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Holly Messinger started writing Madeleine L’Engle fanfic in the third grade, and by the time she got her BA in English, had written more than a million words of original fiction. Her stories inevitably feature snarky female anti-heroes. Her first novel, The Curse of Jacob Tracy, about a psychic cowboy and the mysterious bluestocking who sends him into mortal danger, is due out from Thomas Dunne Books in July, 2014. “End of the Line,” also featuring Jacob Tracy, appeared in Baen’s Universe. Her website is

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