Science Fiction & Fantasy Author and Illustrator
There's nothing like a good story on a rainy day, or better yet, a dark night filled with the sounds of a crackling fire, a howling wind, and the tap-tap-tap of a tree branch on the window pane.
Below are a few of my stories which were recently published in magazines, and anthologies. For a full bibliography of Vonnie's short fiction, go here.
And thank you for everyone who voted me one of the Top Ten Authors in the 2011 & 2010 Preditors & Editors Reader's Poll.
Plus, I've included a couple of writing prompts that you might enjoy trying (bottom right hand column).
Publications with Vonnie's Stories (recent):
“Gifts in the Dark.” Digital Science Fiction. Michael , ed. Canada: Oct. 2016. Ebook. Buy a copy!
“Bad Moon Rising.” Unoriginal – A Science Fiction & Horror Magazine. Michael McGuire, ed. Seattle, Washington: Unoriginal Publications, Oct. 2016: Pages 34-35. Print.
“The Cafe' at the End of the Lane.” The Night Cafe'. Tyree Campbell & Sylvan Bree Baker, eds. Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Alban Lake Publishing, Sept. 2016: Pages 140-147. Print.
“The Monks' Fosterling.” FrostFire Worlds. Sylvan Bree Baker, ed. Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Alban Lake Publishing, Aug. 2016: Pages 70-78. Print.
“Feathers.” Trysts of Fate. Lee Ann Story Sikora, ed. Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Alban Lake Publishing, Aug. 2016: Pages 91-105. Print.
“Beneath the Summer Moon.” Hoofbeats: Flying with Magical Horses. Carol Hightshoe, ed. Sky Warrior Books Publishing, LLC, Aug. 2016: Pages 31-38. Print. (ISBN 9781536857047)
“Tower Farm.” Outposts of Beyond. Tyree Campbell, ed. Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Alban Lake Publishing, July 2016: Pages 101-108. Print.
“Bawming the Thorn.” FrostFire Worlds. Tyree Campbell, ed. Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Alban Lake Publishing, May 2016: 28-34. Print.
“The Clockwork Owl.” FrostFire Worlds. Tyree Campbell, ed. Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Alban Lake Publishing, May 2016: 61-70. Print.
“Appleheads.” Les Cabinets des Polythietes. Rebecca Buchanan,ed. Neos Alexandria/Bibliotheca Alexandrina Incorporated, Apr. 2016: 16-42. Print. (ISBN 9781532728174)
“Henkie's Fiddle.” Cast of Wonders. Marguarite Kenner, ed. Audio. 2016. Take a listen!
“The Garden Shop.” Lorelei Signal. Carol Hightshoe, ed. Security, Colorado: Wolfsinger Publications, Jan. 2016. Take a look! (while it's still available)
“The Return of Gunnar Kettilson.” Chilling Ghost Short Stories. London, United Kingdon: Flame Tree Publishing Ltd., Oct. 2015: Pages . Print. (ISBN 978-1-78361-375-5)
“Smoke and Sprites.” Hides the Dark Tower. Kelly A. Harmon, ed. Mount Airy, Maryland: Pole to Pole Publishing, Oct. 2015: Pages 249-254. Print. (ISBN 9781941559079)
“Snowbroth.” Potter's Field 5 – Tales from Unmarked Graves. Robert Krog, ed. Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Alban Lake Publishing, Aug. 2015: Pages 103-108. Print.
“Scarecrow.” Trysts of Fate. Lee Ann Story Sikora, ed. Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Alban Lake Publishing, Aug. 2015: Pages 39-50. Print.
Welcome to my worlds of magic, mystery, and adventure.
Fun Writing Prompts:
These prompts should help writers take what they know and stretch it. Speculative writing asks, "What if?"
But speculative writing doesn't stop there -- it then asks: What next? And after that? And after that?
I challenge writers to try their hand at a fantasy, dark fantasy (yes, that's one nice way to say "horror"), or science fiction story.
Here are a few ideas to help you start:
1- Pick a mythical creature like a selkie (seal person), centaur, harpie, swan maiden, troll, goblin, or a creature even more obscure -- and put them in today's world. Could they fit in? How would they fit in? Now write a story about that character.
-- This is the beginning place for "Shoreside," "Appleheads," "The Garden Shop," and several other stories which appear in "The Greener Forest." It's also the genesis of "By the Sea," "The Monk's Fosterling," "Gabeta," and other stories which appear in "Owl Light."
2- Pick a "normal" job like a bank teller, teacher, waitress, garbage collector, secretary, bus driver, or other job of your choosing. Now, place your main character in that job in a strange environment -- like on another planet.
-- This is the beginning place for my novelette, "Murder on Marawa Prime" Or leave them in a normal place and have something extraordinary happen to them. This is the idea I started with for "Bad Moon Rising" which appears in my book, "Owl Light."
3- Pick a holiday tradition (or traditions) and imagine how those traditions might be honored 1,000 years from now. Or how people would interpret those traditions if they rediscovered them in 5,000 years.
-- I used The Day of the Dead celebration and re-interpreted it in the far future in my story, "Gifts in the Dark," now available from Digital Fiction Publishing (and my book, "Owl Light").