Swamp HibiscusThank you for visiting my new site!

Here you can find updates about upcoming stories and projects, learn more about me, and peruse my existing publications (many of which are available to read online).

From time to time, I will post story notes, offer thoughts about what I’m reading, and, of course, share new work as it becomes available.

Much love and gratitude to my sister, Liz, for lending her technical and design expertise.

Finishing School: Summer 2018 Edition

Hello, friends and readers!

I’m excited to announce I’m teaching a special summer section of Finishing School with The Storied Imaginarium.

The aim of the class is for participants to complete, polish, and revise their partly written drafts. Everyone will have the chance to share three stories, plus there will be an opportunity for further revision during portfolios at the end of the course.

We’ll also be talking craft and the writing life, as well as doing deep reads of published stories. There will likely be an emphasis on expressions of the speculative, although our realist compatriots are welcome, too. Writers from all backgrounds encouraged.

We’re aiming to start the week of June 10 and will wrap up the last week of August. Currently, there’s a daytime (around noon/1 EST) section that’s partly full. If enough folks had an interest in an evening section, I would certainly be willing to add one.

Want to know more? I did a Five Questions post about Finishing School and my approach to teaching not too long ago.

If you’re interested in enrolling, please contact Carina Bissett at cmariebissett@gmail.com. The workshop fee is $375.

New stories

Delighted to share that I have new short stories in the Gallery of Curiosities spring issue and the upcoming anthology, Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers, from World Weaver Press.

My steampunk story, “Only Gutter Girls and Ruined Things,” is out now in the print and ebook editions of Curiosities #2.

Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers, which includes my story “Caught Root,” will be released on June 5, 2018. It is available for pre-order here.

Story notes and further updates soon. Thanks for reading!

2017 Highlights

It has become something of a tradition in SFF to post a recap at the end of the year so that friends and readers know what work is eligible for awards, etc.

More so, I like the opportunity to reflect.

Late in 2016, I got back into writing and submitting short fiction after a long hiatus. I had been in school (twice), but I also struggled with what to do next and how I wanted to approach my stories in the years after my MFA.

I took a workshop, spent time on revisions and reading around the markets, and decided to jump in re: submissions.

And I am thrilled to say that this year (2017), I made my first professional sales:

My cyberpunk short story, “Whatever Tower, However High,” appeared in Escape Pod in April.

Then, Clarkesworld published my biopunk novelette, “My Dear, Like the Sky and Stars and Sun,” in June.

(Yes, I really like punk.)

In addition, my deep-space Lovecraftian gothic, “In Strange, Far Places,” found a home in Luna Station Quarterly.

And Jersey Devil Press featured my slightly cracked Frankenstein reimagining, “In Which Liz Frankenstein Lives,” in their Victorian Mash-Up issue.

Lastly, I was delighted to place my Poe-inspired flash, “A Girl’s Guide to Being Buried Alive,” with NonBinary Review; they were, as noted, kind enough to nominate it for Best of the Net.

Interested readers can check out my other publications and get a jump on 2018 here. Thanks, as always, for reading and for your support.

Best of the Net Nomination

Pleased to share that NonBinary Review has nominated my flash piece, “A Girl’s Guide to Being Buried Alive” for the annual Best of the Net anthology. Many thanks to Lise Quintana and the NBR crew!

“A Girl’s Guide to Being Buried Alive” appeared in NonBinary Review‘s Edgar Allan Poe issue, guest edited by Selena Chambers. It is also available as part of their Alphanumeric series, which includes an audio version of the story. You can read and listen here.


Sara L. Uckelman of the newly launched SFF Reviews recently did a write-up of my story, “In Strange, Far Places,” which appeared in issue 30 of Luna Station Quarterly. Thanks, Sara!

You can read her review here and the story here. And if you want to know more about how “In Strange, Far Places” came to be, my story notes are here.