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Wyrdverse, Conflux, and Kickstarters (oh my)!

Oh no. It’s That Time of the Year again, the time when… (looks around nervously) … things happen.

Thing #1.

I formatted a book! Wyrdverse: Tales of the Wyrd is an anthology of short stories from the, well. Wyrdverse. These aren’t new—you may have previously read them on my website—they’re just now… collated better.

Wyrdverse is currently available super-cheap from Amazon, although if you’d like to snag yourself a free copy you can do so from the princely sum of your email address, by signing up to my book news mailing list.

Oh, and because the whole purpose of this exercise was to practice using Indesign, a print version of the book (in all its extensive, 80-page glory) should be available sometime in the next few weeks. So… keep an eye out for that.

Thing #2.

Speaking of awesome books you should buy (or, rather, back) right now, Crossed Genres’ Resist Fascism speculative fiction anthology is in the final days of its Kickstarter. From the official description:

RESIST. ANY WAY YOU CAN.

The world is in turmoil. The world is always in turmoil, but in recent years, people have seen violence and hatred become proud instead of ashamed. What meager rights we’ve fought for are being deliberately eroded. And the vulnerable have any help stripped away. All of this is happening openly and without fear of reprisal. And the worst perpetrators are some of the largest governments of the world.

Resisting the spread of fascism is as important now as it was 75 years ago. And there are many effective ways to resist.

For full disclosure, friend-and-all-round-awesome-person Rivqa has a story in this anthology, and I have read it and it is boss. So if you, too, would like to read a boss story about found family and Jewish jujitsu IN SPACE, then you should go smash that pledge button, as the kids on teh YouTubes say.

Thing #4.

Oh, and while you’re in the spending money mood,1 Mother of Invention is on sale! From the blurb:

Knit robots, build spaceships, and shape the future.

Extraordinary short stories about gender, artificial intelligence and the art of building something new. Mother of Invention features the work of Seanan McGuire, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Nisi Shawl, John Chu, Justina Robson and more.

Awesome? Yes. So what are you waiting for? Buy like a hundred copies and you’re set for presents to give out to all your friends, enemies, and loved ones at every birthday, anniversary, and culturally appropriate religious celebration for the indefinite future. Let’s all knit a softer, warmer robotic future together.

Finally… Thing #5.

Conflux! It’s coming, and I will be there. You can even come hear me blather on about narrative in the panel Play to write: what tabletop and video games can teach writers of fiction. And by “me” I mean “Rivqa and Elizabeth“, and by “blather” I mean “make interesting and intelligent points while trying to ignore their drooling co-panellist (i.e. me).”

Sound great? Of course it does! See you there.

  1. … I know, I know. ^
2018-09-12T08:15:44+00:0012th September, 2018|Tags: book news, books, conflux, cons, fandom, gonzo author stories, sff, wyrdverse, xp|

Pre-order my book! (It’s awesome I swear.)

So I might not have a blurb, a cover, or even a final title, but what I do have a pre-order links for my first novel, LIESMITH1 (this one, remember).

So… yeah. I don’t have official cover copy to dazzle you with marketing brilliance, but what I can say is LIESMITH is a queer urban fantasy blending Norse mythology with modern tech culture.

Its protagonists include Sigmund Sussman, full name Sigmund Gregor Sussman de Deus, a twenty-something IT helpdesk drone of mixed Jewish/Latino heritage, and Lain Laufeyjarson, his new redheaded hipster co-worker with the suspiciously unpronounceable name.

Yes, it has zombies. Seriously. Every single person has asked me this. There are zombies. They’re Viking zombies, but they’re still zombies.

During the course of the book Lain and Sigmund will also have to deal with:

  • an epic smackdown of Fate versus Love
  • angry Viking gods fighting in a mall parking lot
  • goth valkyries
  • an anthropomorphic feathered dinosaur guy
  • a corporate bonding event so awkward it heralds the end of the world
  • the end of the world (twice)
  • Fantales (also emus)
  • smartphones as the new all-purpose adventuring tool
  • Dungeons and Dragons dating
  • mad twitch and uber micro

Plus romance, violence, family angst physically manifested into horrific monsters, a lot of things catching fire and/or blowing up, and one really cool car.

What more could you want? Kissing? We got that. Zombies? Still got that. Drop bears, rangas, and other weird Australiana? Yup. Norse mythology puns? Boy howdy! A flipped-over reenactment of Gandalf fighting the Balrog at the roots of a giant tree hung full of corpses? Yup, got that too. Seriously. It’s awesome.

So fly, you fools, and go pre-order right now, from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and/or these other fine retailers. The whole thing will be out for realsies later this year, circa October, but this way you can totally say you were all over the book before it was cool! The God of the Hipsters will bless you with perfectly frothed lattes for at least twelve months because of it, I swear.

Also keep an eye out for more details in the coming months.

Edit: Edited to reflect the book’s new title.


  1. a.k.a. THE NOVEL FORMERLY KNOWN AS WYRDTOUCHED. You say “weird“, I say “word“… let’s just rename it to be safe and file the experience under Why Authors Don’t Work In Marketing.
2018-07-27T14:18:13+00:0016th April, 2014|Tags: book news, books, gonzo author stories, liesmith, wyrdverse|

You gais, Imma gonna be an author!

So hey who remembers at the end of last year when I rambled about signing with my literary agent?

Well, you gais, you gais… Guess what just went live on Publishers Marketplace?

Alis Franklin’s WYRDTOUCHED, [note: since renamed LIESMITH] in which an exiled Loki, hiding out in Australia disguised as the CEO of a tech company, unleashes the wrath of Asgard by falling in love with a man in his IT department, to Sarah Peed at Random House, in a three-book deal, by Sara Megibow of Nelson Literary Agency (World).

That’s right! It’s me! Or, rather, my book. Books. Hopefully three of the suckers, because… eee!

/degenerates into a puddle of squee

And, look. I’m not super-articulate right now (my first sale as a Really Real Author! holy shit!), so in lieu of more words, here’s some Bad Character Sketches of LIESMITH’s soon-to-be-published protagonists:

Phew. Wow. Yeah. Much art. Very sketches.

So.

It’s been kind of an intense couple of months, as you can probably imagine, and by all indications it’s just going to get more intense from here on out. (Did I mention the part where I have to write two more books now? Holy shit!)

But before I go quietly hyperventilate in a corner, I’d just like to say one thing.

I’ve had LIESMITH kicking around in various incarnations and various states for the better part of my life, so finally getting it to this point–where it’s actually sold, to a publisher, as part of a multi-book deal–is both terrifying and exhilarating.

It’s those things for a whole bunch of reasons, but one of them is this:

LIESMITH is an urban fantasy and it is, unabashedly, an urban fantasy with a queer protagonist.1 The romance plotline–which, while it isn’t the story, is a freakin’ big chunk of it–is between two guys. Without giving away too many spoilers (hah!): it’s there, it’s on page. There’s kissing. No hints or subtext or innuendo allowed.

Did I mention the part where Random House–that’s Penguin Random House, literally the biggest publisher in the world right now–bought not just one but three of these books?

Do I think I would’ve been able to sell LIESMITH–as a debut author no less–five or ten or fifteen years ago? Maybe, probably not, and almost certainly not, in that order. (And not just because of my own relative level of writing ability.)

There’s something in that. And a lot of people who came before me, who I owe for beating down that door. Not to mention the support I’ve received from both my agent, Sara Megibow, as well as shiny new editor, Sarah Peed. Seriously. Those ladies rock, and the support and encouragement I’ve received has been amazing. (Go Team Sara[h]!)

The representation of GSRM characters in fiction in general, and genre fiction in particular, has been… somewhat patchy, shall we say? But things are changing. Slowly, but they are. Because representation is important, and the more voices there are in the chorus the better.

Mine’s only one. But, well.

I hope you’ll like its song.

More soon

  1. And the term “queer” rather than “gay” here is deliberate. Er… more thoughts on this later, perhaps? ^