Parrish Blue

Vanessa MacLaren-Wray

Sallie never expected to discover a world she’d forgotten how to imagine.

Maxfield’s is the place to see and be seen.

Sallie Anaro always dreamed of living immersed in beauty, and she’s now one of the elite team making this fabulous restaurant a retreat for Earth’s powerful and fortunate.

When a scruffy off-worlder stumbles in, gazing at the artistic décor like a tourist, Sallie has no idea he’s about to shatter her worldview. Inspired by kindness, she resolves to give him the perfect Maxfield’s experience. As she guides him through the menu, course by delectable course, his love of art helps her rediscover what those dreams once meant to her.

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About The Author

Vanessa MacLaren-Wray

Vanessa MacLaren-Wray

Vanessa MacLaren-Wray writes science fiction and fantasy exploring the challenges of communication and attachment in a diverse, complex universe. She’s the author of All That Was Asked, with a two-book sequel coming in early 2023. She’s a member of the Truck Stop at the Center of the Galaxy consortium, with “Coke Machine” and The Smugglers. Her short fiction has appeared with Dragon Gems and in the award-winning anthology Fault Zone: Reverse. She hosts regular online open mics for the California Writers Club and acts as a guest host for the podcast Small Publishing in a Big Universe. She is also an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

As an energy systems engineer, she has analyzed electric power systems, studied climate-safe technology, and written extensively on energy issues. The oddball robots she builds out of kids’ toys and stray parts do not seek to destroy humans — instead, they brew tea and play music. Vanessa lives in farm country, where fields of strawberries and artichokes hold the developers at bay. When not arguing with her cats, she works on new stories, her email journal Messages from the Oort Cloud, and her website, Cometary Tales. Find all her connections at


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