SHORT FICTION

DEAL

/     2021, Escape Pod 769 (free to read)

LITTLE CAT FROM THE BRONX

/     2020, Uncanny Bodies anthology, Luna Press

MEULES

/     2019, We Were Always Here, Queer Words Project Scotland anthology, 404 Ink

SUPERFINE

/     2019, Shoreline of Infinity issue 14, reprinted in Metastellar (free to read)

THE ARCHIVIST

/     2018, F, M or Other: Quarrels with the Gender Binary, Knight Errant Press, reprinted: The Selkie (free to read), and Fusion Fragment

THE COLLECTOR OF CURSED OBJECTS

/     2018, Esoterica Journal, reprinted: Scrutiny Journal and Astral Waters Review issue 2

IT BROUGHT THE SNOW

/     2017, Bewildering Stories Magazine, reprinted in Expanded Horizons magazine, finalist in the 2021 Defenestrationism! Short Story contest (free to read – and you can vote for me to win until 4 September!)

 

NOVEL (IN PROGRESS)

Raised in the Shade is a Byzantine-inspired political fantasy drawing influence from the sandpunk and urban fantasy subgenres.

Two boys, Iosef and Nikephoros, are sold by their families and made into eunuchs. They’re taken to Constantinople, where they are trained in a mysterious sorcery that only their kind can use: their first loyalty will be to the Emperor. Rash, impulsive Iosef rejects the authority that maimed him and stole his future, while hardworking Nike embraces life in the City, recognising his only chance to free himself from the poverty of his birth.
Approached by a secretive faction bent on rebellion, Iosef jumps at the chance to put his natural talent for magic to use against the empire. When Nike saves the life of the prince after an assassination attempt, he is pitched headfirst into the luxuries and perils of court life. When their paths cross again, Nike and Iosef find themselves on opposite sides of a war that has not yet begun. Tasked with killing each other for the sake of powers that see them as nothing more than tools, they realise there might be another way. This is a story of weapons turning against their masters, exploring themes of autonomy, trauma, and the quest for self-acceptance.

Some background on the project: RITS is an inherently queer story, speculating on the experiences of a historical gender minority that no longer exists in the contemporary world. I was fascinated to discover while researching another project that eunuchs constituted their own socioeconomic class in the Byzantine world, and I wanted to explore what it might have been like to be a part of that community at the time. I’m transgender, so while the story is set in a (fictionalised) medieval setting, it is told through a contemporary transgender lens, and I hope it will be able to enter into dialogue with some of the other amazing transgender speculative fiction that is being published at the moment.