If you fail, fail creatively.
I’ve been telling stories for as long as I can remember. Writing wasn’t just something I did; it was something I needed to do to, so I could get the stories out of my head and make room for new ones. My first serious forays into writing were all fandom-related – fanfiction, novellas, bits of text-based RP here and there. In hindsight, I’m glad to have been a part of fandom back in those days, when smaller, self-moderated communities were the norm rather than the exception.
Gifted has been in the works for more than a decade. It started off as a cross-fandom experiment and grew out from there, with bits and bobs added as I flunked my way through a scholarship abroad, picked up the pieces, then failed at a dozen other things before I finally got my break. Which is to say, if you mana geto keep alive and keep at something long enough, you might end up getting lucky.
So what’s next? Finish the trilogy, for one. I always have several projects in the works, in addition to my day job and trying to be a functioning human being (questionable success there). My next book is a political thriller/romance with strong LGBTQ+ rep — something I’ve wanted to do for years, but never quite found the right headspace for it (thanks, internalized queerphobia). After that, it’s Gifted 2.0, and then — if the world hasn’t ended — we’ll see.
Thanks for reading 🙂