New Release – The White Renegade

My novella is out, everyone!

Free awesome queer sci-fi (kinda) adventures for everyone!

I mentioned The White Renegade a bit last week, but since preorders never show up as free on Amazon, and Kobo was being difficult, I kinda let it drop for a while. But it’s here! Today is the launch!

Blurb

Between bisexuality and albinism, Seraphin always felt like an outsider in his own town. He finally finds companionship in Alex, a genderless teenager who interns over summer. With them, he learns to trust himself and his instincts. It leads Seraphin to leave his town and join the army invading his country, but when his squad is ordered to raid his hometown, Seraphin finds his new life may come at the price of his old.

Why is this totally an awesome read and you should check it out, by a totally biased author.

  1. It’s short. This novella is ~20k word (60 pages), which can take you about two hours to read. It’s a fun, intense read, which may or may not leave you emotionally scarred.
  2. Bisexual lead. Using the word bisexual. Being a badass.
  3. Agender and aromantic partner. Because the A at the start of Alex’s name isn’t just a coincidence, I guess.
  4. Awesome queer characters supporting each other. Alex and Seraphin are absolute cuties, and both are respectful of each other, and when things get rough they stick together and shit.
  5. Free. No money for books? This one’s free.
  6. You could get Viral Airwaves for free, too. Here’s the thing. If you read The White Renegade, review it on Amazon and Kobo, and send the review link to my publisher, Incandescent Phoenix Book, the next book is on them. Meaning, you can use this novella to check if you like what I read, and if you do, you can more for the price of a review!

I’m super sure there’s more and I can’t think about it. The book’s page on my tiny website has a list of triggers, too, so you can check if it’s safe for you. If you need more info about them, don’t hesitate to ask.

With all of that said, please head on to Amazon or Kobo to download it!

How to Care For Your Indie Writer

So I’ve received a lot of questions from people wondering what they could do to help me out. I’m going to try and keep this short. It really isn’t that complicated.

1) Buy the book

Obviously, it helps. Not just because you just gave me money, but also because it makes the sales go up. It also really helps with #2 and #3. So if you can afford to and my silly, heart-wrenching sci-fi is something vaguely interesting to you, you should definitely buy the book.

2) Talk about it. 

Word of Mouth is pretty much the only marketing I get, but it works. Talk about to book to colleagues and friends, especially those you know enjoy science fiction and fantasy. It helps if you read it, of course, but even if not. They might. So talk about it person, or on facebook and twitter and any other social media you know about. Every like, comment and share helps. The only way I’ll get new readers is if you mention the book to people I don’t know at all.

3) Reviews. 

This one matters a lot, too. Review the book on Amazon.com (I say .com because these will show on the canadian site, while the amazon.ca reviews won’t show on the US one, so if you want to drop a review, it’s best to go to the US site) or Kobo or wherever you bought it. This not only gives future possible readers an idea of what to expect, but it gives the book something called “social proof”, which is another word for the mystery of Amazon’s algorithms. In the long run we know it helps my chances to be showcased to strangers, and just my rank in general. So reviews are always welcome! They help spreading the word, and I just love the feedback. :)

Interview on Asexual Artist

Hey everyone!

Just a quick word to let you know you ought to check out Asexual Artist. They’re a blog dedicated on showcasing artists (whether they write, or draw, or play music or anything) that identify as Asexual, and I had an interview up today!

Makes me feel like a real professional to be answering questions like these. Go take a look, and if you want browse the other artists, too. There are some cool writers in there.

Upcoming Short in Vitality Issue #1

Hey everyone!

I’m really excited about Viral Airwaves‘ launch yesterday. I had a great time eating instant noodles and taking pictures of myself in this very dignified activity.

But I have more great news! My short story, The Best Day, has been selected by Vitality to be a part of the first Issue! Vitality is a LGBT+ magazine dedicated to publishing entertaining fiction featuring LBGT+ characters. Or, in their own words:

Vitality seeks to be an escape for the reader. A safe place full of wonder and awesome where the reader can see characters like themselves doing things like battling dragons, solving crimes, acting in a circus, or traveling the world. All genres and styles can be found in Vitality. The only limit is your imagination.

You can pre-order the digital (5$) or print (10$) copy on their website right now. And if you wanted to check out what they have, you could also download their free minizine!

I’m very proud to be a part of the first issue. I have worked hard throughout the last two years to make my writing ever more inclusive. The protagonist of this piece is a character I’ve had with me for a long time, one of my first LGBT+ character and an all time favorite. It feels fitting for him to be among my first publication. (And I love him. Did I mention that I love Varden? Coincidentally, he is part of the novel I am working on right now).

So very excited for this release, and I’ll be looking forward to having a paper copy in my hand!!

A Toe in the Amazing Land of Solarpunk

The first time I read the term “Solarpunk”, I got really excited. First before I was struggling to find a genre for Viral Airwaves, and this seemed like it might fit (it kind of does). Second because I am a big sucker for steampunk, and for new solar technologies.

Futuristic City that fit the solarpunk genre

Futuristic City that fit the solarpunk genre

But what is solarpunk? It is a genre that reenvisions the future as driven by renewable sources of energy, in eco-friendly and self-sustaining communities. Steampunk had cogs, steam and blue electricity. Solarpunk has trees, solar energy, bioluminescent algae. Its aesthetics aren’t Victorian Era; they tend towards Art Nouveau. And here are three characteristics of the genre that really make me happy:

1) Eco-friendly

Solarpunk’s very core is that it looks at a future where we in fact survived the disappearance of oil, where we managed to scale back our imprint on the planet and learn to live on Earth without screwing it up. It draws its inspiration from green technologies like solar windows and roadways, and from curvy architectural innovation, such as the bamboo house or the botanical apartments in Phucket, Thailand.

2) Nature-inspired

I love how so much of the inspiration behind solarpunk is drawn from natural shapes, or innovations already existing in nature. From the use of slimography and biomimicry as ways of conceptualising efficient techs, to the use of nature in the designs of accessories and clothes [click all those links, seriously], nature informs a lot of the genre’s technologies and style. As a big big fan of bioengineering, who loves to see bacteria and fungi used in tech, this makes me really giddy.

3) Community

A lot of the solarpunk imaginary worlds out there rely on close-knit, self-sustained community, where every individual contributes to the whole. This is reflected in things like having solar panels on every roof, and thus powering the whole community from the individual houses instead of having one big solar panel field. It also means community gardens, large public spaces, close confines.

It can (and to me will) mean a world that moved past capitalism, at least on the community level. And to me that’s where the “punk” comes in. To build viable where so much is shared–and which won’t kill the planet–you have to do away with the idea of constant growth and profit.

4) Diversity

When you look at solarpunk fanart or read through text posts about it, you realise that a lot of the inspiration comes from non-european country. Which makes sense, because the western world isn’t leading solar techs at all. So, racial diversity is already very common, and a lot of the time it doesn’t stop there. It ties with the close-knit community that no one is left behind, that no one is excluded. In my mind solarpunk means that those beautiful curved patterns in building designs lead to ramps for wheelchair users, for example.

The amount of positivity and optimism in this genre is amazing. It’s a refreshing change from the post-apocalyptic and dystopic universes out there (which are great genres, mind you, I love them too). I think it’s an incredible space to build adventures to bring positive representations to diverse characters. Yes, solarpunk creates ideal worlds in many ways, but it’s also a look into what could be. And heck, what should be.

This genre appeals to so many different sides of me — the idealist activist, the scientist, the diversity writer — I’m amazed I just now really discovered it. This is the kind of science fiction I want to write. In a way I half-started already, because looking back on Viral Airwaves, you can see how it ties into important elements of solarpunk.

Viral Airwaves is up for Kindle preorders

This is it, guys! My very first published novel, Viral Airwaves, is coming out on February 11th! You can preorder right now, and it’s discounted from its usual full price! Just head over to Amazon. :)

My cover is gorgeous and no one can tell me otherwiseThe blurb

In case you wonder what’s it all about, here is the story’s blurb!

Henry Schmitt wants nothing more than a quiet life and a daily ration of instant noodles. At least until he learns the terrible secret that drove his father away—the Plague that killed his mother and ravaged his country was created by those now in power. He has one chance to help expose the conspiracy: a ragtag band of rebels needs a pilot for their hot air balloon, where they can launch a broadcast revealing the truth. If Henry accepts, he can experience his dream of flight. But he would have to leave his safe, tranquil life behind … and bring the wrath of a corrupt government upon his head.

New Site, New Book

Hey everyone!

It’s been forever since I last came here, but it is time to (kind of) resurrect this site! Mostly because I want a stable deposit of information on my novels, and infrequent news. I might occasionally talk about the writing process again, but not promises. Mostly, if you want more, you should consider following either on tumblr or on my facebook author page!

I’ll have news on my very first novel, Viral Airwaves. With links to buy this absolute masterpiece and everything!

Until then, enjoy. <3