Rasmenia Massoud


Rasmenia Massoud was born just outside of Washington D.C. somewhere during the era of Hunter S. Thompson vs. Nixon, but never lived there. She just happened to be in the area. She grew up in Colorado where she made a living with both blue and white collars at various times in her life before deciding that collars are not good, and that writing stories was very good.

In addition to spending several years in various Colorado towns, she has also lived in Florida, Pennsylvania, Indiana, England, Paris, and the French countryside; traveling to a number of states and countries in between. All the while, thinking deeply about the places and the people she encounters, and writing things down. She looks for the cracks, the scars under the flesh, gathers them up and molds them into stories in an effort to understand what fascinates, confuses and infuriates her the most: human beings.

Rasmenia Massoud is the author of the short story collections HUMAN DETRITUS and BROKEN ABROAD. Dozens of her stories have been published online and in print, including The Foundling Review, The Lowestoft Chronicle, Literary Orphans, Metazen, The Molotov Cocktail, Full of Crow, Flash Fiction Offensive, Black Heart Magazine, Every Day Fiction, Big Pulp, and Underground Voices. A third collection and two novellas are also forthcoming.

Rasmenia blogs semi-regularly about the awkwardness, frustration and joy of expatriation, food, the craft of writing, and the learning curves that come from being a broken, awkward, and dysfunctional human. She currently lives in southern England with her husband, their loyal chocolate lab and mischievous feline sidekick.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Any number of things, really. I probably do the same things you do. I read a lot. I spend time staring at electronic screens. I cook, exercise and play with my dog on the living room floor. I like to travel when I can and make embarrassing attempts at speaking foreign languages.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was 11 years old, I wrote a story about what I would do if I only had one day left to live for a class assignment. Later on, at the end of the school year, I won an award for that story. It was a good day.
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Where to find Rasmenia Massoud online

Where to buy in print


You Don't See Any of This
Price: $1.99 $1.49 USD. (25% off!) Words: 35,310. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
You Don't See Any of This is an emotional, quirky, and sometimes dangerous tour through the lives of downtrodden, regular, working-class characters who inhabit complicated inner worlds. Many of whom we all might recognize, if we only take the time to look.
Human Detritus
Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 26,290. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Female authors, Fiction » Literature » Literary
HUMAN DETRITUS is a collection of nine short works about the kind of people we’ve all encountered: a victim. A teacher. A dysfunctional family. A slut and a factory worker. Told with caustic anger and sardonic humor, these are stories of human debris left behind by some and absorbed by others.
Broken Abroad
Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 26,680. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literary collections » Female authors
BROKEN ABROAD is a collection of stories about nine different Americans in Europe. They are not searching for traces of their ancestors. They’re searching for themselves, for the meaning of home and the road forward. These are stories of the lost, damaged and grief-stricken who have run far away from home, to another country, only to find that life and death will follow them everywhere.

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