New book: Live!
I've released a short story collection: Live!
Live! is a collection of stories written for live reading, that I performed at open mic venues over the course of 2015.
It's a mix of a few styles, some of the pieces are experimental, and the subjects range from fantasy to auto-fiction.
There are a few swear words.
New Novel: The Click Shortcuts
My second novel is out: The Click Shortcuts.
This novel is about the emergence of a writing system in Geremoth, where they use the same writing system as all the other countries on the continent. When mobile phones appear though, Geremoth’s youth start communicating with an alternative system, that imitates sounds. Behind its rise are its fragile-brained inventor Bejia, Anossia who needs it to remain relevant as a student-tutor, Berbi the memorization champion who’ll use it to remember, and Geluko the scientist who needs a source of revenue to promote Besa, the genetically designed crop plant that assaults other crop plants.
Here's an extract.
Current Writing Projects
I am currently working on two novels.
Memory Maps (tentative title) is due to come out this year, about a breakup in a couple who'd been conditioned, in the institute who collected them as war orphans, to stay together forever.
Ghost in the Filtering System is set on the island of Wizniu, where body possession is a daily reality for IT workers, when disgruntled ex-employees can make their way back to the workplace through the island's magic.
A few short stories
This is a story about a assassin trainer whose work is derailed by unruly and dissipated students.
It touches on themes of fear of losing control, tradition and the generational chasm.
Grana's old friend
This is another short story written for an open mic night. There's a grandmother's voice that is meant to be read in a hoarse but powerful voice.
It's about life choices, nostalgia and regret.
This is a short story that I read at an open mic event. It's tweaked for live storytelling and aims to be groan-worthy.
It's about accountability and consequences, double standards, and weird human quirks.
Ghost at the Moderation Station
This is a ghost story set in a "moderation station", a center where workers filter out questionable content from social media sites.
I explore the lingering of people who've been excluded from social groups, in this case the workplace. A disgruntled ex-employee haunts her old workplace though possession of the person hired to replace her.