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by Vanessa MacLaren-Wray

Greetings, fellow star travellers! Welcome to the home base for my books and stories.

New Release!

Fault Zone: Reverse, edited by Laurel Anne Hill and published by Sand Hill Review Press, is a wonderful anthology of stories, creative nonfiction, and poetry that will move you to tears and laughter.

Expertly edited and designed by Laurel Anne Hill, with the support of friends from the California Writers Club, SF Peninsula Chapter, this collection has been nominated for several awards, and the editor was so pleased this year that she nominated six pieces for the Pushcart Prize.

My contributions:
“Heart’s Delight” (Pushcart-nominated science fiction): what happens when the keepers of the land decide they’ve had enough of the takers?

“Reunion” (literary fiction): what happens when you meet someone from a time too painful to remember?

A book cover, front and back. At left, a list of names of contributors, at right text is Fault Zone: Reverse, A collection of stories. Image: person walking with an umbrella through a grey, rainy cityscape.

The links provided below will take you to my stories at Water Dragon Publishing, available at Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Google Books, Apple Books, Smashwords, and Amazon. If you have a favorite indie bookshop, please pick up print editions in your own hometown by ordering at or

You can also order signed copies direct from Water Dragon Publishing, and the audiobook for All That Was Asked is also available on iTunes as well as Audible (Amazon). And don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter.


Parrish Blue

A brand-new short story

How should you deal with an off-worlder who thinks your exclusive restaurant is some kind of art museum?

Sallie never expected to discover a world she’d forgotten how to imagine.


All That Was Asked

What would you say if someone said, “Will you take this alien creature home and be responsible for it.”?

Ansegwe says, “Yes.”


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