An Andro Named Sue

Balancing a career in publishing with chronic migraines. Sort of.

I love writing conventions. I love talking books, and the industry, and helping new writers find their niche so they can thrive.

I don’t necessarily love crowds, or lots of noise, and my mental capacity for interacting with people has its limits. That’s the side-effects of being an introvert. The upside is, I recharge in solitude, which for me is an easy thing to find. Not so easy at a convention though. But it can be done! The important thing is to have a plan–and the tools you need—to find the balance between interacting with others, with time to re-calibrate all on your own. Continue reading

I’m an angry writer. I don’t so much get Inspired to write something, as I do get angry and frustrated with tropes and constant mistakes. I wouldn’t call this topic a trope perse, but it is a mistake; one that I’ve encountered since I was a wee child reading my first urban fantasy novels.

It is what I have come to call, for lack of a better term

THE TOO-CONVENIENT SETTING. Continue reading

When I was a kid, male gay characters in fiction did not exist. And when they did, they were all very much the same. They were effeminate, catty, fashionable, cowardly, self-centered, and very promiscuous. They did not get lead-roles, because they weren’t fully realized characters. Queer characters in fiction during my teenage years were deliberately written to be two-dimensional side characters. And I would like to tell you it’s gotten better, but for male queer characters in adult SFF…it really hasn’t. Continue reading

I freaking love sea monsters. I grew up fascinated by the ocean and all the shit we didn’t know, all the things that might be down there. I read a lot of Peter Benchley and thought marine biology was the coolest damn thing, and I still do. There’s a lot of sea monster horror novels today, but not a whole lot of urban fantasy (someone please fix this immediately). And no sea monster story has fascinated me more than the almighty lusca. Continue reading

If there’s one thing that’s ticked me off over the years, its watching novels continually fail to portray mental illness accurately, realistically, and for the sake of character not plot. So, without further ado, here are your seven steps to getting mental illness right in your next story. Continue reading