Saturday, March 2, 2019

My YA sci-fi short story is up with Foreshadow!

What a whirlwind year 2018 was, where I queried my YA sci-fi, participated in the twitter pitch event #DVPit for the first time, and tried my hand at writing picture books and a short story.

Well, that short story was selected for publication by Foreshadow: A Serial YA Anthology, founded by NYT bestselling and award-winning authors Nova Ren Suma and Emily X.R. Pan. Each month in 2019, the anthology features three original stories. What an honor it was to be selected as a New Voice and featured alongside celebrated authors Courtney Summers and Brandy Colbert!

"Princess" was ultimately selected by NYT bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith. Here is her very lovely introduction for the story:

Princess by Maya Prasad


Wow, thanks so much, Cynthia!

Working with the Foreshadow team was fabulous, and I'm grateful to everyone there who championed this story along the way. I had a blast fleshing it out with my smart & incisive editor Trisha Tobias, and got to say stuff like "I'm on deadline!" (Yeah, I relished it.)

The idea for "Princess" began with the image of a mom and her daughter traveling across the galaxy to reunite with the estranged grandparents--a la Gilmore Girls, if you're a fan. As I dug into the reasons for that estrangement, the story was born. You can read it for free here.