Write what scares you – #SciFi #SciFiSaturday

You’ve probably heard it said before: Write What Scares You. But as much as I love Science Fiction and talk about it, I never really considered writing it.   Even Two Moons of Sera didn’t feel scary at the time.  I wrote it intending it to be a fantasy story.  It ended up more science fiction with fantasy elements thrown in.  It really falls somewhere in between the two genres.  And while I’m now thrilled to call it scifi, it wasn’t my intention. What is it that makes writing scifi scary for me? It’s the pressure!  I’m really judgmental about my scifi, and not overly forgiving.  I read a lot of it and have pretty distinct tastes.  Can I live up to my own standards? So as I’ve been undertaking this, I’ve really had to face a lot of my personal fears about being “good enough.”  About my own preconceived notions of what it means to be a writer.  Taking on the genre which I’m the most serious about has forced me to really think about what I love about it and why. I love the depth of science fiction, the ability to create worlds and meanings that mirror our own through allegory and the fantastic.  But it’s all grounded in the possible, forcing the reader to consider those lessons, sometimes subconsciously, a little more seriously. I love the rejuvenation of our species possible through  concepts like First Contact and space exploration.  To imagine us free of the past problems we’ve stewed in for so long is freeing. I love the ingenuity of scifi writers.  The technology imagined is based...

Back to Basics. #SciFi and revisiting my roots. #2MOS

The past few weeks I’ve been working on re-editing Two Moons of Sera to publish, writing Moon Dust, and polishing up The Syntax of Consciousness for the AI Chronicles Anthology Series. In other words, I’ve been spending a whole lot of time working on Sci-Fi projects. The past year has been dedicated to The Sugar House Novellas, almost to the exclusion of everything else, and silly me, I’d forgotten just how much I love writing Sci-Fi. Oh Science Fiction. Where the rivers run yellow and the skies are purple! Oh Science Fiction. Where technology can do anything you can imagine, or not exist at all. Oh Science Fiction. Where the suns shine bright and the stars are within reach. I’ve so delighted in revisiting the world I created in 2MOS.  And while writing the companion story Moon Dust, I was able to dig deeper into the biological peculiarities of the Sualwet species.  In 2MOS I only scratched the surface as it applied to Sera, the half Sualwet hybrid, but in Moon Dust, the story focused completely on Nilafey.  She is 100% water-dwelling Sualwet. Detailing life in an amphibian society presents some very particular challenges.  When are they underwater, why would they come above to the surface, what are the rules of their society? I particularly had fun discussing some of the cultural prejudices that would occur in an amphibian culture, such as the markings of those considered part of the lower classes.  In Moon Dust, the housefille servant can be identified by the fact that she wears skirts.  A clothing item which would make it impossible to swim limits her mobility...

Two Moons of Sera Omnibus Paperback Release TODAY – Let’s Celebrate! (Omnibus=all four volumes together!)

It’s finally here!  Almost 2 years after I first started writing about a hybrid girl and her exiled mother, the series is complete and there’s a paperback to prove it! And so it is time to celebrate!  I am having a giveaway (see below) and for those of you not yet reading 2MOS, I am offering Two Moons of Sera Volume One FREE on Amazon.com from 2/25-2/28! What Reviewers are Saying! “The author has created a story series that is so much more than just what is contained in the narrative. Books should not only serve to enchant and excite, encouraging you to look forward to more installments with the same characters but they should leave an impression. This series is a winner on all fronts.” ~ Gaele Hince of I am indeed Get Your Copy Now! a Rafflecopter giveaway Trailer: Links: Amazon Omnibus Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Two-Moons-Sera-Pavarti-Tyler/dp/0983876932 GoodReads for Omnibus: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17229148-two-moons-of-sera—ombnibus   2MOS Volume One: http://www.amazon.com/Two-Moons-Sera-Vol-ebook/dp/B005U81SCQ/ 2MOS Volume Two: http://www.amazon.com/Two-Moons-Sera-Vol-ebook/dp/B007MC3HGS 2MOS Volume Three: http://www.amazon.com/Two-Moons-Sera-Vol-ebook/dp/B0091HC8ZI 2MOS Volume Four:...

Two Moons of Sera Volume Two Released TODAY

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””] [/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””] In a world where water and earth teem with life, Serafay is an anomaly. The result of genetic experiments on her mother’s water-borne line Serafay will have to face the very people responsible to discover who she really is. But is she the only one? All the Fun of YA written for Adults Two Moons of Sera is a Fantasy/Romance and will be released in a serial format. [/wpcol_1half_end] Buy your copy...

Two Moons of Sera, Publishing Mistakes and New Approaches

2MOS will now be available on Amazon Only Thanks to the incredible technological difficulty many of you have had with the serialised format of this novel I have divided to make some drastic changes to how it’s being released.  From now on instead of releasing sections of appx 15-20k words I will be releasing sections of 30-40k words.  This means that each section will be released as it’s own book. Each section will be available on Amazon.com for purchase at $0.99 or for free through the KDP Select Prime Library Program. Parts 1 & 2 will remain available as the original file. Parts 3 & 4 will be released together, hopefully in March. I apologise for the inconvenience and frustration.  You never know how things will work out when you are trying something new.  Please know that I appreciate your support and will do everything I can to solve these issues.  If you have any difficulty or questions or if you have previously purchased the book and just want me to email you a copy feel free to email me. If you are not in the Prime Program or purchased Two Moons of Sera on B&N or Smashwords before Feb 1, 2012 I will provide copies of the rest of the series to you free of...

Indie Publishing mistakes I’ve made and what to do about them – now including a poll!

I’m a big girl, and I knew jumping into the whole Indie Publishing thing I was taking a risk.  Consumed by Love has done well for what it is and Two Moons of Sera has gotten a lot of attention but not a ton of sales.  And I think I know why. Publishing in a serial format was a mistake.  It is fun and I’ve done enough community writing that I thought the excitement of a new part being released would garner momentum and while that’s true, I think the negatives have outweighed the positives.  Primarily the technology. Smashwords works really well for me and I think it’s the easiest to use for updating the file, but no one uses it other than Indie Authors. Barnes and Noble has sold ZERO books.  Amazon has been my main cashcow.  But the technology there is a serious problem.  I updated the file with Part II on Dec 25th and KDP still hasn’t notified readers of the new content.  I’ve emailed them twice.  That and people can’t update their file or even just buy the book again.  It’s very frustrating. I’ve had a number of people email me and yesterday, unfortunately, a reader told me he wasn’t going to keep reading the instalments because the technology just ruined it for him.  Well crap. So now I’m faced with the question of what to do.  As I see it I have a few choices. I can keep on with what I’ve been doing and hope, I can add it to KDP Select so people can check it out and check it back in...