An impenetrable barrier keeps Earth’s ships from leaving. Teams of specially trained and modified heroes fly the allowed space, wiping out the debris specialists suspect offended an alien force. Separated from her lover, Jane performs her duty, but she suspects a lie fuels the international sport. As her friend Julio battles the Hitchhiker virus, she faces the deadly force penning her planet.
In One Down, Jane faces secrets and betrayal. One Down is free today and tomorrow. I’ll be
publishing a new short every few days to see how it goes. It would mean a lot to me to find an audience for these stories.
I’m having a life-changing experience in another country. Maybe that’s why I’m more open to taking risks. I stopped in at Kindle Boards Writer’s cafe and discovered a discussion of self-published short stories that sell well. I ordered a book cover and published one of my favorite shorts.
A couple of years ago, in the interest of making a living, I became someone else. That other writer makes a living writing fiction. It’s a good thing, except that only commercial fiction flies. It feels like a huge indulgence to spend time on stories I wrote because I had to write them, when I could be working on the next book that pays my bills. But I’ve missed being me.
After all this time, I finally get to have my own book with a spaceship on the cover. This isn’t how I pictured this moment.
As a teen, it mattered to me, and still does, that I found books with people like me in them. Books with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and gender variant characters gave me a sense of connection and affirmation that was rare growing up in a small town. That sense of connection remains scarce in my life.
I suppose that’s part of why, after all this time, and after discovering repeatedly that my heterosexual books sell the best, I still want to put these stories out there.
Ursula K. LeGuin, Joanna Russ, Elizabeth A. Lynn, John Varley and George Nader gave me worlds where I wasn’t alone.
Get One Down and join my adventure.