Torqued Tales (Anthology)

This coming April (2014) I will be part of an anthology with Torquere. The theme is officially called Torqued Tales and is essentially a gay retelling of fairy tales. I think they wanted something different to separate them from the originals (aside from being gay, I suppose). I had absolutely no intention of submitting anything -- I was working tons of overtime, getting ready to move, and otherwise being very busy. I've always loved fairy tales, and had tried to submit for the first Torqued Tales anthology, but turned it in late, the story was kind of meh, and I wrote it in about two days without any input. I had no intention of submitting for this one...until about 2-3 weeks before the deadline.

I decided that it would be neat to be part of an anthology, but as more of an abstract ideal. I was thinking about winter where I live and about how unimpressive it is. I was packing my books and setting aside books to take with me or put at the front of my newly-acquired storage. I came across The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge, one of my favorite books ever, and then thought that I had never read the original fairy tale which inspired it (and the White Witch from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, plus countless others).

So, I read it...and was inspired. You know, I was almost exhausted at the inspiration? How many writers get an idea they think is good and only greet the thought with exhaustion? Considering all I had going on, though, I'm not surprised.

As I was writing it, I kept imagining it in a fantasy setting. It started growing, as these things do, and I considered keeping it for later and expanding it. I decided to do this only if it was rejected.

But it wasn't.

So, my story will be titled The Snow Queen (inspired, isn't it?), and unless something changes will be released on April 23rd, 2014 as part of the anthology, but will also be sold separately. I'll update more as things progress.

(And, for the record, I have never seen Frozen. Not yet, anyway. Haha.)


Wolf Book Future

1) I wrote Taylor’s book first. It was terrible and it was rejected. (I mentioned the whole process in my entry here titled “The Long Road to Publication”). I tossed that crap into the “Never Look at Me Again” file and moved on. After devoting the time to think, I realized that Taylor’s time was not yet and I needed to start at the beginning, several years before. Thus, Austin. Everything except for the characters will have changed, but Taylor will indeed have a book all to himself, though his mate may steal some of the spotlight. Gods help us all, they are very similar.

2) There will be four books in this wolf series. Unless something dramatic happens, I know what is going to happen, so yes, there are some intentional mysteries left unsolved in book one. Things which happened in Winter’s Trial will have relevance later.

3) Quinton’s story is second. For those who love Taylor, he will be featured quite a bit in this one. (Do you really expect Quinton to get a mate and not get tons of crap from Taylor?) Quin is not getting rid of Taylor any time soon. Aside from that, even though Quinton won’t be Taylor’s Mentor anymore—as we saw with Quinton’s Mentor, William—that relationship and bond lasts pretty much forever.

4) Ah, William. My editor recommended that I mention something about this potentially very touchy subject. I won’t give away any spoilers for those who have or have not read the book, but you have to trust him. William truly does know what he’s doing. There is a huge, overwhelming reason—several, really—why he made the decision he did. It will come out eventually, but not until the right time.

5) Austin went through some serious shit. I wouldn’t say that the bullying he sustained in the book was anything so deep as a metaphor, but one could make the argument that the hate he endured is very much like someone being bullied for being gay, or fat, or, as Austin thought, any number of inconsequential things.

If I could say anything to someone in that situation, especially in high school, it would be that it is just not that important. High school ends, and you will find that it was a very inconsequential place. As adults, we have decisions we can make to avoid this crap. Fighting back, moving, removing yourself from the situation, reporting it to Human Resources, shitting regularly on their doorsteps, contacting the police, getting away, avoiding all contact with them, etc. Austin was stuck where he was because he would be killed by the Council if he left. I wanted to put him in that situation to show that even within those confines, love—whether it comes from a hot Brazilian man, a bratty but endearing child, or a group of new friends—is all around. And it turns the darkness into light.