Sandra M. Odell

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Sandra M. Odell

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What I Write

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The night the saguaro came to call, Sam knew there would be trouble. “Evening,” the old woman said, and stepped aside for her unexpected guest.

The cactus scrunched down as far as it could and skittered through the door on its roots, bringing with it the breath of rocks, sage brush, and the cold desert night. It stopped in the middle of the cabin’s sparsely furnished main room and straightened until its needles brushed the roof. “I hope I didn’t come at a bad time.”

“Not at all. I suppose I don’t get many saguaro visitors.” She didn’t get many visitors, saguaro or otherwise, but saying as much would have been rude. Sam settled into the rocker. “What can I do for you?”

“I wish to marry a gila monster.”

What I Write

I tend towards the quirky, the what ifs. I like to ask a question, and the one after that, and the one after that.

My writing was once described as “coming from a place no one else has ever been.” I suppose the same could be said about me.


Jim Baen’s UNIVERSE, Ideomancer, Jamais Vu, Crossed Genres, The Drabblecast, Pseuodopod.

My first collection of genre short stories, THE TWELVE WAYS OF CHRISTMAS, was released by Hydra House Books in 2012.