What I Write

Fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism. Striving for character-driven stories, different viewpoints, and immersive world-building.

*Insert Subplot Here is my blog, updated weekly (usually on Tuesday) about my experiences with writing, editing, submitting, and general productivity hacks, all sprinkled liberally with snarky footnotes.

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Melanie in the Underworld

“This retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus’s attempt to save his wife from Hades will grab you by the eyeballs and not let go until the last line.”
Scott T. Barnes for newmyths.com

In a genderbent retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice, Melanie must brave the streets and subways of Toronto in search of answers. Pick up the anthology Love, Time, Space, Magic at smashwords, or read a sample at popseagull.com.

Ashes

In a world of magic, limited metals, and a missing goddess, Ashes is a novel about the emigrant experience and how loyalties are chosen, grown, and tested.

One last round of incorporating changes, and then I start querying!

Embers

The sequel to Ashes.  A school-teacher decides that she is tired of waiting for the chosen one to bring back the long-lost goddess, setting off for the Fog, and picking up a familiar face along the way…

First draft is done! Might get split into two books, Embers and Ignition. It’s now sitting in a drawer to ferment for a couple of months before I start editing.

Perceptions

A novella about perception, reality, and trust, set in a mental hospital where an unknown monster is picking off residents, one by one.

First draft is done, currently being typed up (I wrote it longhand in a journal. This is the point where I was forced to admit I can’t read my own handwriting.)

Researching

Mostly editing Creampuffs and Ashes one last time before I start querying. I’ve got one short story due to be published in October (link when I get it!) and another in the works about murder on a Venusian gas miner. Then it’s editing Curve of the Corridor and outlining Blackout Odyssey (a tale of the the Blackout of 2003, set in the Melanie-verse) for my NaNo 2017 novel. If that topic is of interest, feel free to contact me on twitter (@vfeistner) or drop me an email!