Bittersweet Endings and New Beginnings

All six of my romance novellas and novelettes are out of print as of August 2019. My publisher, Less Than Three Press, shut down with less than a month’s notice, leaving me in an uncertain position. My rights to the stories have been fully and formally returned, so I could self-publish them or else submit them to another LGBTQ romance publisher who accepts re-releases. After careful consideration, however, I’ve decided that I do not want to republish any past work without doing, at minimum, a full set of revisions, and possibly rewriting or expanding.

I might republish some of these stories next year, but I have no concrete plans to do so yet. It’s a difficult decision. It’s sad and a little scary to go from having a small catalog of published romances to having none at all. But as I continue to grow as a writer, I want to be proud and confident of everything I put into the world, and as such I don’t want to rush to republish old work.

Despite this, my summer is not bereft of good writing news. I’m delighted to announce that for the first time, I have sold a short story. Other, Like the Sun to the Planets was recently published in issue 6 of Vulture Bones magazine. A young adult Martian revisits xyr hometown and struggles with parents whose old-fashioned ideas about gender don’t provide space for xyr identity.

Another short story of mine, The Distant Earth, has been accepted into Exoplanet Magazine and will be coming out this December.

Both of these short stories are set in the same universe, the Sacred Solar System. I’ve always loved rich, complex settings that can be viewed from dozens of angles, and so over the past two years I’ve been slowly but steadily worldbuilding. Most, but not all, of my work in the next few years will be set in the Sacred Solar System. It’s a space fantasy universe where humanity is spread across all the planets, facilitated by technological Miracles and the Gates between major worlds. I’m particularly interested in exploring relationships, gender, social structures, and “ordinary” life, but I also plan to incorporate ghosts, adventures, and tidbits of horror!

I’m honestly sad about leaving my romance work behind right now. I really enjoyed writing romance and I’m proud of the work I produced. LT3 Press was great, and I learned a lot from both the queer romance community and the process of writing, revising, and publishing several novellas and novelettes.

But romance has never been the sole genre I’m interested in. I love science fiction, space opera, fantasy, and horror. I’ve never wanted to solely write romance. Over the past few years I have focused on romance, and now it’s time for me to move on to my space fantasy stories. Some of which will probably be romance! But not all of them, and I am at least a year away from putting out a new novelette.

I’m excited for this next part of my journey as a writer and I’m confident that if you’ve enjoyed my poetry, romance, or other writing so far, you’ll likely enjoy the stories coming out later this year. Thank you for reading, and I look forward to sharing more of my work in the coming months and years!