Dominica Phetteplace

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Dominica Phetteplace

About Me

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Elliot and I don’t normally like the same type of girls. I like troubled girls because I am helpful and stupid. He likes girls that don’t need him, which is one of the many reasons he is so forlorn all the time.
Then came Lazarene.
I met her first. She was a friend of a friend, we were out at a bar. She was beautiful: long black hair, stone grey skin, fingers like claws. It wasn’t until I got close enough to kiss her that I saw her pupils were slit like a cats, and when I kissed her, I felt her teeth were fangs. I asked her out to dinner and she said yes.

What I Write

I write near-ish future science fiction that is inspired by my Buddhist, feminist and environmentalist beliefs. I also write literary and pulp fiction, sometimes even poetry. Major themes include justice, loss, acceptance, awareness and enlightenment.


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My science fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Motherboard, Clarkesworld, F&SF and Escape Pod. My literary fiction has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, PANK and Zyzzyva and has won a Pushcart Prize.  A full list of publications and links to some stories are available on my website.

Write-a-thon Goals

Writing Goals


Last summer, I worked on my novel while in residence at the MacDowell Colony. Thanks to everyone who sponsored me, your encouragement really helped.

This summer I’ll be in residence at Marble House. I have a finished draft of my novel that I’d like to make better. And I have some short story ideas that deserve life.



Fundraising Goals

I want to raise so much money for Clarion West because I think it is such an important organization for increasing the diversity of speculative fiction. All backers get a thank you note!