Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 16 June (Character interview: Max from Shape-shifter’s Tale)

Erika told me everything her mom had said, how things were changing in an ugly way. She knew about the burning at the university, too, and some other things, rumors and noises. “We should be really, really careful,” she said. “Mom said I should be careful, and if my friends had any sense they’d be careful too.”

She frowned, twisting one of her many braids. “I think mom knows… at least that I’m different. I guess it doesn’t matter what kind of different because any of it could get me dead.”

I hugged Erika, because I couldn’t think of what else to do, and she hugged me back and kissed the top of my head, the same way that babushka does.


As I begin revisions on The Shape-shifter’s Tale, I will be posting character interview excerpts for the main cast of the novel. This week’s excerpt comes from the interview with Max, who also appears in my published stories Max and the Ghost and Erika and the Vampire, which take place before the events of The Shape-shifter’s Tale.

Weekend Writing Warriors offers eight-sentence excerpts from a variety of writers; see the other excerpts here.

Publication Update: The Vampire Variations challenge story, now titled In the Laboratory of the Night, will be released on June 30 from Glass Knife Press.

Convention update: On Thursday 4 July, I will be speaking on the CONvergence panel “Stealing from the Best: How SFF Writers Beg, Borrow, and Steal Ideas.” Expect an interesting exchange of ideas!

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5 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 16 June (Character interview: Max from Shape-shifter’s Tale)

  1. caitlinstern says:

    Interesting! Definitely makes me want to read more.
    So sad that any kind of different is dangerous…

  2. Interesting set up and you just know trouble has to be coming – effective excerpt!

  3. utecarbone says:

    Intriguing… ‘Any kind of different could get me dead ‘ leaves me wanting to know what’s happened.

  4. Lovely interaction in the face of danger there.

  5. Trouble is coming. I’m not sure they can stay out of danger. I like your description “twisting one of her many braids” and your comparison with babushka.

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