Deidre J Owen


Deidre J Owen was born in Lexington, Kentucky, but aside from a stint in the Canadian Maritimes she has spent a majority of her time in the Tampa Bay area in Florida. A versatile writer, Deidre has taken joy in a variety of genres including science fiction, weird fiction, speculative fiction, horror, humor, children's books, and Christian themes. She has a published children's picture book series called "The Heaven Zoo" as well as a number of short stories, novelettes, and novellas.

In 2019, she partnered with editor and fellow indie author Ronald Linson to establish independent publishing house Mannison Press. Specializing in short-form fiction, Mannison Press publishes in a wide variety of genres of varying lengths, including flash fiction, short stories, novelettes, and novellas.

Although formerly a certified veterinary technician by trade (with a quirky history of random interests), Deidre is currently loving life with her husband in Lithia, Florida, as a writer, publisher, and work-from-home mother to the couple’s young daughter.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I guess I've always been a writer. My mother saved my first "book" that I wrote in the third grade. Bound in purple construction paper, it was a fully illustrated story about a family of rocks living on Mars. (I cringe to look at it, but apparently she was impressed with it back in the day.) While I didn't take on any large scale projects until adulthood, I would often write little things for personal pleasure or as an outlet for the angst of youth. And I couldn't help but throw myself into my school writings. Time and again, teachers saved my papers as their classroom example, and classmates grumbled as I set new standards (and quietly slid under my desk). I never won any awards, but I do feel like I left a sort of academic legacy along the way.
What are you working on next?
All the things! When discussing how to juggle my miscellany with my co-author, Ronald Linson, he made the observation that this seems to be a common problem with creative people -- overworking ourselves with multiple projects. He speaks such truth! As of this summer (2018), I am nearing completion on a six-part children's chapter books series, after which I'll be launching into a collaboration on a new children's series. I also have several adult novellas stashed away patiently awaiting their turn, and my variety blog is a wonderful outlet for essays, poetry, and ramblings on faith and parenthood. (Not to mention any surprise short stories that ambush me along the way!)
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Where to find Deidre J Owen online


Faux Paws
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,710. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2023 by Mannison Press, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
Sometimes, life can be taken at face value; other times, there's more than meets the eye. Is your house pet just an average cat, or is she a witch's familiar searching for her companion? Was that animal you encountered in the woods just a bear, or was it a mysterious cryptid? Beware how you approach the animals in this collection of tales, because jumping to conclusions may prove to be a faux pas!
Belongings and Possessions
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,110. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2023 by Mannison Press, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
An adolescent dancer is targeted by an ominous presence, a bullied pre-teen is enticed by an old ghost story, and a troubled teenager tags along with her feisty great-gran to harvest jasmine from the mysterious ruins in the woods. Three tales, three voices, one malevolence.
Power Vacuum
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 28,510. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2022 by Mannison Press, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
When an unexpected shift in the balance of power catches a team of vigilantes off guard, their disbelief suddenly becomes a whole new problem!
The Fall of Domestic-212
Price: Free! Words: 4,150. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2022 by Mannison Press, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The novella "Terminal Faults" explores the tragic story of Civic-1916 and, through his eyes, conveys the experiences and the events which led to his condemnation. Now, find out what truly happened to his arch nemesis, Domestic-212, and how the two Qubots came to blows, doomed to fall together...doomed to eternal exile in the Obsidian Rooms.
Terminal Faults
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 27,610. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2022 by Mannison Press, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Wandering aimlessly, nine condemned souls unknowingly circle each other: a duplicitous foursome, dysfunctional gluttons, a serial killer, and a pair of deranged mortal enemies. As they suffer the consequences of their poor decisions in life, they are unable to fully grasp how deception and self-serving motives can only lead to one's own downfall—whether one is human or otherwise.
The Good, the Bad, & the Cute: The Secret Ways of Dolls
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 22,120. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2021 by Mannison Press, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Modern or antique; benign or malevolent; porcelain, stuffed, articulated, or life-size, dolls have long been a subject of fascination. This eclectic collection of diminutive tales explores the many enchanting facets of these inanimate curiosities and their secret ways. But then again, "inanimate" is just the assumption...
To Be a Dark Mother: A Shared Experience in the Patchwork Lands
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,640. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2021 by Mannison Press, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
The Lord of the Lake deeply adores all his Dark Mothers, but he has developed a particular fascination with his next bride-to-be. In this shared experience, five separate voices cry out into the cosmos to tell their woeful tales. Come explore the depths of love, passion, hope, and hopelessness as the saga plays out in this bleak, dying corner of Ronald Linson's Patchwork Lands.
Little Boy Lost: More Tales of Youth Disrupted
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,990. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2020 by Mannison Press, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
This multinational anthology has brought together authors from across the US, Canada, and the UK, with genres including horror, fantasy, drama, sci-fi, and even a little romance. What binds these stories together are the disruptions: losses of innocence, of people, of hope...of one’s mind. Fraught with peril, emotion, and journeys most incredible, this collection of tales is sure to draw you in.
Little Girl Lost: Thirteen Tales of Youth Disrupted
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,900. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2019 by Mannison Press, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
This anthology has brought together authors from across America and Canada, representing genres ranging from horror to fantasy to science fiction. What binds these authors and their stories together are the disruptions: losses of innocence, of people, of hope...of one’s way. Fraught with peril, emotion, and journeys most incredible, this collection of tales is sure to draw you in. Don’t get lost.
The Salted Cabin
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,230. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2019 by Mannison Press, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A group of ghost hunters set out to investigate an abandoned cabin deep in the woods of North Carolina. They knew about the history. They knew about the deaths. It’s too bad they didn’t take the botched exorcism more seriously.
I Actually Dreamed This Crazy Nonsense
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,850. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2019 by Mannison Press, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
From rebel leaders to bounty hunters... From alien seascapes to flying cities... I actually dreamed this crazy nonsense.
Overworked: A Legal Fiction
Price: Free! Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2018 by Mannison Press, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Business
(5.00 from 1 review)
Law student Joshua Jacobs is exhausted! He's deep into his final semester, the Bar Exam looms large on the horizon, and the family drama just won't quit...why did he think he could work part time, too? Another night of study and he might just lose his mind! Overworked: A Legal Fiction, by Deidre J Owen & Ronald Linson.

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