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Holly Messinger

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Holly Messinger started writing Madeleine L'Engle fanfic in the third grade, and by the time she completed her BA in English, had written more than a million words of original fiction. She has a fetish for late-19th-century Americana, and her stories inevitably feature snarky female anti-heroes.

In addition to writing, Holly has worked as a land title researcher, a copyeditor of motorcycle manuals, a liquor store clerk, an insurance agent, and a costume designer. She appeared as a judge on SyFy's Heroes of Cosplay in 2013. Occasionally she teaches parasol self-defense in a corset and petticoats.

Holly's short fiction has appeared in Baen's Universe, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and comes soon to Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine (summer 2020).
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noir fiction vs gothic romance

Is there a rule or convention or expectation that every installment in a series of novels has to be the same type of story? I mean what trope is the determining factor? As long as each book in the series has the same setting and mostly the same characters, does it matter if one volume leans more toward action and the hero's journey, and the next is a romance, and the third is a dystopic allegory,
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Description: Here's a bit of prewriting I did back in fall of 2004, when I was still brainstorming adventures for Trace & Boz. You could even say there's a bit of foreshadowing here, although I wasn't conscious of it at the time.

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Have tried twice to read this one and not gotten more than 1/3 of the way in both times. Some stumbling blocks are the YA tone (artificial and uneven, IMO, despite some grown-up subject matter) and the abrupt, total shifts in POV away from the charac ...more
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I have to respect the absolutely gonzo concept and the effort to diversify the cast of characters. Unfortunately the execution did not work for me.
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