Melissa Lee Shaw

My Writing

I write and edit technical documentation, game content, and speculative fiction. I've spent more than 10 years in various roles in technical documentation. I'm also a Clarion West graduate and a winner of the Writers of the Future contest. My short fiction has appeared in a variety of top markets, including Asimov's, Analog, Realms of Fantasy, and several anthologies. My short story, "The Sea Hag," was translated for a French anthology.

I'm currently looking for opportunities to write and edit for the video game industry. I created a short, 3D action-adventure game called Grand Invasion: A Full-Scale Assault, as a portfolio piece to showcase my writing. I used Blender for 3D modeling and animation, and the Unreal Development Kit (UDK) for level design. You can see a short video preview here:

My technical writing samples:

An informal tutorial I wrote about how to make a trampoline in the Unreal Development Kit (UDK):

Samples of the dialog I wrote for Medusa, a hero in Valve's Dota2 game (I contributed more than half of these):

My video game reviews:

Samples of my (published) short fiction:

In chronological order, my fiction publications to date:

My first sale, "Harpbreak," won second prize in the Writers of the Future contest and hit print in L. Ron Hubbard Presents the Writers of the Future, Volume XI. It garnered me my first Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.
My second piece of speculative fiction, "Heat," was published in Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers, an erotic fantasy anthology edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, and won my second Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. It's out in both trade and mass market paperback editions.
My third short story, "The Sea Hag," was published in Silver Birch, Blood Moon, an anthology of retold fairy tales also edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. "The Sea Hag" is retelling of "The Little Mermaid" from a different point of view.
Il Etait Une Fée is a French anthology containing a translation of "The Sea Hag" called "La Sorciére de la Mer," published by Editions de l'Oxymore.
My novelet, "A Deeper Rest," published in the January 2002 issue of Analog, is my sole SF publication.
My novelet, "The Good Doctor," hit the newsstands in the February 2005 issue of Realms of Fantasy.
My short story, "Far From the Tree," appeared in the Daw anthology Children of Magic. I'm working on a fantasy trilogy set in the same world.
My short story, "Delilah's Dames in Nomadsland," appeared in the anthology Bash Down the Door and Slice Open the Badguy.
My short story, "Foster," appeared in the October/November 2006 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.

About Me

I'm an aficionado of Early Music, animals in general, and dolphins in particular. I got my Master's degree conducting dolphin language research. The field still fascinates me.

I've been fostering cats, kittens, and dogs for the Humane Society for more than a decade.

Last updated 10/15/2012 by me.