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Iron Star
By Janice Fosse

Series Description:

In the waning years of the Dust Bowl, ex-goodtime girl Celeste takes care of the family farm and any hobos who come to her door. On the night of the infamous War of the Worlds broadcast, just as everyone else on the planet is relieved to discover the broadcast is a hoax, a creature from another world crashes into Celeste’s barn, in need of her aid. When she learns firsthand that the universe is teeming with life, much of it dangerous, how can she possibly linger in the dust?

Category: Fiction Book Chapters
Updated: Other
Status: Postponed



Author Bio For Janice Fosse:

Janice Fosse has skated on a roller derby team, sings in a women’s barbershop quartet, once yelled at Chris Farley for smoking a cigar, and some of her DNA is on Mars (no, really). Growing up in a large family full of interesting people and legendary stories inspired Janice to lead a life as full of varied experiences and adventures as possible. A graduate of Augustana College with a BFA in theater performance and another BA in English with a creative writing concentration, Janice has been a storyteller all her life, whether through acting, the act of writing, or simply embellishing a memory into a legend in the retelling.

Fed on a steady diet of science fiction and speculative stories, Janice has always preferred the expanse of her imagination to the confines of everyday life, and has built fantastic fictional worlds that now live in storage tubs in her basement. She can honestly say she has lost at least one job due in part to her writing addiction, and has finally decided to give in to her calling and try to get paid for the thing she spent most of her time doing at her previous jobs, anyway.

Janice worked as a public-access producer for the local cable TV franchise for eleven years until she was downsized. She used her severance package as a de facto advance and wrote her first novel, a disappointing slog called Triskele that will never see the light of day. She has written several false starts and abandoned epics since then, as well as gaining moderate acclaim as a Doctor Who fanfiction writer, a fact about which she is not at all ashamed, but probably should be.

While skating in the roller derby, she wrote an article about perseverance for rookie skaters, which was published in Five on Five Magazine, the national publication of the Women’s Flat-Track Derby Association. She also led the league in ejections for a time, but that’s another story.

Janice is also a senior instructor and playwright for Stars of Tomorrow, a program that teaches theater arts to grade school children who would otherwise not get fine arts exposure in the classroom. She has written and directed over a dozen plays to date, including hits such as The Mystery at Blarney Castle, Invaders From the Planet Kleepa, and The Secret Life Inside the Fridge.

She is also the founder of Rockford Improv, an improvisational comedy troupe that has performed in Rockford and the surrounding communities. After a lengthy hiatus, she has plans to resurrect the troupe and begin performing again, because she clearly doesn’t have enough to do.

Janice lives in Rockford, Illinois, the third most dangerous city of its size in America, with her husband, Ken, and their amazing daughter Zoe.

Acknowledgements:

Thanks to my super team of beta readers: Jennifer Hawk, Lindsay Butela, Ann Patel, Jon Ciesla, Zach Coble, and Ashley Aurand! You guys were super helpful getting chapter one into shape, and I'll be calling on you for future chapters! Steve Litteral at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens was an invaluable resource for Great Depression and Dust Bowl era notes and corrections - visit www.tinkercottage.com -

And special thanks, as always, to my husband, Ken. He and our daughter are the reason I breathe, get out of bed and, most importantly, write. I love you both.

Thanks for subscribing, and I hope you enjoy the story!

References:

Listen to the original 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzC3Fg_rRJM







Series Description:

In the waning years of the Dust Bowl, ex-goodtime girl Celeste takes care of the family farm and any hobos who come to her door. On the night of the infamous War of the Worlds broadcast, just as everyone else on the planet is relieved to discover the broadcast is a hoax, a creature from another world crashes into Celeste’s barn, in need of her aid. When she learns firsthand that the universe is teeming with life, much of it dangerous, how can she possibly linger in the dust?

Category: Fiction Book Chapters
Updated: Other
Status: Postponed


Author Bio For Janice Fosse:

Janice Fosse has skated on a roller derby team, sings in a women’s barbershop quartet, once yelled at Chris Farley for smoking a cigar, and some of her DNA is on Mars (no, really). Growing up in a large family full of interesting people and legendary stories inspired Janice to lead a life as full of varied experiences and adventures as possible. A graduate of Augustana College with a BFA in theater performance and another BA in English with a creative writing concentration, Janice has been a storyteller all her life, whether through acting, the act of writing, or simply embellishing a memory into a legend in the retelling.

Fed on a steady diet of science fiction and speculative stories, Janice has always preferred the expanse of her imagination to the confines of everyday life, and has built fantastic fictional worlds that now live in storage tubs in her basement. She can honestly say she has lost at least one job due in part to her writing addiction, and has finally decided to give in to her calling and try to get paid for the thing she spent most of her time doing at her previous jobs, anyway.

Janice worked as a public-access producer for the local cable TV franchise for eleven years until she was downsized. She used her severance package as a de facto advance and wrote her first novel, a disappointing slog called Triskele that will never see the light of day. She has written several false starts and abandoned epics since then, as well as gaining moderate acclaim as a Doctor Who fanfiction writer, a fact about which she is not at all ashamed, but probably should be.

While skating in the roller derby, she wrote an article about perseverance for rookie skaters, which was published in Five on Five Magazine, the national publication of the Women’s Flat-Track Derby Association. She also led the league in ejections for a time, but that’s another story.

Janice is also a senior instructor and playwright for Stars of Tomorrow, a program that teaches theater arts to grade school children who would otherwise not get fine arts exposure in the classroom. She has written and directed over a dozen plays to date, including hits such as The Mystery at Blarney Castle, Invaders From the Planet Kleepa, and The Secret Life Inside the Fridge.

She is also the founder of Rockford Improv, an improvisational comedy troupe that has performed in Rockford and the surrounding communities. After a lengthy hiatus, she has plans to resurrect the troupe and begin performing again, because she clearly doesn’t have enough to do.

Janice lives in Rockford, Illinois, the third most dangerous city of its size in America, with her husband, Ken, and their amazing daughter Zoe.

Acknowledgements:

Thanks to my super team of beta readers: Jennifer Hawk, Lindsay Butela, Ann Patel, Jon Ciesla, Zach Coble, and Ashley Aurand! You guys were super helpful getting chapter one into shape, and I'll be calling on you for future chapters! Steve Litteral at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens was an invaluable resource for Great Depression and Dust Bowl era notes and corrections - visit www.tinkercottage.com -

And special thanks, as always, to my husband, Ken. He and our daughter are the reason I breathe, get out of bed and, most importantly, write. I love you both.

Thanks for subscribing, and I hope you enjoy the story!

References:

Listen to the original 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzC3Fg_rRJM