Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and a Taste of Exquisite Darkness

"Meet the Rising Star" Series: Interviewed by Cayce Berryman

This was such a fun interview conducted by Author, Editor, and Copywriter Cayce Berryman. Every week, she interviews a new author on their published work, current projects, and their writing life altogether. I got to talk about both my novel 'Daughter of the Drackan' (published this October), its upcoming sequel, and the next novel currently underway, the Dystopian Sci-Fi 'Sleepwater Beat'. Plus a few other little fun nuggets. This is just an excerpt from the interview, because I like sharing little snippets about all my work underway. If you'd like to read the full interview, check it out on Cayce's website here.

What are you currently working on? How did you begin working on it?

I both love and dread talking about this project, because it’s bigger than anything I’ve ever done before, and it’s a little terrifying. “Sleepwater Beat” is a Dystopian Sci-Fi set in the near-future US. The main character, Leo, is a homeless girl of 22 who is one of a growing group of individuals who have developed the ability to affect other people—psychologically, mentally, and physically—with the “superpower” embedded in certain kinds of words. Basically like X-Men abilities through storytelling. The novel also covers government/military control, pharmaceutical and media conspiracy, human trafficking and experimentation, black-market dealings, guerilla warfare, and a hint of LGBTQ flavor. What in the world possessed me to scramble all these things together? I’ll never be able to answer that question.

It started quite literally as an experiment in and of itself about a year and a half ago. I had a general feel for these ideas, and wondered what it would be like to write a long short story (about 35K words) purely comprised of short scenes without “filler” (because we all hate writing filler, right?). The trick was that I also wanted to scramble every scene into an order as far from chronological as I could possibly get. I managed to do that pretty well, and the experiment was a success, even though I would never do it again. I brought this piece to my weekly writers’ group when I lived in Charleston, SC, and they loved the ideas. Their input also inspired me to change some details, add new characters and plot lines, and I realized this thing now clawed through its outer layer to transform into an entire novel.