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May 13, 2012

“Super Deluxe” will appear in BuzzyMag June 8, 2012.

“Bread and Ashtrays” has been accepted to The Chrysalis Reader’s Patterns issue.

“Every day is a good day for hockey” made the final rounds of Chicken Soup for the Hockey Lover’s Soul.

And…we’re trying to save the rhinos. Please, please, please help us fight the poachers on this one. Don’t let the bad guys win. We’re holding a fundraiser, as is outlined on the Facebook page and here in the Seaway News. My article on South Africa will appear in the Medical Post on June 5, 2012.

July 7, 2011

I sold my leprechaun story, “Super Deluxe,” to Buzzy Mag.

I sold my science fiction story about a 99-year-old grandmother actor to Mirror Shards:  Extending the Edges of Augmented Reality.

Honorable Mention in The Binnacle’s Eighth Annual International Ultra-Short Competition.

June 9, 2011

I’m on Dialogue today, a radio talk show hosted by Joshua Graham and Susan Wingate, at 1300 EST.  Come visit!

I won an honorable mention for my poem, “Hunting and Gathering on Earth,” by the Binnacle.

The Medical Post just published one of my humor articles, “A Pain in the Toenails.”

The Dragon and the Stars is a finalist for the Aurora Award.

But…the CBC will not be producing Code Blues.

April 15, 2011

Fun with Books, a local non-profit group, wants to publish Max’s Magic Hat.

Bride of the Golem has accepted WWWJD, my story about the Wandering Jew vs. Noah the Wizard vs. Facebook/Twitter/modern capitalist society.  I learned a lot about Jewish culture along the way, from Heschel to Snapple (which is kosher, btw).  Thanks, Gus Ginsburg

Listen to Red, my short story about medical technology, for free on StarShip Sofa.  It originally appeared in Nature, but you needed a subscription to read it.  I originally wrote it in undergrad when researching reproductive technology and added more medical deets when I became a doctor.

My copy of Bewere the Night came in the mail today.  Looks wonderful!  I like the cover, the trade paperback size, and now I’m about to dive into the content.

January 17, 2011

The CBC is commissioning a medical drama from me!  Insert violins, fireworks, stars, cherubs singing…

January 1, 2011

I am starting a new publishing imprint, Olo Books.

Indian Time is up on and

Fred’s white mother-in-law steals his sons away. The courts won’t listen to a Mohawk ex-junkie. Should he kill her to get them back?

“One of the more impressive entries is Melissa Yi’s moving ‘Indian Time,’ about Mohawk Fred Redish’s painful attempts to visit his young sons under the care of his white mother-in-law.”–Publishers Weekly review of _Indian Country Noir_

“Beautiful writing, complicated characters, dark themes. It will stick with me.” —CC Geddes

“a gut-wrenching ride. And I mean that in the best possible way….[V]ery powerful…exquisitely told.”
Louisa Swann

Next project:  Your Baby is Safe in both ebook and print formats.  Because you just have so much time with a newborn, why not start a publishing empire?

Just sold a short story, “The Sinews of His Heart,” to Bewere the Night.  I haven’t sold any fiction for a long time, so I’m stoked.  Happy new year!

“The Cancer Christmas” debuted in Chicken Soup for the Soul:  the Gift of Christmas (Walmart), a.k.a. Chicken Soup for the Soul:  Tales of Christmas (Amazon, Barnes & Noble).

I like this one because it has lovely red paper inside.  Max prefers the other cover, which I can’t seem to insert into the post, but shows Santa kneeling and taking toys out of his bag.  It’s a much more static image and the book has green paper inside (boo), but Max was insistent.  “I like toys,” he reasoned, and would not be moved even though I said Santa had toys in his sled and wouldn’t he rather keep the book with red paper?

This is relevant because they sent me ten copies, but I only kept one.  The rest went to friends and relatives and I’m sending one copy each to The Ottawa Hospital and St. Vincent’s Hospital in thanks for looking after my dad.

Dragon and the Stars Makes Bakka’s Top 5 Mass Market Paperbacks of 2010!

Cool beans.  Our book was a top 5 bestseller in 2010 at the way cool independent sf bookstore, Bakka Phoenix Books, in T.O.  We love you, Bakka.

Mass Market
1. Wake, Robert J. Sawyer*
2. Sandman Slim, Richard Kadrey
3. Lord of the Changing Winds, Rachel Neumeier
4. Julian Comstock, Robert Charles Wilson*
5. Dragon and the Stars, Derwin Mak* & Eric Choi*, eds.

October 18, 2010

I’m back from Rutgers One-on-One conference (highly recommended and I promise to blog about this) and discovered that my short story, “My Two-Legs” placed second for Best Fiction in the Cornwall Public Library Writing Contest.  Woot!


[i]Featuring local authorMelissa Yuan-Inneswriting as Melissa Yi “One of the more impressive entries is Melissa Yi’s moving‘Indian Time’…”–Publishers Weekly

Saturday, October 2 · 12-2:00 p.m.

Second Time Around Books

58 Main S, Alexandria

Gale at (613)525-9940,

Tuesday, October 5 · 6:30-8:00pm

Williamstown Public Library

19692 William Street, Williamstown

Kathleen at (613) 347-3397,

Free & all are welcome

[i] Author photo by Jessica Sarrazin

Saturday, August 21, 2010

I will officially appear at CanCon on this date!  Just one panel,

What’s Up With Canadian Speculative Fiction (Sat at 1 pm)

with the excellent Eric Choi, co-editor of _The Dragon and the Stars_.  This is my first panel ever.  Not sure what to do except smile and try not to spit into the microphone.  Wish me luck, and if you’re there, please come and say hi–and find out wassup with Canadian SF.

August 1, 2010

Chicken Soup official accepts my Christmas story about my father, “The Cancer Christmas.”  I think of non-fiction as a) a way to honour people I care about (including Olo, our dog), b) fun, and c) profitable.

July 7, 2010

Publishers Weekly calls me “impressive” and “moving!”

Full review here:

Indian Country Noir Edited by Sarah Cortez and Liz Martínez. Akashic, $15.95 paper (300p) ISBN 978-1-936070-05-3

Written by both Native American and non-Native authors, the 14 stories in this worthy volume in Akashic’s noir series range geographically from northern Canada to Puerto Rico and from New York’s Adirondacks to Los Angeles. One of the more impressive entries is Melissa Yi’s moving “Indian Time,” about Mohawk Fred Redish’s painful attempts to visit his young sons under the care of his white mother-in-law. “,” David Cole’s story of a woman forced to forge a new identity for a drug lord or see her family slain, works perfectly. Leonard Schonberg’s “Lame Elk,” about an alcoholic’s last chance to reform, is a noir gem. Co-editor Martínez’s poignant “Prowling Wolves” recounts the sad fate of Iwo Jima flag-raiser Ira Hayes. Other contributors include Lawrence Block, Jean Rae Baxter, Reed Farrel Coleman, and Gerard Houarner. (June)

Please feel free to “like” the Facebook page here.

Coming October 2, 2010:  book launch for Indian Country Noir at

Second Time Around Books (Alexandria)


May 19, 2010

Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog’s Life sent me a contract for “Olo is gone,” my story about our courageous, beloved golden retriever mix.  I really wanted to publish a story about Olo, but most dog journals won’t accept stories about dead dogs, or at most offer a spot on their website to eulogize.  But I wanted to honour Olo, one of the best friends I have ever known, so I’m very happy about this.  They make final decisions about which stories make the final cut in March 2011, but in the meantime, hooray for Olo!

Friday, March 19, 2010  7:30 p.m.


Book Launch for Escape Clause:  The Anthology

Featuring local authors

Leslie Brown, Phil Voyd, & Melissa Yuan-Innes

Collected Works

Tel. 613-722-1265

Jan 19, 2010

Hey, my poem “Metamorphosis” is eligible for an Aurora Award.  Are you Canadian?  Feel free to nominate me for this annual contest in the best Canadian SF.

For the mail-in nomination form: [link] (postmark deadline: February 5th, 2010)

For the online nomination form: [link] (On-line deadline:  Feb 15th, 2010.)

Online instructions:
Type your contact info in, scroll down to Best Short-Form Work In English – 2009
and paste Melissa Yuan-Innes, “Metamorphosis,” Escape Clause, the Anthology
(or the works of your choice).  Thanks!

Jan 2, 2010

Dragon and the Stars hits the shelves May 4!  Pre0rder on or your local friendly bookstore.

Editors: Derwin Mak and Eric Choi

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: DAW Books (May 2010)
Language: English

ISBN-10: 0756406188

ISBN-13: 978-0756406189

The Dragon and the Stars will be the first collection of science fiction and fantasy stories written by ethnic Chinese living outside of China.  It will feature new fiction from Chinese writers in Canada, the United States, the Philippines, Singapore, and Hong Kong.  Here are the stories in order of their appearance in the book:

Introduction by Tess GerritsenNew York Times bestselling novelist.

“The Character of the Hound” by Tony Pi (Canada)
During the war between the Southern Song and the Jin Dynasties, a soldier allows a spirit to possess his body so he can solve a murder.

“The Fortunes of Mrs. Yu” by Charles Tan (Philippines)
A Filipino Chinese woman is horrified that each of her fortune cookies has a blank strip of paper inside it.

“Goin Down to Anglotown” by William F. Wu (United States)
In an alternate America that is dominated by Asians, three young Asian men go out for a night of intrigue in exotic “Anglotown”.

“The Polar Bear Carries the Mail” by Derwin Mak (Canada)
Chinese investors and a Chinese Canadian pilot try to start a space tourism business in northern Canada.  Unfortunately, they have bad feng shui at their spaceport.

“Lips of Ash” by Emery Huang (United States)
During the time of a historical dynasty, a cosmetics artist uses dark magic to help the ambitious mistress of a nobleman.

“The Man on the Moon” by Crystal Gail Shangkuan Koo (Hong Kong)
Yue Lao (月老), the Man on the Moon, hosts a beauty pageant to find a bride.

“Across the Sea” by Emily Mah (United States)
A Tlingowa Native American woman’s aunt tells a legend about mysterious visitors who came to America hundreds of years ago.

“Mortal Clay, Stone Heart” by Eugie Foster (United States)
During the reign of the First Emperor, a clay sculptor finds love and tragedy with a soldier.

Dancers with Red Shoes” by Melissa Yuan-Innes (Canada)
In Montréal, magical red shoes dance by themselves.

“Intelligent Truth” by Shelly Li (United States)
A young Chinese American woman discovers truths about herself and her mother’s intelligent robotic servant.

“Bargains” by Gabriela Lee (Singapore)
A young woman meets a strange shopkeeper in Chinatown. The shopkeeper sells success as a writer – but with a terrible price.

“Threes” by E.L. Chen (Canada)
A Canadian man thinks his dead wife has become a Chinese dragon in Lake Ontario.

“The Son of Heaven” by Eric Choi (Canada)
The Chinese rocket scientist Tsien Hsue-shen (钱学森) is persecuted during the Red Scare in America in the 1950s.

“Shadow City” by Susan Ee (United States)
In a fantasy universe, a gatekeeper must stop people from leaving an evil place called Shadow City.

“The Water Weapon” by Brenda W. Clough (United States)
The British police are suspicious of a talking Chinese dragon and a Chinese princess who appear at the Great Exposition of 1851 in London.

“The Right to Eat Decent Food” by Urania Fung (United States)
Two American English teachers in China will do anything to get decent food during the SARS epidemic.

“Papa and Mama” by Wen Y Phua (Singapore)
A Chinese daughter struggles to remain dutiful to her late parents, who are inconveniently reincarnated as a fish and a bird.

“Běidŏu” by Ken Liu (United States)
In the Ming war against Japan, an ingenious Chinese army officer invents new weapons to defeat the Japanese.

Afterword by Derwin Mak and Eric Choi

December 1, 2009

Decided to go with a pseudonym, Melissa Yi, for my first mystery publication, “Indian Time” in Indian Country Noir by Akashic Books.  People who’ve known me for years still can’t say or spell my name.  Either my fans will get confused or they’ll figure it out.  In the meantime, looks like a stellar book.  I even love the way they divided the table of contents into the four points of the compass and included our photos in the contributors section.  I feel like quite the baby writer compared to, say, Lawrence Block and the rest of my fellow contributors.  But we all have to start somewhere, right?  And this way I get to rub shoulders (or pages) with more greatness.

November 23, 2009

I sent back my contract for “Dancers with Red Shoes,” to be published by DAW books in The Dragon and the Stars in 2010.  My first contract from Martin H. Greenberg!  My favourite title in the collection is “The Right to Eat Decent Food.”  If you know anything about Chinese people, you will understand why that title rawks.


Thanks to everyone who made the book launch a success.  I’ve sold every copy I ordered and I’ll order more if there’s enough demand.  MWAH to all you local book lovers!

Fri Nov 27, 7 p.m., Sat Nam Yoga (Cornwall)

For one night only…literature at the yoga studio! Come to the
reading, drink mint tea & be merry.
Tel. (613) 930-9314 (Erin)

Sat, Nov. 28th  12-2 p.m.
Second Time Around Books (Alexandria)

Ottawa author Leslie Brown will make an appearance

Come for the party & browse Alexandria’s beloved bookstore, home of
new and used books.  Proudly supporting local authors.

58 Main S
Alexandria, ON K0C 1A0


Tel. (613) 525-9940 (Gale)


On sale: Escape Clause
26 tales of magic and science fiction
Only $19.95

26 stories of magic and mayhem, including a poem by local author
Melissa Yuan-Innes about the next generation of the desperate

Original science fiction and fantasy chosen by a new
Vancouver publisher, featuring everything from sentient statues to
minotaurs.  Only $19.95, less than a dollar per tale.

For you Facebookers, kindly RSVP.


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