I’m giving away one free e-book copy of my newest release, Daughter of No One! If you’d like to be entered in the drawing, leave a comment and we’ll pick a winner Sunday, June 16 at 7 pm PST. And Happy Pride Month, y’all!
Last month, I admit, I was a bit of a Debbie Downer. I was feeling frustrated with my writing status, which at the time was “not in progress.” I’m glad I wrote that I was struggling, though. You wonderful readers and writers gave some really solid advice. I decided to step back from my writing for a couple of weeks. Fortunately, this proved quite helpful and I’m happy to say I’m three chapters in to my next story!
For this month’s post, I’m going to take a note from Ashley Bartlett’s latest contribution and talk about my new book. Daughter of No One is my latest release (widely distributed June 11) from Bold Strokes Books. It’s the first book in the Odium Trilogy, a fantasy adventure series featuring a romance between its two leading ladies.
This trilogy is a departure from my first book, Rocks and Stars, which was a contemporary YA romance. My heart has always been in fantastical stories where characters go on grand adventures to faraway places. One of the first series I read as a kid was Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House books. I adored siblings Jack and Annie’s adventures, and envied their trips through history (which always wrapped up neatly in time for dinner). The Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka was another series I discovered, this time when I was in junior high. A group of boys (surprise surprise) travel through time and space with the aid of a mysterious object. Around this same time, a little book featuring a young boy wizard flew onto the scene, and I was magically set for the next ten years with a ticket to Hogwarts.
All of these books are wonderful, but there was obviously a lacking in fantasy stories featuring LGBTQ+ characters enjoying their own adventures. Of course, as I got older, I realized the world of fantasy was largely used as a metaphor FOR people like me, or any people or places facing discrimination. That was great and all, but what about the stories where we are front and center and the lives we lead are simply a part of the thrilling, adventure-seeking world?
The very first book I wrote (sitting on my shelf collecting dust because it was written by a much less-skilled teenage me and full of some truly face-palm worthy writing) is a fantasy adventure where two female identified best friends accidentally get swept back in time to Ancient Greece. They are separated and have to find their way back to one another while enduring the trials and tribulations of the ancient world, magical creatures, and, yes, the Greek gods. I wrote that story before I was out. Looking back on it now, it’s blaringly clear what I was trying to write, but didn’t quite have the courage to.
It’s pretty amazing to me that twelve years later, here I am enthusiastically promoting my fantasy novel featuring queer characters and a leading romance between its two heroines. Write what we want to read, right?
Anyway, if you’re like me and enjoy fantasy stories, or heck, even a good adventure story, I hope you’ll check out Daughter of No One.
What fantasy/adventure stories did you enjoy growing up? How about now? Any recommendations? I’d love to hear about them!