LEX TALIONIS – An Article About My Appearance At The Bocas Lit Festival South

Heh.

Look, Ma, I’m famous.

The Trinidad Guardian wrote a small article on my panel at the Bocas Lit Festival last week Sunday. 

They mentioned me and everything.

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It’s a proud day, I tell you.

I had a marvelous time at that Festival, mostly because I got to hang out with KAREN LORD!

You heard me. You can totally be jealous now. I can take it.

More about that and pics to illustrate later this week. For now, getting back into the work groove and catching up on what needs to be done.

A girl’s got to eat after all.

Goodreads Choice Awards and further Book Pimping

RSAGARCIA:

Awesome! I’ve been book pimped!

Originally posted on Scribbles at Midnight:

I didn’t plan to blog today (scribbles to catch up on) – but it has been brought to my attention that the Goodreads Choice Awards are open for nominations right now.

Go Here – Vote for the Books

I’d also love if you voted for this book – If you’ve read it of course.

RSA Garcia

What? You haven’t read it? You’re wasting your life! *insert shock and horror here*

Ok but seriously -  Reasons to read this book:

  • It’s an intense science fiction/ adventure/ space opera/action/ thriller. It’s got the works – romance, betrayal, aliens, soldier mercenaries, murder, political intrigue and like the title says -  lots of revenge.
  • I am not the only person who thinks the book is awesome – check out the Goodreads  and Amazon reviews!
  • Publishers Weekly loved it too!
  • Lots of you buying it means I get an awesome Christmas present. – This is…

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I Have Upcoming Appearances for LEX TALIONIS So Come Join Me!

If you are from Trinidad and Tobago, or you’ll be in Trinidad on October 27th 2014, feel free to come on down to the Carnegie Library in San Fernando on Library Corner. I’ll be holding a Meet and Greet session for Library Week from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. There will be other local authors there and the event is free and open to the public, so please come out and support if you can.

Even more exciting, I will be on a speculative fiction panel with award-winning spec fic writer, Karen Lord, on November 9th 2014. We will be at the NGC Bocas South Lit Festival at the Southern Academy of the Performing Arts, UTT campus, from 11:00am. Both of us will be reading from our books and there will be a question and answer session. Again, this event is free and open to the public. Copies of LEX TALIONIS will also be available for sale.

Recently, I’ve been lucky enough to autograph copies of my book for colleagues so here’s a few pictures of me doing the author thing for real. A dream come true, being able to autograph my own book!

Here’s my book on a co-worker’s shelf.

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And here’s me autographing a couple of copies.

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Stay thirsty, my friends!

LEX TALIONIS by R.S.A. Garcia – A Talk With a Book Club And An Actual Signing!

So last Monday I had my first ever public speaking event. I went to the Carnegie Library in San Fernando and spoke with the library’s book club. I took my sister and cousin along with me to record the events and for moral support.

It turns out transport to the South city from our capital of Port-of-Spain is surprisingly difficult, even in the middle of the work day, and the weather turned bad on us as well, so I was horrifyingly late–40 minutes. Me. I’m never late for anything! Lucky for me, the lovely senior librarian had actually scheduled me for early in the session and I was able to just talk for the second half. Plus, in typical Trinidad fashion I wasn’t the only one who arrived late, and no one seemed to mind that much because…well…time is a bit more elastic here lol.

As so often happens, almost no one had finished the book, but one person had and it was amazing to sit and answer probing questions from someone who had obviously enjoyed it. I think the members of the club were surprised to learn that Caribbean authors are doing speculative fiction, and some of them wrote down the names I mentioned–Tobias Buckell, Karen Lord and Nalo Hopkinson, to name a few. I got to show them my book in print and one person told me she’d bought it. I was so pleased she’d gone that far, even though she accidentally confessed to my sister it wasn’t really her thing and she regretted buying it.

I think I became aware of just how many people in Trinidad think scifi and speculative fiction is just not for Caribbean people. It’s a cordoning off of who they are and who they can be in the literary world for no apparent reason other than they are suspicious of science fiction and ignorant of what it’s really about. I think they feel it’s not a space people of colour–and people from small islands–belong in. I just wish I could shout from the rooftops, why would we NOT be part of the future? Do you expect that having had such a complicated past and a difficult present, our future is but a mist-filled nothingness?

Whatever the future brings, whatever technologies we develop, whatever mankind becomes, the Caribbean will be right there in it. Not just the Caribbean, but the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific Islands and every other part of this world that some countries literally don’t think about. There are writers all over the world, not only thinking and dreaming about the future, but writing one that we are all part of.

It’s really an exciting time to be a writer, especially one from the Caribbean who wants to present a diverse cast and a different point of view. I’m so happy I get to be a part of this amazing new age.

Greg Byrne Got One Hell of a Publishers Weekly Review For His Debut Novel Nine Planets!

Greg’s a wonderful old friend from Australia and we met on the OWW years ago where we supported each other as we crept toward our goal of being decent writers some day and shared our love of all things cricket.

Greg wrote this amazing, emotional, dystopic yet almost urban fantasy book called ‘Nine Planets’ that really didn’t fit any labels and defied conventions to tell a universal story. It took my publisher, Dragonwell Publishing to see the story for what it was. Something special.

So today we are all very proud, excited and over the moon to see that Publishers Weekly agreed with us.

Congratulations, Greg!!

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I Got Mentioned in The New Watershed Article by Cheryl Morgan!

I’m so excited.

Cheryl Morgan wrote an amazing article about Afrofuturist writers in scifi…and she mentioned me!

Sure, I’m ‘the newest kid on the Caribbean block’, but my interview is on there and everything. And I got mentioned in the same breath as Samuel R. Delaney, Octavia Butler, N.K. Jemisin, Karen Lord and Tobias Buckell. That definitely counts for a lot!

Go read it. It’s a great article about the way non-white writers from Africa, France, the Caribbean, the Middle East and more are expanding the genre in new and interesting ways. I’ve certainly added to my reading list.

*Does the happy dance*

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I’m Headed to Mars!

http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/orion-first-flight/?action=getcert&e=1&cn=341711

See? Got my boarding pass and everything!

For fun, NASA is letting anyone who wants to put their name on the Orion Test Flight to Mars. So you get your name in space, and a little boarding pass memento to prove it. I think it’s so cool.

Want to join me? Go here.

Have fun!

Interview about LEX TALIONIS with Cheryl Morgan on Salon Futura

I have a new interview up on Salon Futura!

Originally done for Ujima Radio of Bristol, UK, I chat with the wonderful Cheryl Morgan about myself, writing, growing up in the Caribbean and of course, my book, LEX TALIONIS.

You can listen to the interview here.

And yes, it was loads of fun.

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A Brave Man Saves The World…

…by doing nothing.

Seriously.

You can read about it here. 

I’m not sure what’s scarier, that one man was the difference, or that we came that close to an unthinkable war in the 1980s for God’s sake.

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Thank goodness all the memories I have of those times include bright colours, Cabbage Patch kids, The Police, Alf, punk rock and Terminators and not my skin peeling off in the wake of a nuclear strike.

Special thanks to EBear for posting a Tumblr link to this fascinating story.

Stay thirsty, my friends!

 

10 Questions with RSA Garcia – Author Interview

RSAGARCIA:

Oh looky! A new fun interview with me!

Originally posted on Scribbles at Midnight:

Due to extreme laziness – not wanting to sit down to type up my review of Cress – I decided to interview Author RSA Garcia today!

Cuz she was sitting on the couch watching cricket and what better way to get the TV to myself for a few minutes.

Here’s a game of ten questions – no boring writer questions here folks – this is pure idleness. See my heckling of the victi…I mean author in brackets below.

1. Coffee or Tea?
Tea, please. *Sips from her cup with her pinky finger extended*

(So gross)

2. Cats or Dogs?
Dogs. Though I’ve recently met the first cat ever to steal my heart, I’ve just always loved dogs.

(Loki is so disappointed in her- betraying him with a cat!)
3. Chocolate or Vanilla?
Cherry Vanilla! Because I’m uniquely boring lol.

(I mean really there’s just no hope for this one)


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