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Behind “The Fox & the Foreigner”

In 1994, my husband Mason and I went to Japan. It was my first time there – and his third. At the time, he was an electronic guitarist who traveled from show to show.  I was a farmgirl who’d never … Continue reading

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Behind “A Curiosity of Shadows”

Early in 2010, I was invited to join a retreat of horror writers at a historic mansion in Northern California. I knew several of the other authors by name and reputation, but the only other person I knew personally was … Continue reading

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Behind Guardian of the Golden Gate

I’ve been writing stories about Alondra DeCourval for years and years. “Guardian of the Golden Gate,” which just appeared in the Strange California anthology, is the tenth to be published. The others have appeared in the books Best New Horror … Continue reading

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Raena’s Foremothers: Lara Croft

I haven’t done one of these influences essays in a while, but yesterday was the anniversary of turning in the final proofed draft of No More Heroes, so my space opera trilogy is on my mind. My introduction to Lara … Continue reading

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Raena’s Foremothers: Alice

One of the primary physical models for Raena Zacari in my space opera novels was Alice in the Resident Evil movies. At 5’9″, Milla Jovovich is much taller than Raena, but her slender dancer’s body is the perfect equivalent. Jovovich studied … Continue reading

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