I'm thrilled to share today that, out of hundreds of nominees, Heretics(Stars Edge: Nel Bently 4) took home the silver medal in hard science fiction at this year's Global Book Awards! It's hard in this journey to remember why we do this, why we write, why we eviscerate our deepest thoughts before the masses. I've been in a tough slump, writing-wise. I think about Nel and her story a lot, but find it so hard to put those thoughts and feelings on to the page.
Days like this, however, when her darkest moments, my darkest moments, are seen and appreciated, make all the difference.
A huge thank you goes out to my wonderful readers, friends, the team of editors, designers, and marketers who make these moments possible. A special thanks, too, to Creative Edge for always having my back!
Missed my live chat with the lovely Bridgetti of the Writer's Corner LIVE show? You can catch the recording here! We spoke about my Publisher's Weekly review, why the next Nel book is my favorite, and what it was like to write a "pandemic book." Plus, you'll hear an excerpt of Heretics!
It's finally here! I spoke with Douglas of the Tales of the 2SLGBTQ+ podcast about archaeology, writing Nel's world, and how TRAVELERS ended up on the Moon. You can tune into the awesome chat via YouTube (below) or via your favorite podcast streaming service.
Returning to Sci-Fi Saturday Night is always an absolute pleasure, even more so after the long, incredibly difficult past few years. Sharing the initial inspiration behind Nel's character, and how she's evolved since, with such big fans was delightful! It's been an honor to have such wonderful friends and fans throughout this journey--all the way from a dingy motel parking lot for our first interview! Thanks to the awesome SFSN team and, of course, to Creative Edge for setting this up.
Aurealis Magazine is back with this glowing review of Nel's second adventure!
"...After the absorbing, dig-based, science-y plot of the first book in the series (Travelers), the story in Drifters departs along different parabolas. Nel adopts survivalist mode as a fugitive from justice, somehow staying alive through freezing conditions, starvation rations, and random injuries. Ex-lovers appear when she needs them, only to put themselves in danger, and it’s hard to distinguish the good pursuers from the evil ones.
It’s also hard to resist the breathless pace of this adventure, even in its unlikeliest moments. I Shouldn’t Be Alive meets the X-Files—strap in for the ride and follow Nel through privation and exhaustion as she seeks the meeting place with her backers. After all, her extraterrestrial lover is out there somewhere, and the thrilling expanse of outer space beckons.
Read this, and get your hands on book three as soon as you can."
It's been a whirlwind week! I was exhausted by my 2nd Covid shot, and just had another book hit international bestseller status! This time it's Travelers, which is #1 LGBTQ science fiction in the US and Canada! Not only that, but Heretics launched on the 8th and has already been bought and reviewed by so many of you. Your support means the world!
I seriously couldn't do this without the incredible author and publishing community I've found--especially big thanks to Mickey Mikkelson of Creative Edge for all he does, and the powerhouse of Rebecca Hamilton for her amazing mentorship and team.