Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I got a lot of my ideas for Darkover stories from minor characters or incidents in the Darkover novels. In this case the basic idea came from a reference in FORBIDDEN TOWER where Callista mentions that Hilary Castamir, while they were at Arilinn Tower together, encountered a layer of fire in the overworld and came back to her own body to find her feet physically burned. I wrote the first draft of this, and then Marion did a pass through it, so this story is a collaborative effort.

"Firetrap" is available for Kindle and Nook.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Things That Go Grump in the Night

"Things That Go Grump in the Night" was another first in my career. It was the first time I sold a story to someone who didn't know me personally. It appeared in an anthology called THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT, edited by Jane Yolen. After spending a decade in Marion's household and being the person in charge of bringing order out of chaos (or at least finding things in the chaos), I would have been happy to have a brownie to help me!

My favorite story in the anthology, however, wasn't mine. It was Bruce Coville's "Duffy's Jacket"--a wonderful story about what happened to a boy who was always forgetting where he had dropped his stuff.

"Things That Go Grump in the Night" is part of my collection MAGIC IN SUBURBIA, which is available in paperback and Kindle formats.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Golden Vanity

"Golden Vanity" was written for the first issue of Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine. Although I was never particularly active in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism), most of the rest of the family was, so I heard a lot of stories. SCA combat works on the principle of acknowledging the blows as if they had been made by steel weapons (instead of rattan), so a fighter can be "killed" while not sustaining any injuries worse than bruises.

"Golden Vanity" is part of my collection MAGIC IN SUBURBIA, which is available in paperback and Kindle formats.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sin Catenas

"Sin Catenas" was written for FOUR MOONS OF DARKOVER, published in 1988. Marion based casta (the language spoken by the Comyn) on Spanish, and my B.A. is in Romance Languages, so I took her phrase for formal marriage, di catenas, and changed the starting preposition to sin, which is the Spanish word for without. The idea for the story came from a brief mention in FORBIDDEN TOWER of Lady Crystal Castamir, whose husband forced her to foster all of his bastard children. I suspect that this might be rather annoying to a legitimate daughter.

"Sin Catenas" is available for Kindle and Nook.