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.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.
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.