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Frances Silversmith

The Strategic Use of Poison, flash fiction, Issue 37, December 15, 2016

The Local Herb Witch and her Kitchen Garden, non-fiction, Issue 45, December 15, 2018

Frances Silversmith writes computer software for a living and science fiction and fantasy stories for fun. She lives in a small town in Germany with her husband, six guinea pigs, and two Icelandic horses. Please visit her website:

Get to know Frances...
Birthdate? 1969
When did you start writing? In January, 2011
When and what and where did you first get published? My story "Online War" appeared the online magazine Grantville Gazette in March, 2013.
What themes do you like to write about? Ordinary people dealing with extraordinary situations.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? The Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey. I love Lackey's detailed world building and her characters' warmhearted relationships. I try to achieve some of the same atmosphere in my own stories.

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