Wait, Wait, This is a THING?! -- WROTE Podcast Interview

I had a ton of fun being a guest on Vance Bastian and S.A. “Baz” Collins’s WROTE Podcast this past week. Check out my interview in which I chat about Empire of Light, #ownvoices, labels, and writing in a language that isn’t your first here.

Got any follow-up questions for me? Drop me a comment!

Happy listening!

Also, have a shiny animated version of my gorgeous cover for Empire of Light by the amazing Natasha Snow!

Alex

PUBLISHING NEWS!!!

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When I first took the leap from writing fanfic to writing my own characters and worlds, this weird little thing with the working title Light started sprouting weeds in my brain. Since then, this little book I started because I wanted to see queer characters in more than just the role of the Sassy Gay Friend has undergone complete rewrites until it wasn't even recognizable anymore. It taught me a ton about characters, about voice, about writing, about writing QUEER CHARACTERS where being queer wasn't an issue. It taught me about writing the books I always wanted to read.

I am beyond thrilled to announce that my Gay Firefly with magic debut science fiction novel EMPIRE OF LIGHT will be published by NineStar Press.

I couldn't be more excited to be working with their team to get Damian, Aris, Raeyn, and the rest of the crew out into the world.

I can't wait for you all to meet these characters! It's going to be a BOOK, everyone! Thank you to all who have been along on this wild ride and thank you for supporting queer books everywhere!

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Cheers and rainbow explosions. Watch this space for updates, tales from the editing trenches, previews, giveaways and release info!

Alex

Slaying my TBR with #TheReadingQuest Aug. 13 - Sept. 10

I love reading challenges, especially when my TBR is huge. Which it is pretty much always. So, when I saw Aentee (Read at Midnight) sign up post for #TheReadingChallenge, I couldn't resist. Especially because I love the idea of reading challenges RPG-style. Check out Aentee's post here for #TheReadingQuest rules and how it works.

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I'll start with the Mage path, because magic! But am hoping to at least do the Rogue path as well.

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Here is my TBR for #TheReadingQuest (the Mage path is the first down path):

A book with a one-word title: WANT by Cindy Pon (+20 EXP)

A book that contains magic: THE BONE WITCH by Rin Chupeco (+20 EXP)

A book based on mythology: NOW I RISE by Kiersten White (+10 EXP)

A book set in a different world: CHAMELEON MOON by RoAnna Sylver (+20 EXP)

The first book of a series: BEYOND THE RED by Ava Jae (+20 EXP)

#TheReadingChallenge starts on Sunday, August 13 and ends on Sunday, September 10. I'm excited to see what everyone else is reading. Come join me and share your TBRs, reading thoughts, and reviews!

Happy reading!

Alex

 

Join the #PitProm Party on August 25th!

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18768241_429748504074995_4973611821492774354_o I'm excited to be one of the mentors in this year's #PitProm pitch contest which will pit pitches from unagented science fiction and fantasy writers against each other for a chance to be mentored by industry pros for a week until pitches are posted on the #PitProm website for agents and editors to see.

What you'll need to enter:

  • a 140-character Twitter pitch, including the #PitProm hashtag

  • your query

  • the first 10 pages of your completed and edited manuscript

The submissions window opens on August 24th at midnight CST and closes on August 25th at midnight. Of the first 200 entries, 10 fantasy and 10 science fiction pitches will be chosen by our Royal Advisors, Eli Celata (Court Fantasy) and Kadee Carder (Court Science Fiction). Mentors then pick their two favorite pitches and will mentor writers for one week until revised pitches, queries, and first ten pages will be posted on the #PitProm website. Agents and editors will vote for their favorite pitches, which will be crowned #PitProm King/Queen.

Find more info on the #PitProm website and follow the hashtag on Twitter!

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I'm super stoked to be part of Court Sci-Fi and here are some of the top things on my wishlist in no particular order:

  • Queer main characters and #ownvoices stories
  • An intersectional and diverse cast of characters
  • Romance? Yes, please! The more complicated, the better!
  • I'm a huge fan of enemies to lovers and found families!
  • Give me the voicey things!

And finally, here's some science fiction I really love.

Books:

  • Taya Huff's CONFEDERATION series
  • Kameron Hurley's GOD'S WAR series
  • Jeff Somers' AVERY CATES series
  • Mira Grant's NEWSFLESH series
  • Nnedi Okorafor's BINTI novellas
  • Becky Chambers' THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET
  • Cindy Pon's WANT

TV:

  • Firefly
  • Doctor Who
  • Torchwood
  • Killjoys
  • The Expanse
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Cowboy Bebop

Movies:

  • Star Wars (duh! And yes, I may be starting something here, but The Force Awakens is my favorite. So. Much. Love.)
  • Star Trek (also include among TV, but yes, it's okay to like both!)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Titan A. E.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Matrix

So, yes, if your pitch fits my wishlist or is reminiscent of ideas or characters in any of my favorite SF, I'd love to see it. I'm super excited to see tons of great pitches coming in, so be sure to keep up with the #PitProm hashtag and let me know if you have any questions.

Join the party and may the best Court win!