Who is Author Elissa Malcohn

Elissa Malcohn’s novelette “Lazuli” (Asimov’s, Nov. 1984) made her a 1985 John W. Campbell Award finalist for best new science fiction writer of the year. Her short story “Moments of Clarity” (Full Spectrum, Bantam, 1988) reached preliminary ballot for the 1989 Nebula Awards. Commenting on “Moments of Clarity” in his review of Full Spectrum in the November, 1988, Out of This World Tribune, Bruce D. Arthurs wrote, “This one story is worth the price of the entire book.”

Elissa’s work also appears in publications that won awards in 2009. IPPY Silver Medalist Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory (Scriblerus Press) contains her story “Arachne” (originally published in Aboriginal Science Fiction, Dec. 1988). Bram Stoker Award winner Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet (Dark Scribe Press) contains her story “Memento Mori.” Her story “Hermit Crabs” in Hugo Award winner Electric Velocipede (#14) and her novelette “Flotsam” in Asimov’s (Oct./Nov. 2009) made the recommended reading list in The Year’s Best Science Fiction, 26th and 27th Annual Collections, respectively.

Elissa’s work has appeared in dozens of publications since the 1970s. Covenant, the first volume of her Deviations series, was originally published by the now-defunct Aisling Press in 2007.

Elissa edited Star*Line, the journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, from 1986-88 and was a four-time Rhysling Award nominee for best speculative poetry of the year.

Outside the genre, Elissa won first prize in the Woodview Coffee House 2010 song-writing contest.

Member, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Science Fiction Poetry Association, Broad Universe, more. Proud participant, Operation E-Book Drop, Books For Soldiers, and Shadow Forest Authors.


Rafael Abalos- Fantasy Novelist

Rafael Ábalos
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Rafael Ábalos

Rafael Ábalos at the ‘Comédie du Livre’ of Montpellier, France, 2009.
Born October 12, 1956 (age 55)
Archidona, Málaga, Spain
Occupation Novelist
Language Spanish
Nationality Spanish
Genres Fantasy, Children’s Literature
Notable work(s) Grimpow: The Invisible Road
Rafael Ábalos (born 12 October 1956, Archidona, Málaga) is a Spanish author of the bestseller book Grimpow: The Invisible Road (ISBN 0385733747) published in 2007.[1][2] The children’s fantasy novel was about a boy finding a mysterious amulet in France who becomes a focus of a “centuries-old mission” to enlighten humanity.[2] According to a review in Publishers Weekly, Ábalos “blends the grand-scale storytelling prowess and epic quest element of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings with the cryptographic intrigue of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code”, and gave it a positive review.[2] The book was published by Random House.[3]

^ Ed Park (2011). “Running in circles”. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-02-12.
^ a b c Staff writer (2007). “Rafael Ábalos, translated by Noël Baca Castex. Delacorte”. Publishers Weekly. ISBN ISBN 978-0-385-73374-8. Retrieved 2011-02-12.
^ Staff writer (2007). “Random House Children’s Books”. Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2011-02-12. “Random House Children’s Books … Grimpow: The Invisible Road by Rafael Ábalos;”

“Youngest” A Novel by Akil DeBerry(Excerpt) Chapter 1

Akil N. DeBerry


This is a work of mine I decided late last year, would be my fist ever novel that I would complete! I wanted to finish it sooner this year but life pleasantly got in the way! So I’m taking this week out to finish it up and complete it, I’d love any input anyone has to give.

I don’t know how it is for others, when judging the feel and rightness of their own work, but I find I’m never really sure how my stuff truly sounds to others, let alone my self. To me it doesn’t sound right or wrong, great or terrible, it simply sounds  as it should, and perhaps what I need to learn is that that is not only enough, but far beyond it!

So take a read and let me know what you think! Thanks again for the help!

‘Youngest’ A Novel by Akil N. DeBerry. Chapter1 (UNEDITED)

Q&A – Inspiration is a fickle foe!

strangelyseen asked: Unbelievable. I just read through a few of your things, and I think you’re a great writer. But I’m just a simple bystander. Where do you get your inspiration from?

^_^ I will have to learn how to take compliments someday!

Sorry but I’m a ‘simple bystander’ my self, and I don’t really know yet my self! In the beginning it was out of anger or depression. In those states ideas would simply flow, and I even found my self wanting in the end to be in such conditions just so I could write. After that it was from dreams. I don’t often remember my dreams but when I do, even for me, they can be a bit crazy; which incidentally makes me so happy!

I love the entire vibe of being consumed by a story, that is in fact conceiving it’s self through me! And now that I have fallen in love, for what feels like the first time, (I know right, pray for me) I find that when ever one of my senses seize a fraction of her being, or simply imagine such, I find my self helplessly falling into the way of the pen, often sadly in fuzzy wuzzy ways.

And this is just what I mean by saying I’m a ‘simple bystander’ to. I have no method, no stable pattern, no insight like others who can wield the pen at will. I am chaos! I ride the mood and reflect it’s grace in ink. Hahaha Or maybe ‘CHAOS’ it’s self is my method of choice! LoL

The best way to say it is like this. Something I once wrote in realization, “I never realized it, but it seems everyone of my ideas for a story first starts with an image, a single glimpse through a distant smoke that conceals all but a corner of some great piece of work, desperately in need of a mind foolish enough to conceive it.” – A. N. De Berry

I hope that helped, and I apologize greatly for rambling for so long! If your interested, I’ve just started a writers community blog and facebook page, where I hope to bring together as many ‘simple bystanders’ as possible and together, become something far from simple! It’s called “Frantic Ink.”



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