotty survived Ragnarök, only to suffer a soul-crushing loss to a god-killing virus. With the help of her only remaining friend, Scotty must discover a new path to walk in this remade world… one in which she not only survives, but thrives.

Dark Bright Press, December 2020

(This story was published collectively as part of the UNCOLLECTED ANTHOLOGY series. I was invited to participate as their guest author for the “Supernatural Soirees” edition.)

“Precious Cargo,” published in BEYOND THE STARS: Infinite Expanse, edited by Richard Leslie. Series editor Patrice Fitzgerald.

A bioship’s chief xenobiologist must diagnose what’s ailing their ship before the ship dies—and so does all of its crew and passengers.

Astral Books, August 2020

“Last Sunset Home,” published in MONSTERS, MOVIES & MAYHEM, executive edited by Kevin J. Anderson

A chaos demon hiding at a movie theater is found by a lonely kid, who asks them for a monstrous favor.

Wordfire Press, July 2020

WINNER! - Colorado Book Awards 2021

MONSTERS, MOVIES & MAYHEM is the winner of the Anthology category for 2021's Colorado Book Awards.

“Asking For It” and “Christmas, Translated,” both published in THE HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR #1, edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

In “Asking For It,” a woman discovers that the man who assaulted her last year is now dating her best friend.

“Christmas, Translated” is a quirky, tongue-in-cheek look at a multi-cultural immigrant family’s annual gathering, which happens to fall at Christmas because that’s the only time they can all get together now that the kids are grown.

WMG Publishing, July 2020

“Where We Will All Go,” published in X MARKS THE SPOT, edited by Lisa Mangum

A funeral parlor employee discovers what her hearse-driving mother is up to, when she disappears after drinking a tea brewed from stolen bones.

Wordfire Press, April 2020

“The Cuckoo Queen,” published in FANTASTIC REALMS, edited by Craig Martelle

At the Fledgling Feast, when all must fly or die, the secrets of a doomed queen may cost her the only thing of value she has left—her child’s life.

LMBPN Publishing, January 2020

“The Soul By Which We Measure Ours”

The smallest dragon is chosen by lottery to represent the Dragon Clan in the Jade Emperor’s race, and risks losing the honor of her family on her way to the race.

Originally published in WINGS OF CHANGE, edited by Lyn Worthen. (Camden Park Press, February 2019)

Reprinted in SELECTIONS OF ANTHROPOMORPHIC REGALEMENTS, Vol. 1, edited by KC Alpinus. (Goal Publications, July 2020)

In the Garden of the Coral King,” published in UNDERCURRENTS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF WHAT LIES BENEATH, edited by Lisa Mangum

A princess of an island with no name must figure out why the coral reef that protects her home is dying and endangering the island.

Wordfire Press, March 2018