Guesting on WROTE Podcast: "Hey I Can Do This!"

Today I joined the folks at WROTE this week to chat about my novel, writing a world without micro-aggressions, and how my own mental health issues influence my writing. We also talk a little bit about screenwriting, and my own experiences getting discouraged in college fiction classes.

Written On The Edge is a weekly podcast discussing LGBTQ storytelling in a wide variety of genres and mediums, and I highly recommend tuning in! 


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Run In The Blood: The Playlist

Let's talk about music! 

I am a little bit obsessive about writing playlists. I have one for each idea that I am constantly adding to. Sometimes songs even give me prompts for ideas that help to shape the narrative. Besides that, listening to music also keeps me focused and stops me from second-guessing on first drafts. 

Since there are only 2 weeks until Run In The Blood is released, I've put together a super trimmed version of my playlist for this book: just one song for each chapter.


Run In The Blood - Character Aesthetics!

In honor of there only being 3 weeks (ack!) until Run In The Blood is released from NineStar Press on on December 25th, I’ve created some aesthetics for the three MC’s (Y’know, like the kids are doing.)

Here are some moodboards to reflect my favorite swashbuckler, scout and soon-to-be princess.

Run In The Blood - Three Months till Release!

I can't believe an entire month has already passed since my last post about Run In The Blood!

Over the next month I'll be editing this novel, working on the first draft of another as well as a couple anthology pieces, and... turning 30! Truly terrifying stuff. 

One of things I've found the most difficult when telling people about my upcoming novel is answering the question "What's it about?" I want to make sure I don't leave out anything exciting, but I also don't want to explain the whole plot... 

Luckily, the other day it hit me that this is probably the best way to sum it up:

Run In The Blood is a fantasy novel. It has cutthroat pirates, and powerful magic. It has scaled beasts and corrupt monarchs. It has tons of all the fun fantasy stuff that I loved reading about as a kid, as well as a romance that I wish I'd been able to read as a kid.

But, at it's heart, Run In The Blood is really just a story about the moment you realise that your parents/guardians are just people, like everyone else. 

The three main characters all have very different relationships with their parents. One doesn't even remember hers. Regardless, their lives are all affected by the decisions that their guardians have made, for better or worse. 

That's all for now! Looking forward to sharing more in next month's update. 

I leave you with this picture of my cat, Dutch, who has yet to figure out that I'm a people. 



Run In The Blood - Four Months till Release!

There are just four months to go until Run In The Blood comes out on December 25th! 

While there's still lots to be done, I'm so excited that the story has found a home at NineStar Press, and I can't wait for it to be out in the world. 

I want to share a little something as I count down to the release, so I thought I'd start with some pictures of the setting that I've been using for inspiration as I write. The island nation where the story is set is mostly mountains and tundra, with river valleys in-between. There are abandoned underground cities honeycombed beneath the surface, and a massive capital city built onto one of the peaks.

I can't wait for other people to visit it! (Y'know, metaphorically) 

That's all for now, but I'll keep updating as the book gets closer to existence. :D 



Photo credit - L to R