October brings the Horrors

It’s a busy time of year! Most horror authors are doing their best push for the Halloween season. While I haven’t been able to keep up with the blog as much as I like, I wanted to stop by and drop some links.

Right now, I have an Instafreebie out for a new boxed set that includes my story, The Culling:

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Sigils and Spells features Hunnting in Closed Spaces, along with 23 other urban fantasy novels. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon:

 

On  October 31st, I will have a new book out, part of The Bennett Witch Chronicles. It will be available on Amazon Kindle Worlds.

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Why Diversity Matters

 

A lot of people can tell you about diversity and why it’s important. There’s easy ways to explain it. Everyone likes to see a reflection of people that look like they do, love like they do, or share similar experiences and challenges. And when you show only a narrow cross section of people, the consequence is erasure of whole segments of that population. But it goes beyond even that.

Stories are important. They carry our vision for how we see the world, not only as it is, but how it could be. We dream of what could be accomplished, what could go wrong, and who would fight the good fight. We want that good guys to drive back the monsters, the aliens, the demons that are trying to claim us. We want to imagine a world where good can win—and that even if the heroes and heroines do lose, they go down valiantly.

Over the years we have seen movies and television shows slowly begin to change their ideas about writing and casting roles. In the literary world, one of the last corners of genre fiction to reflect diversity has been the paranormal, urban fantasy, and dystopian categories.

In the 1990’s, there was a slew of female kick ass heroines. Buffy, anyone? I loved La Femme Nikita and its television re-imaginings, Nikita and Alias. It’s worth mentioning that a reboot of the television show Nikita came out in the 2000’s starring Asian American actress Maggie Q.

Other than Maggie, most of these action femmes were white. Any women of color who appeared on television in these shows didn’t have a very long shelf life. If they lasted maybe two episodes, you considered yourself and the actress both lucky to have had a chance to even see a woman of color in the role.

Inspired by these stories, I set out to create my own heroine, and a world of characters for her to live with. My story is centered on a young black teenaged girl named Marradith Ryder. She has the power to hunt and kill monsters because of her complicated bloodline. Drawn into the Sojourners for her own protection, she soon finds out that working for the good guys comes with strings. There is action and romance, and bad things to be killed. But at its heart, Hunting in Closed Spaces is about family, those we’re born from and those we make our own through shared experiences and loyalty. The Sojourners are made up of people of all kinds, but they work together to accomplish their goals.

My story is peopled with vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters. I also endeavored to make these characters look like us: Black, White, Latino, and Asian. I wanted to create a story with people who looked like the ones I grew up with in Los Angeles.

Sigils and Spells is a collection of stories which features diverse characters. Our goal of course is to entertain you. And while we do it, we hope to show you stories which contain all kinds of people. We want you to dream big, and to see some part of your experience reflected in the pages of these stories.

It’s both an honor and a pleasure to have my book included with my colleagues in this collection. I hope you’ll pick up a copy, and that we can give you new worlds to explore for a while.

Sigils and Spells

Sigils are symbols used in magic. If you have seen a few episodes of Supernatural, you’ve probably seen the symbols drawn on walls or floors, often used to banish the bad guys.

This month, I am involved in a new boxed set, featuring 24 authors who have come together to thrill you with urban fantasy, paranormal and dystopian landscapes. Expect all manner of bad things that go bump in the night, and the heroes/heroines who are brave enough to face them.

Urban Fantasy and Paranormal are booming business right now. What makes this set special is that the characters are diverse. You get to see people you don’t often find in the the genre. I’m very proud to have one of my stories included.

You can get your pre-order here:

 

Marradith Ryder Hits #1 On Muse’s Success

Muse’s Success is a listing of online web novels. They catalog, rate, and list reviews for serialized fiction online. Their goal is to help readers find quality reading material online without having to use search engines to do it.

Marradith Ryder has been listed with them for quite a while, but it wasn’t until recently that I found out the series is rated number one in both horror and suspense.

You can have a look at all the stories listed here:  http://muses-success.info/browse/listing/1/Horror/all

The NaNo Challenge

I have never done NanoWriMo before.

This yearly contest challenges writers, newbies and experienced, to try their hand at pumping out one whole novel in thirty days. There’s no money involved, it’s for the experience.

Now, for me, this is a departure from how I usually do things.  I can work on a deadline, and I have done it before. But a whole novel. In one month?

One of my friends is doing it this year, and after he talked about it, I thought it might be a good idea to join, too. I have an idea that has been in my head for a few weeks now, but I have the feeling it’s going to have to be laid out in an unconventional way. So what better way to start than attacking the page and doing the clean up later?

The thing that’s funny is you grow so accustomed to self editing every few paragraphs (and sometimes, every few words). It’s going to be hard to turn that off. But I am hoping it will also be liberating.

In the meantime, I will try to post here more often, and keep ahead a few episodes on the Marradith series.

And speaking of Marradith, I received the final edit of the novel this week. So now it’s a matter of getting together a book cover and formatting. Exciting stuff!

For any of you who are writers, are you signing up for this year? And if so, are you doing it for fun, or do you think you’ll make something of the manuscript when it’s done?