Tired of apocalypse stories about zombies and explosions? Pick up an accessible and beautifully-written two-story collection about characters lost in a world that’s chosen to trade freedom for enlightenment.
“After a few hours, the sun had risen too high for us to continue, and they dragged us back to the bus. We had only cleared a small corner of field, from the looks of it, and the guards made their displeasure clear with still, cold body language and a few strokes of their Sholbans on the ones who’d collapsed. Clever, I thought, to save us the smell of singed hair and sight of seizures until we were on the bus, and unable to look away from them. They said little to us, though, just striking the ones who’d collapsed, and after, the ones who wept.”–The Fields
“She tapped her display to bring up the TorYoBiKo. It opened in front of her, the virtual leather binding parting smoothly, the haptic software providing the sensation of silky parchment. On the title page inside, luscious black type spelled out the name in elegantly serif-free capitals. TorYoBiKo: Manual For a Better World.
Man, thought Sarah, a good wank would be better, but ‘indulgent self love’ in the office would get me wearing the sign for weeks.” –WordThieves
What crimes are committed in the name of peace, control, and harmony? Clarice and Sarah are about to find out.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
It’s far more awesome. Seriously, though, it can be more emotionally draining and requires more maturity than most escapist stuff. Certain scenes were extremely painful to write.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Expect criticism. Brace yourself for it. Be prepared to rewrite things and chuck them out. Strive to serve your characters and plot rather than your ego. Don’t give up.
I’m a published science fiction author with a love for talking about the end of the world, silver jewellery, nightmares, and chocolate. I’m also a “fountain of esoterica” (to quote my 10th grade English teacher) and I’m fluent in Shakespeare, cussing, and activism.
I came from a smallish town in Southern Alberta and now live in Calgary with my partner. When we’re not saving the world from hipsters or riding our bear cavalry to work, we can be found on the internet or with our friends. Phuquerie happens frequently and often.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
A love for George Orwell’s 1984 and a strong desire to write something else in the same vein, while examining the annoying and still relevant issue of censoring literature. To my surprise, this issue, and of censorship in general, has become extremely relevant in the States lately. I also wanted to examine the negative overlap between certain belief systems and the effects of a culture systematic emotional repression.