Coming October 3, 2022 from Chrism Press

Markmaker

A Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novel

He swore to paint the truth. Now he is living a lie.

For the Noxxiin people, tattoos define identity: they commemorate birth, ancestry, accomplishments—even crimes. As a tattoo artist living on an ancient generation ship, Mariikel Serix has sworn to record the truth. So when he becomes an unwilling accomplice in the banishment of an innocent man, he is horrified that he has broken his oath—and his eyes are opened to the misery of the Underbelly, the realm of the outcasts.

Speculative Fiction Author

Mary Jessica Woods

Mary Jessica Woods was raised and homeschooled in the Chicago suburbs, where she read as many adventure stories as she could get her hands on. At the age of ten, she realized she was doomed to be a writer and has been following the muse ever since.

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Paint me an honor-sign, maker of marks,
Seal its sigils shining,
Trace out a truth in violet and gold,
All for my little soldier.
Kesh alah ke’la, kesh alah ke’la,
Marks for my little soldier.

– Old Noxxiin Lullaby

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Meet the Cast: Markmaker Character Art Reveals

Meet the Cast: Markmaker Character Art Reveals

My novel Markmaker releases in just two weeks (what? How did we even get here??). As part of the celebrations, I commissioned my talented friend Monica Chenet to create portraits of my alien artists and warriors. She did an incredible job—I was blown away by the...