Deborah J. Ross

I've written and edited fantasy and science fiction for over thirty years.

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Deborah J. Ross is an award-nominated writer and editor of fantasy and science fiction, with over a dozen novels and five dozen short stories in print. Recent books include Thunderlord and The Children of Kings (with Marion Zimmer Bradley); Collaborators (Lambda Literary Finalist/James Tiptree Jr. Award recommended list, as Deborah Wheeler), and The Seven-Petaled Shield epic fantasy trilogy. Her short fiction has appeared in F & SF, Asimov's, Star Wars: Tales From Jabba's Palace, Realms of Fantasy, and Sword & Sorceress. She’s edited Lace and Blade, Masques of Darkover, and other anthologies and novels. Her work has earned Honorable Mention in Year's Best SF, and nominations for Gaylactic Spectrum Award, the National Fantasy Federation Speculative Fiction Award for Best Author, and inclusion in the Locus Recommended Reading and Kirkus notable new release lists. She has served as Secretary to the Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), the Board of Directors of Book View Café, and the jury for the Philip K. Dick Award. When she's not writing, she knits for charity, plays classical piano, and studies yoga.

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Storm God

Published May 13, 2019 · 2,805 words (11 minutes) · 75 views

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This was one of my first professional short story sales and a delight to write. Ideas for horrible things that might lay in wait for anyone foolish enough to cross a swamp just kept popping into my head. And of course, who could resist putting an iconic tale into a new setting?

Lightning in Clouds at Night


A Wolf in the Fold

Published Apr 26, 2019 · 3,996 words (15 minutes) · 167 views

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From time out of mind, the villagers had kept their pact with the forest wolves, until that fragile bond was broken and only a young, untrained guardian could save them.


Bread and Arrows

Published Apr 1, 2019 · 5,721 words (21 minutes) · 74 views

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“Bread and Arrows” is a journey into a dark place, grappling with loss and mortality and hard choices. It also features a different role for the charismatic, sexually attractive stranger; Celine looks beneath the handsome exterior to the suffering man, and draws compassion from her own struggle. And the bakery salamander was irresistible!

Artisan Loaves of Bread


Sweet Prince

Published Mar 22, 2019 · 965 words (4 minutes) · 69 views

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I performed the role of Gertrude in a college production of Hamlet and always felt there was more to her than is generally assumed. Once I'd had children of my own and once they had survived until early adulthood, I was even more sympathetic. On the other hand, I raised my daughters to be strong, independent women and then it was too late to change my mind.

Early morning at Lake Bled