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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NINE PLANETS by Greg Byrne: now available for pre-order

RSAGARCIA:

A new author leaps onto the stage!

Originally posted on Dragonwell Publishing Blog:

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In the world of despair, Father Nick’s Day is the only hope…

Peter Blackwell wakes from a coma into a world he doesn’t recognize. Without memory or identity, all he has are nine random images. Nine planets. Eight he can see, although he does not understand them, but the impenetrable ninth is the secret that two opposing and hidden brotherhoods have been seeking for nearly two millennia. Pursued, betrayed, Blackwell has twelve days to unlock his Ninth Planet and prevent terminal worldwide suicide. And his only ally is a manic assassin sent to extract the secret and kill him.

Click on the cover above to download this debut science fiction thriller in advance of its publication on November 30, 2014.

About the author:

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Greg Byrne is an English teacher, grammar consultant, and lecturer. He enjoys exploring places, ideas, history, languages and science, dinners with friends, watching his family grow, and…

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Kameron Hurley Gets Real With Writers

I read this piece today at Chuck Wendig’s blog. It said what I believe about the writing business, but in a much more elegant way. There is, for example, a reason I called it a business. But when award-winning writer Kameron Hurley says it, it sounds so much better.

Must be that whole ‘award-winning writer’ thing.

Seriously, I wish every author would read this article and take note.

After reading that, I meandered on to this article, also a guest post by Hurley. This one really hit home, particularly since I’ve just published a book myself, quickly realising the things she spoke so eloquently of here.

I think every writer should read this article too. Because it’s inspirational.

I’ve been psyching myself out over a bad review here and there, and fretting over my lack of success, as I saw it. But recently, my sister helped me put some things in perspective. She reminded me that even when things were darkest in my life, I kept writing. Now, at the beginning of the writing career I’ve always wanted, I’m talking myself out of doing what I’ve always loved because of my doubts.

Talk about acting senselessly.

This is the one thing I’ve always come back to. The one thing I feel I can do better than most people. Something I love to do. And I’m actually talking myself out of it because of some misguided sense that I haven’t achieved anything.

Kameron is raw and real here and she shares some really personal things.  Thank god she talked about how important persistence is. And how it’s really not about getting to the top, because there is no top. There is simply the journey.

That made me remember that I decide what success is. I am the one who can stop me from achieving. No one else. If I want to continue writing, I can. I just have to remember that it’s all about action. I can’t write if I don’t write. And if I want to do this for a living, I can’t not write.

So I’m going to write.

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

Lawrence M. Schoen–who needs to teach me the Klingon language some day–graciously invited me to partake of his unusual feature, ‘Eating Authors’, in which various authors recall their most memorable meal.

Find out what was my favourite meal ever and why.

Just click here.

And if you came here because you found me through Dr. Schoen’s blog or my Twitter feed:

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