Malissa focuses mostly on epic fantasy, but she’s had a Steampunk story published in Tor’s Steampunk III Anthology, alongside authors like Cherie Priest, Bruce Sterling, and Garth Nix. This Tor review mentions how awesome her story was! She’s also written a number of short stories that you can find here on Amazon, including a wonderful guide to self-publishing e-books that she created while getting her MFA. Laura’s written a lot about weird Chicago history, vampires, and is currently working on a modern-day vampire series set in Chicago which features a slightly unusual protagonist: an Indian man fighting for the British who was bitten in the chaotic trenches of WWI. Her first book in the series, To Touch the Sun from Dadga Publishing, can be found here. The second book in the series, Ujaali, is due out next month. You can also read a recent interview with her about her writing process here, at J. S. Collyer’s sci-fi author blog.
I can’t wait to dive into all of their comments and feedback. Thanks so much to both of you! 🙂 Beta readers really are amazing people.
As for today’s eight sentences, I thought I’d focus on the beginning of my draft, as that’s what I spent most of last night staring at while looking at feedback, hehe ;). Here are the first eight sentences of my novel. It introduces Lefty right off the bat:
I shoulda known something was wrong the second Pierce showed up at our corner with another fella in tow.
“What’s with the new fish?” I asked through the window as I nosed my Packard up to the curb real careful-like. “Thought it was just gonna be us on this job.”
Pierce shrugged. “Plans changed. This here’s Lefty,” he said, shoving the new guy towards the car door. “He’s gonna be our wheelman tonight.”