Jerrith is running. Kissed by an elf, he can't remain in his hometown of Althos any more. Not that he wanted to stay.
Caspian still hasn't figured out why he kissed Jerrith, but he's running too. Since he was exiled from the Autumn Lands, his past has been hazy, and his future uncertain.
But when a stray memory brings things into focus, the two decide to run toward something together. What they uncover will change how they see the world, and themselves, forever.
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Where do you find your inspiration?
It comes from a variety of places. I have a bunch of partial stories that I wrote twenty years ago – I like to go through these periodically and often will pull one out and find a full story in it. At other times, it's an anthology prompt that gets me started. And sometimes I just totally pants it and start with whatever comes to mind.
How do you think your writing has developed since you started?
Oh, it's gotten much better. I first started writing when I was in fourth or fifth grade. I wrote on and off until my early twenties, when I finished my first novel. When it and five or ten short stories were all rejected, I kind of lost momentum, and though I tried to come back to it several times, it never really stuck.
Somehow, though, I had this idea in the back of my head that if I waited until I was in my forties, I'd have a lot more life experience to draw on. When I was 45, I dove back in, and it was true. My writing was deeper, richer. But I'd also allowed my creative writing muscles to get slack. So I started with short stories, learning again how to put together a compelling stories. I moved up to novellas, and now am once again ready to tackle novels.
Are you tempted to write in other genres?
I have my hands full with sci fi-fantasy and magical realism for now. But I could see myself doing other things too. Especially subgenres, like steampunk or maybe more with shifters… It really just depends if I am feeling the story.
How do you fit in writing in such a busy life?
I have a set time each day when I write. It sometimes creeps into other times too, but I try to always be writing or editing between noon and 1:30, no matter what. Working 70-80 hours a week on our own business, it's imperative to have a regular time.
Do you have a favourite book that you've written?
I think Flames is my favorite so far. It's actually a novella, but it combines some of my favorite things – Tucson (my old home-town), Italian, and marriage equality. And I kinda fell in love with the characters. It'll be out this June from DSP in the anthology A More Perfect Union.
What has been the most useful thing to have helped you with your writing career?
The people I've met. I've made some amazing friends over the last two years, first on Facebook and later at Rainbow Con. We support each other – both our writing and our works — and they have been integral in helping me launch my writing career.
What are you working on next?
I am so busy this year. In addition to running the Queer Sci Fi site, I have two more works already scheduled. The first one, through the veil, is what I call my San Francisco Climate Change Urban Elf story – a novella in an anthology I put together with Gus Li, Sky Hegyes, and Brandon Witt that's coming out in the spring. Then there's Flames, my favorite story to date, about a gay couple in Tucson who is struck by tragedy, and what happens next. It's part of a marriage equality-themed anthology that BG Thomas pulled together for Dreamspinner, and that we're hoping will be out in late June.
I'm also writing The River City Chronicles, a weekly serial project on my blog, and am involved in another group project launching soon.
And as if that wasn’t enough, I am getting ready to submit my NaNo novel (part one of three), and have another novel project on tap.
What is a moment that changed your life?
A couple years ago, I was bemoaning once again the fact that my writing had been knocked off track by a life event. My husband, Mark, looked at me and said "The only one who is topping you from writing is you." It was like a bolt of lightning. He was right. I was the one who was standing in my way, afraid that I wasn't good enough. So I stepped aside, and everything changed.
What is the most iconic day in history that you remember and why?
It was in 1986, the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. I was a senior in High School, and I was in Mrs. Patterson's Government Class in first period. One of my friends came in late and turned to me and said "The space shuttle just blew up." I knew at once that the world had changed. The trajectory changed. I'd hoped to see us go to Mars in my lifetime, and now that seemed like it was unlikely to happen. I would feel echoes of that day later, on September 11th.
What place would you like to visit most and why?
I am dying to get to New Zealand. I started reading Lord of the Tings in 2nd or 3rd grade, and I want to see where the movies were shot. Plus I have a thing for kiwis.
Scott has been writing since elementary school, when he and won a University of Arizona writing contest in 4th grade for his first sci fi story (with illustrations!). He finished his first novel in his mid twenties, but after seeing it rejected by ten publishers, he gave up on writing for a while.
Over the ensuing years, he came back to it periodically, but it never stuck. Then one day, he was complaining to Mark, his husband, early last year about how he had been derailed yet again by the death of a family member, and Mark said to him “the only one stopping you from writing is you.”
Since then, Scott has gone back to writing in a big way, finishing more than a dozen short stories – some new, some that he had started years before – and seeing his first sale. He’s embarking on a new trilogy, and also runs the Queer Sci Fi (http://www.queerscifi.com) site, a support group for writers of gay sci fi, fantasy, and supernatural fiction.
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