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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Today, author C. A. Gray interviewed me on her podcast, where I discussed my decision to self-publish, book marketing advice, inspiration for Ice Massacre, and what I’m working on now.

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On my tenth birthday, my parents bought me a Maltipoo puppy. My sister, who turned eight that year, got a Sheltie. We gave them the most logical names that sisters living in the 90s would give two puppies. We named them Mary-Kate and Ashley. Read More

Halloween is possibly my favourite time of year. First of all, I never miss a chance to dress in costume. Second, pumpkin everything. Third, while I’m a complete wimp when it comes to horror movies, I love a good thriller.

To celebrate this excellent month, here’s a list of 6 creeptastic YA thriller novels I’ve come across recently. Theme: they’re all about serial killers. (Most of them teenagers — because what’s more disturbing than a murderer? A juvenile murderer! Oh what fun!) Read More

A few things YA author Maggie Stiefvater taught me THROUGH THE POWER OF LITERATURE. (Also posted on Tumblr, where, incidentally, it got reblogged by Maggie Stiefvater! Yay!)

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Ultimate self-publishing checklistThis guide to self publishing a book is based on my own experience as a Canadian author. The general process applies everywhere, but I have included steps for those of us living outside the USA. (If you’re American, sorry eh, just skip those parts.) My hope is that this checklist will save other writers time, stress, and needless trial and error.

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Inventing fictional worlds! It’s so much fun! Until you get halfway through your novel and realize you’ve forgotten to take into account something vital to society like an education system. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a list to consult before you start writing?

This Worldbuilding Checklist is the combined knowledge of about a dozen panelists at Norwescon 39, plus my own notes for my Mermaids of Eriana Kwai trilogy. I’m endeavouring to make this list as complete as possible. Let’s collaborate on it! If you have suggestions, please add them in the comments.

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1. Fitness

Your legs and feet are the only advantage you have over a mermaid. A mermaid cannot jump, kick, or run. Train hard, build strength, be nimble.
1 Fitness

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I recently had the privilege of being interviewed by fellow YA author, Kelly Charron. Click the image below to head over and read my thoughts on the writing process, advice for aspiring writers, and more.

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