This week’s published piece is by a friend of mine, Amy Sundberg. We met at the Rainforest Writer’s Retreat earlier this year. Amy is a musician as well as a writer of science fiction, fantasy, and young adult fiction. She has been published in Daily Science Fiction and Crossed Genres, among others, and is a member of the SFWA and the SCBWI.
“Daddy’s Girl” is a story about sibling rivalry, abandonment issues, and mutinous betrayal set in a future world where astronauts recover ice from comets for the lunar settlements.
Questions to think about when reading this story:
- Amy sets up the main character’s background though narrative recollections. Is this an effective technique for this story? Would you prefer a more blatant method like flashbacks, or a more subtle one like revealing it strictly through character dialog?
- In the creative writing class I just started, the professor said, “No genre fiction – I don’t know how what to do with it.” Do you think this story would work equally well as simple literary fiction, using a modern setting instead of a fictional one? What changes would have to be made besides the setting itself?
- Genre fiction, unlike literary fiction, often includes a plot twist (or simply a plot!). “Daddy’s Girl” is no exception. How do you like it? Does it work for you?
Feel free to comment here, and I’ll see you at our next meeting.