Laura E. Price’s story “The Lost Languages of Exiles” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 8 September 2017. Metaphorosis

In many ways, “The Lost Languages of Exiles” is a story that you can read to get to know me. I wrote the last scene first, a long time ago, and it lived on my hard drive for a long time after that, because I didn’t think I wrote romances. I liked it quite a lot, though, and sometimes I’d open the file and read it over–this scene I had apparently written just for myself.

It took a while, but eventually my brain (on my commute; whose brain doesn’t get really creative in traffic?) started adding to it: lots of bits and pieces of other things that lived on my hard drive and needed a home–Laendish, IWT and its behavior mods, the Courisemes and the royal family they protect–became part of Lia’s story. I love stories where fantasy tropes mix with science fiction; I like futures with dystopian elements that are taken for granted by the people who live with them; I dig a good, long, 99%-consonants Welsh name, so into the mix it all went.

Of course, now the story isn’t just mine anymore, even if it is made up of things I like and have kept for years. But I’m totally willing to share the contents of my hard drive, and I hope these bits and pieces are something you’ll want to open and read more than once.


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