About

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I’m a queer, transgender writer of speculative fiction and nonfiction. I have degrees in linguistics from UCLA and the University of Edinburgh. If I’m not at my desk, you can often find me in the woods. I split my time between Santa Ana, California (lands originally inhabited by Tongva and Acjachemen people) and Edinburgh, Scotland. 

I was the writer in residence at Lighthouse, Edinburgh’s wonderful radical bookshop, from 2019-2022, where I chaired book events and ran creative writing workshops. My short fiction has appeared in magazines including Escape Pod, Pseudopod, Fusion Fragment, and Metastellar, and anthologies including We Were Always Here, a Queer Words anthology from 404 Ink. I am a full member of the SFWA and BFS.

I am a freelance sensitivity reader specialising in LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent (ADHD) characters and storylines, as well as the fiction editor at Shoreline of Infinity science fiction magazine, and I run creative writing workshops focussing on techniques in SFF and genre fiction.

My first nonfiction book, They/Them/Their: a guide to nonbinary and genderqueer identities, was published by Jessica Kingsley in 2019, and is available from any number of fine retailers. My second book, Ace Voices, will be published by JKP in December 2022. You can pre-order it here, here and here.

In 2020 I was awarded a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award for fiction. For more information about my current projects in-progress see ‘fiction’ and ‘nonfiction’.

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If you want to book me for a speaking engagement or freelance work as detailed on my ‘services’ page, please email me at erisyoung@outlook.com.

I can also be found on twitter and instagram.