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Awards Eligibility 2018

It’s that time of year again, and I’m happy to have a story out that the SFF community can read and consider, or just enjoy, whether you’re a voting member or not.

The Anchorite Wakes was published in Clarkesworld in August, and you can read it here for free. 

If you are so moved, I’d appreciate you remembering it when you vote.

I had another story, The Bois, reprinted in the Apex Book of World SF Volume 5, which is out now. You can buy it here. The same story was also in SuperSonic magazine (Spain) and will be reprinted in next year’s Sunspot Jungle Volume II anthology. You can pre-order Volume I here.

Both collections are full of fantastic stories, and new and established international writers who have something fresh and original to offer to fans of genre. I’m honoured to be part of these wonderful publications.

I’m also delighted to be on the recommended reading list for the Nebulas again this year, for The Anchorite Wakes. Writers are readers first and the more my stories are shared, the happier it makes me. Thank you to the person who added me. Blessings!

Until we meet again…

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It’s Official! I’m in Clarkesworld Magazine!

Delighted to announce that my short story, ‘The Anchorite Wakes’, is now available in the August issue of Clarkesworld Magazine!

You can read it here.

This is a dream sale for me, to a market and editor I’ve long admired. I’m still pinching myself to make sure it’s real.

Check out the other excellent stories in the issue, and subscribe if you can. You won’t regret it.

In the meantime, excuse me while I celebrate…

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I Have Sold Things!

Long time no see.

Happy to say I’ve been busy and now I can talk about it.

I’ve sold my short story ‘The Bois’, which made the 2017 recommended reading list for the Nebulas, to three markets.

In my first translation sale ever, Spanish lovers of scifi will be able to read ‘The Bois’ in SuperSonic Magazine’s No. 11 tribute issue to Ursula K. Le Guin, which came out this July.

Huge shout-out to my editor Arrate, who really, really got me and this story, and made some amazing suggestions that helped this non-Spanish speaker immensely.

The Apex Book of World SF Volume 5 has also included my story. It’s available for pre-order now. Until then, you can enjoy a playlist of songs selected for each story here.  I love the one my marvelous editor, Cristina Jurado, selected for me!

Rosarium Publishing and the amazing Bill Campbell has also included my story in their  impressive anthology Sunspot Jungle Volume 2. I would have paid to get in alongside these giants of the field, but they paid me instead!

Everyone one of these collections includes other amazing stories, so feel free to buy them all.

To say I’m shocked this little story has done so well is an understatement. I trunked this story for years, convinced it wasn’t good enough. Had Truancy Magazine not had such a specific call for folklore based stories, I never would have dusted it off. This has been a great lesson for me in two ways. Never throw anything away and never assume a story is not publishable. Sometimes, it just hasn’t found it’s home yet.

Don’t give up on yourself.

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The Sunspot Jungle Anthology Cometh!

My Nebula recommended short, ‘The Bois’, is going to be in Rosarium Publishing’s new Sunspot Jungle two-volume anthology!

You can read the announcement here.

I mean, did you see the names I’m going to be appearing alongside?

DID YOU SEE?

AND LOOK AT THIS COVER!

Rosarium to release “Sunspot Jungle” 2 volume anthology!2018 will mark Rosarium Publishing’s fifth anniversary. To celebrate, they will be releasing a two-volume SFF anthology, entitled
Sunspot Jungle: The Ever-Expanding Universe of Science Fiction...

I’m beyond flattered and excited to be included, and I’ll let you guys know as soon as it’s on sale.

Not a bad start to 2018, huh?

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2017 Awards Eligibility

I’ve never done this before, so I’ll just jump right into it.

Hi, my writing name is R.S.A. Garcia and I have a story eligible for awards this year.

You can read ‘The Bois’ for free at this link.

Really nice people said some really nice things about the story here and here.

There’s a great list of everything published by black authors in 2017 here, which I’m on.

I’m also on the recommended reading list for the Nebulas.

I would love it if you read my story. If you’re a voting member for speculative fiction writing awards and you like it, please consider voting for it.

Thanks for stopping by!

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I’m On the Nebula Awards Recommended Reading List!

The title says it all!

I’m so shocked and SO SO HAPPY!

You can click on this link to see my name up in lights with all the other writers, a lot of whom I admire and can’t believe I’m keeping company with!

I’m recommended reading!

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Me!

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No idea how it happened, but I’m taking it!

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(P.S. apologies for all the exclamation points and gifs, but yeah…you know how it is… 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

New Short Story – The Bois

Hello!

It’s been a while, right? Well, I have good news.

I have a new short story out!

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It’s called ‘The Bois’ and it’s in Truancy Magazine’s final issue, Truancy 4. It’s a futuristic take on the Caribbean mythical figure, Papa Bois, set in a colony of Caribbean descendants.

You can find it here:

The Bois by RSA Garcia

It’s free, so drop on by and check it out, along with the other great stories in the issue. Feel free to pass the word if you like it.

And thanks for reading!

Guardian – New Short Story

So, I have a new story up. This one arose from a writing exercise, although the idea had been in my head for years.

I won a prize of a year of short story writing mentorship from an established editor in a contest on my writing forum and the editor’s first challenge to me was to write a story with the word sacrifice.

Sometimes I need triggers to do things. I’m the worst procrastinator ever. Took me months to get around to those two stories. Thank God the editor was also a dear friend and willing to wait.

*Shameless Plug* That editor is CN Lesley, and her debut fantasy novel ‘Darkspire Reaches’ will be released shortly from Kristell Ink. I’ve had the pleasure of reading the beta manuscript and it was AMAZING! You can find out more and pre-order from her website, http://www.cnlesley.com.*End of Shameless Plug*

Back to your regularly scheduled programme.

I had been kicking around the idea of two star-crossed lovers meeting again after a long time, but they’re on opposite sides of the same war. This is what resulted. Not quite what I expected and I’m not sure I’ll ever publish it. It’s definitely in need of more polish.

But tell me what you think. Go read it and if you decide to vote or like it, thanks very much. It’s really appreciated.

Click right here to read Guardian  

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  check out the Trunk and read my other short stories too!

Check out my new short story – Smile

Just posted another free story. It’s really more of a first draft, excerpt sort of thing. It wants to be a novel, but I’m not convinced it’s old enough to stand on its own two feet.

This one bounced around in my mind for years. I originally wanted to do a story about a stranger in a strange land–in this case, an immigrant from the Caribbean in a near future New York. I wanted him to be an ex-con, to have broken the laws of that time. For the longest while, it was going to be about home-sickness and that feeling that no matter what you do, you don’t belong.

Then I sat down to write it and this came out. Go figure.
Now it wants to be something I’ve never done before. An urban fantasy, but with Caribbean folklore. Sort of an ‘American Gods’, but maybe not so heavy. I don’t know. It’s young yet, and kids usually talk a good game. I just know I tend to like my stories to be quite a twisty ride, and this doesn’t feel like I’m done. It feels like I just got on the bus.

Help me decide? Vote on whether it’s done, it’s sucks or it needs to keep going.
Thanks guys. Don’t be a stranger.

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(Warning: Mild Adult Language)

The Next Big Thing

I’m participating in a fun author blog hop called The Next Big Thing.

I was tagged for this exercise by the talented Susan Elizabeth Curnow, who has a wonderful science fiction novel out called Game of Adversaries.

I was lucky enough to read this book at the beta stage and I’m so happy I get to finally see it in print and check out the published ending!

She blogs at http://susanelizabethcurnow.weebly.com/games-of-adversaries.html. Her scifi novel presents unforgettable characters and inventive alien societies clashing over the future of an incredible world.

What is my next big thing?
A science fiction mystery novel coming out in the fall of 2013.

What is the working title of your book?
Lex Talionis (The Law of Revenge).

Where did you get the idea for the book?
Several things came together in my head one night while I was lying in bed. Bats in the roof were keeping me awake, and I’d just seen what my 9 year-old mind thought was one of the best movies ever. A made for TV romp called Ice Pirates. I started thinking about mercenaries flying around space, and how cool it would be if the leader was a tough-as-nails girl.

What genre does your book fall under?
Science Fiction Mystery. Is that even an established genre? No idea.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Lex: Well, that’s a tough one. She’s not classically pretty to my mind, but she’s arresting. I must have dark hair, even if I have to give up her green eyes. I recently discovered Rachel Nichols in Continuum and I like her because she reminds me of Lex, but she’s a bit older than I’d want.

Elena Satine isn’t bad either, but she’s also older. Chloe Grace Moritz and Hailee Stanfield can act the part, and they’re young enough, but are they too young?

And I’m taking this waaaayyy too seriously now.

Michael: Tom Sturridge

Colin: Matthew Morrison might be okay

Anton: Idris Elba in lieu of someone bigger. If I could have someone the size Michael Clarke Duncan and with Idris’ acting chops I’d be in heaven.

Andor: Steven Amell  or Sam Worthington

Ru-ad: Ben Kingsley or Bill Nighy

Oux: Andy Serkis ::grin::.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A young woman searches for the her identity–and the men that murdered her–with the help of the alien that brought her back from the dead.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It will be published by Dragonwell Publishing. http://publishing.dragonwell.org/

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It’s been in existence in one form or another since I was a teenager. However, I sat down and finished the first real draft over a period of about six months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’m not sure I have a genre to compare it to.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
When I came up with Lex, there weren’t a lot of kick-ass leading women in science fiction. I wanted to write about a real person, with problems, flaws and loves, and I wanted her to be strong and unique, but vulnerable too. I wanted a kick-ass woman I could relate to.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
At its heart, it’s about revenge and the consequences of choosing that course of action. But the universe Lex lives in has humans practically on the bottom rung of the ladder, and I also explore the future of eugenics and how it might influence warfare.

Next up, I’ve tagged awesome authors to participate and tell you about their Next Big Things:

Walter Williams http://renakuzar.livejournal.com/ has a historical fantasy novel coming out from Dragonwell this year called The Garden at the Roof of the World. I had the pleasure of seeing early drafts of this book, and I can tell you, he’s captured the past in beautiful passages that make our history as interesting and wondrous as an alien world.

Tara Maya http://taramayastales.blogspot.com/ has book 6 of her Unfinished Song series launching soon. If you’re looking for a fantasy with a unique magic system, these books are for you!