Video: What inspired Aries 181

Aries 181 is launching in two months! Here’s an 80-second video about what inspired the story.

 

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Tiana Warner here, author of the upcoming Aries 181. In this book, an aerospace intern discovers her boss is a supervillain who is stealing technology to build his company. The proof copy just arrived in the mail. It launches March 26th, and today I thought I would talk about what inspired the story.

First, science. If you are fascinated by books like The Martian, the technology in this story has a similar feel. The company ‘Aries’ is based on real aerospace companies, like NASA, who create earth imaging satellites. I’ve worked with some of this technology over the last few years, and was geeking out so hard over it that it sparked an idea for a novel. I thought, what if I stumbled on something I wasn’t supposed to see while working with these satellite images?

Second is being a nerd. If you enjoy books like Ready Player One, the geekery will be up your alley. And plus you can dive into what it’s like to work at a tech company.

Third, a huge part of this novel was inspired by partners in crime. So Bonnie and Clyde, Thelma and Louise, Joker and Harley. But this supervillain duo is robbing science labs instead of banks.

The book takes place in Vancouver.

And features badass, LGBTQ+ female leads.

And I think that’s all I’ve got to say about it. So that’s what you can expect from Aries 181. Thanks for listening, and get ready for a Chapter 1 preview in a few weeks!

Huge nerd … How do I look?

Today I have the pleasure of being featured on Tethered by Letters, where I discuss my writing career, publication path, and the research process behind the Mermaids of Eriana Kwai series.

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We’re pleased to launch the preview pages and cover design for Ice Massacre: The Graphic Novel!

Meela and her crew have departed on the Massacre to take on the deadly mermaids who have slain the men before them …

We’re looking to launch the full comic this winter on Patreon. With this platform, we plan to release the comic one page at a time on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

What’s Patreon?

Patreon is a website where artists can share content as a subscription service. There, you can subscribe to comics, stories, art, podcasts, and more.

After a lot of discussion and pondering, we think this platform could be the best way to launch the comic.

  • Timeline. With a publishing house, this comic wouldn’t be released for at least a couple of years. With Patreon, you can experience the story as we create it!
  • Affordability. Above all, we want this story to be read and enjoyed by everyone. With Patreon, you pay what you want for the comic.
  • Bonus content. We’ll be able to offer rewards to subscribers, like sketch requests and videos.

This means the initial launch will be web-based, but once we’ve released all the pages and the story is complete, we’ll compile them into a print version.

Tell us what Patreon Rewards you want!

Would you subscribe to get advance updates? Would you request a custom sketch of Meela and Lysi? Do you want a video stream, bonus sketches, or something else? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts!

With love,

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