I’m fascinated by tropes in storytelling, and so I’ve decided to write a series of posts examining different tropes within Science Fiction and Fantasy. What is a trope? For the purpose of this blog series, a trope is a concept, whether a character type, setting, or plot element, that is easily recognized by the reader. Because a trope is instantly familiar to the audience, it works as an expositional shortcut for the author. Every genre has its tropes, from the brooding teenage heroes in YA fiction to the naughty billionaire bad-boys in romance. Now, I write in Speculative Fiction, specifically, Read More
The Seeds of Winter finally has a new cover! As subscribers already know, I’m going wide in October, meaning that Seeds will be available from more outlets, including Apple, B&N, Kobo, and Google Play. I’ll reveal the new cover exclusively in my September Newsletter. Not signed up? You can do so on the right!
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Star Trek. And since I also love strong women characters, it’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of Captain Kathryn Janeway. Although she was afflicted by the A Strong Woman Cannot Cook trope (seriously, having a woman burn a pot roast in a replicator is so much more insulting to her strong-woman-ness than her being able to whip up a soufflé), she remains to this day one of my most admired fictional characters. She was smart, witty, and compassionate, and treated all life forms, even holographic ones, with respect. She Read More
I’ve been thinking about strong women protagonists lately as I write the sequel to The Seeds of Winter. I tend to value strong women in my creative outlets. The characters I write, the movies and TV shows I watch, the books I read, and even my avatars in the video games I play all include strong women protagonists. Writing the protagonists that carry your story is tricky. Writing strong women protagonists can be even more so, especially if you’re a writer who is conscious how the facets of your character’s personality and actions relate to and represent woman-ness (did I Read More
When I woke up, five years had passed. The war over our creation is over. The planet is devastated and the modern world destroyed along with most of the human race. My only connection to the world I once knew is Tor, a stranger who protected me as I slept. A cyborg. Like me. Others of our kind are out there. I can see what they see, and it’s terrifying. To save them we must navigate a hostile landscape and confront those who oppose our very existence, including one of our own. As we begin to doubt the true nature Read More
BLURB “I am Ilanna, Journeyman of House Hawk. I do the impossible.” A cunning thief of unrivaled ingenuity, Ilanna is determined to secure her freedom. Nothing will prevent her escape from the Night Guild’s callous cruelty, not even the most powerful man in Praamis, Duke Phonnis. Commanding a crew of pickpockets, bounty hunters, poisoners, and assassins, Ilanna schemes to disgrace the Duke. She must survive blackmail, a bloodthirsty rival syndicate, and enemies within her own House to claim her spoils: vengeance for the deaths of her friends and gold to buy independence. But all Ilanna’s skill may not suffice Read More