Why Romance is an Important Part of Any Story.

I love sci-fi/fantasy but I am a sap for a love story.

I can’t see a story without some passion within it. It’s one of the reasons I love my husband because he is as sappy as me and loves a good rom-com (did I mention he’s a scriptwriter?).

Fantastical elements are wonderful pieces to a story but to read and understand a love story, unrequited or not, connects with readers. Because we all have been there. Maybe we fell in love with someone we weren’t supposed to. Or someone out of our league. Or loved someone and experienced loss.

The emotions of love, passion, desire, and lust are a part of the human experience and when we read about characters, perfect or otherwise, exhibiting these emotions, we can connect.

We connect sympathetically. And if an author is really good, empathically.

As much as I enjoy writing about fantasy, action and overall excitement, I don’t think I will ever be able to completely divorce myself from having some romance. I have other series that are waiting backstage and even those will have romance elements to it.

But it’s my firm belief that love is the great equalizer because it’s never easy. My characters Katya and Gregor show you that clearly. Some readers might say why add it at all? It’s not to say that the story needs their romance but it makes it so much better. It allows characters to grow and show depth. The romance shows Gregor, though a Grim Reaper, is still capable of exhibiting human emotions. It is my hope that his story resonates with you, the reader. That as you learn about him and his struggles, you won’t see him as a perfect spiritual being, but as a flawed one. And that our flaws follow us and make us who we are. But the romance spotlight allows you to explore him as a character.

Love  – it may be cheesy but it’s great to read about it.

 

Originally posted on T’s Stuff.

Time for the Big Reveal

lI have been hinting that I have been working on a number of things for my book. I can tell you I have immensely busy. But it’s such a good busy that I wake up excited to get to work. I have two jobs: lawyer by day, writer/entrepreneur by night.

We are finally at a stage that I can finally reveal to you….SugarCane Publishing.

SugarCane Publishing or SCP was created from the idea that all voices should be heard and given a platform to speak. Multicultural, multiracial, multisexual and the “non-normative” voice. As a minority owned publishing house, we taken this mission head on.

To be released October 1, I present to you “Awoke”:

The book (paperback and e-book) is available for preorder on Amazon, B&N, iTunes, etc.

I can not truly express the level of pride and love I have for this book and to be this far. Six years ago, I never thought I would be here opening my own publishing house and releasing two books so soon after opening up (with a couple of other projects coming down the pipeline). I am humbled. I am grateful for the support that I have.  I have a fantastic editorial team who are the backbone of SCP and I couldn’t have done this without them.

The cover art is only one aspect of the kind of excellence we are going to be presenting the world. May the writing move you. May it be relatable. May you laugh. May you cry. And above all, may you been enthralled and escape the realities of this world and come into the world we created for you.

If you have a piece that you would like to present to us for consideration, we accept pieces with or without an agent, multitude of genres (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) and we will always give you a response. The only thing that we ask is that it must represent a voice that we wouldn’t normally see in media today. You can check out it more at http://www.sugarcanebooks.nyc.

More news to come!

KT

Do I Have to be Profound?

I’m in the process of getting ready for my publishing company debut and book release in September (didn’t mention that yet, huh? Yeah that’s happening) and I’m starting to look around to different groups who might be interested in featuring my book in their book club or blog or whatever. And as I am looking for black writers/readers group to feature my sci-fi/fantasy book, I start seeing a pattern. 

My book is an odd-man out. Ready to revoke my card, the other books will give me looks like:


And it’s not because my protagonist isn’t black or I’m not a black author. But it’s because the majority of the books featured are literary. My sci-fi/fantasy book sticks out like a sore thumb. Then a couple of questions came to mind:

  1. Do I need to be more profound as a writer? Writing about the harsh and at times devastating problems that our society impounded on our ancestors and we continue to be plagued with today…should that be at the forefront of my story?
  2. If I don’t, do I do a disservice to myself? My race? My gender? 
  3. Will I be taken seriously as a writer if I don’t have a serious narrative?

Then I caught myself. My God, even when you least expect it, you find yourself needing to answer for your entire race and gender. A side effect of the world we will live. 


The fact that there are few celebrated black science fiction and fantasy female writers shows to me how important it is for me to speak in my own voice. 

My voice is outrageous. And other worldly. And fantastical. And mind-boggling. And human. And non-human. Live. Dead. Magic. Spirits. Mythology. Folklore. 

You get the picture. 

This is what my voice gravitates to and that will never change. Even beyond the book that is about to debut in a few months time, I have countless stories waiting to come out. And they are not literary. Yes, they will always feature characters that don’t fall within the status quo. And yes they might be based on folklore and mythology that originates outside of American society and norms. 

But they will definitely not be literary. 

My narratives will fun and exciting. And heartfelt. Genuine. Maybe you’ll laugh. Or tear up. Its aim will be the same as any literary novel: to illicit some emotional reaction out of my reader. 

So if it comes down to there being 20 literary features books and then there’s me… I’m still in pretty good company. 

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