Malissa Kent


Storytelling runs in Malissa's family, so few people were surprised when she made the transition from voracious reader to avid writer. She started out writing terrible poetry and bad song lyrics in middle school, but found her stride in writing novels and short stories. She majored in Creative Writing and French at Knox College and recently completed her MFA in Popular Fiction at Stonecoast. Though Fantasy is her literary darling, she's written a fair share of science fiction, mainstream fiction, poetry, and even French translation. Her work has appeared in literary magazines, as e-books, and in STEAMPUNK III: STEAMPUNK REVOLUTION, edited by Ann VanderMeer. Malissa lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she mountain-gazes while planning her next trip to visit castles for writing research. Her online home is at

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
Everything but horror. I worked at for three years, where I had access to thousands of free print books. I used that opportunity to snag anything that sounded interesting, which greatly expanded my reading horizons! I grew up reading almost exclusively Fantasy, from Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter, but my shelves are now very eclectic--from epic Medieval French poems in the original middle French to narrative nonfiction to historical romances. In fact, since my house has a built-in bookshelf that runs all along my dining room, the first thing guests are drawn to are my books!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I own a 3rd-generation Kindle, only because I used to work at Amazon. My next e-reader will be a Kobo; I love that you can buy books through your local independent bookstore on it!
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Where to find Malissa Kent online


The Match Makers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,470. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Rasp--known in some cultures as Rumpelstiltskin--and the Fairy Godmother work together to match princesses and princes. But when a princess guesses Rasp's true name, his match making abilities are gone. And what seems like a blessing may turn into a curse...
Mind Melding
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,580. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
Convicted criminals are no longer sent to prison as a lost cause...they're offered rehabilitation into normal society. Inmates enter the mind of a civilian for a few days to observe the thought processes of a normal, non-criminally inclined person. Indira is a bank robber who has been in the program since its inception. She's out to escape prison for good. Short story, app. 4,000 words/15 pages

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