Pat - What I am currently reading is Krista's "Providence" which I am enjoying. I find her work to be well written, and the characterization seems true for me. I liked her 'Elysium' also. She's current, so I don't know if you'd want to start with her work, or someone else's.
As I said, "here" we can probably talk of any writers or stories, as only the four of us (Je and me, Zara and Pat) can see this forum for now.
My preferences would be, at least for starter:
- online stories
- good stories
- short stories, or not too long ones, sagas, universes and so on: I'd prefer stories that we can read quickly enough to not delay discussion or need a knowledge of "more", the writer's universe or such.