My name is Samuel Roe, and I’ve been writing LGBT-themed fiction for the past four years under the name “Cynus”. I am roughly thirty years of age, I have an extensive background in religion and food service, and I know what it’s like to grow up gay in a community which doesn’t understand what that means. I am human, I am passionate, and I am driven.
My number one goal is to help create a world which celebrates diversity instead of stifling it. I’ve always believed in the philosophy of ‘becoming the change you wish to see in the world’, and I try to live my life in accordance with my belief that the world is better off with more diversity.
When I was young, I found it difficult to find relatable protagonists in the stories I read. It wasn’t the authors’ fault by any means—I’m a unique person, relating to people isn’t always my strong suit—but I always felt a little left out when I read fiction. Don’t get me wrong, there were some wonderful stories which really connected with me. Some notable characters I connected with are Andrew “Ender” Wiggin from Ender’s Game, Jarlaxle Baenre from R.A. Salvatore’s Drizzt Do’Urden series, and Simon from Lord of the Flies. They certainly existed, but I found them few and far between, and with the only exception of Ender, they rarely featured front and center in the stories.
Because I’ve always felt like an outsider, and I connect with outsiders, my mission is to create protagonists for people like me: those who live outside the mainstream. I want to tell the stories which are often neglected, pushed aside in the name of either principle or profit. The goal isn’t to get rich, it’s to make good art.
But I do want to dedicate my life to it, and for that there are costs. I want to be making art all the time, and I believe my message is important enough to give my constant devotion to it. The reason this Patreon exists is to accomplish that goal.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Patreon provides a platform for me to make a living while spreading my message. If you’re not familiar with the service, this is how it works:
- Patreon is a crowdfunding service. It allows a creator to be funded by a large number of people rather than relying solely on the generosity of a single benefactor (as opposed to say, traditional publishing or a record deal)
- Patrons pledge a small amount of money either per creation or per month (I run mine through the ‘per creation’ model). This can be as little as $1, and as much as the patron would like to donate.
- You can select a monthly maximum so that you won’t be charged more than a certain amount. Say you pledged $10 per creation, but you set your monthly maximum at $20. That means even if I create three or more items in a month, you’ll never be charged more than $20 in a month.
- Patreon charges a small fee which is withdrawn from your pledge. This is a much smaller fee than other crowdfunding sites, and is used to keep Patreon up and running.
- A pledge of $1 allows me to get a cup of coffee at 7-11. Writers need their stimulants!
- A pledge of $5 allows me to buy bread and some bananas. Just need some peanut-butter and I’ve got sandwiches for days!
- A pledge of $10 allows me to make a batch of chili, and I make some damn good chili. That’s lunch for a week if I do it right.
- A pledge of $20 allows me to pay for gas for most of the month. That’s right, this writer gets to be mobile!
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I hope you’ll consider supporting me and my art. And even if you don’t, please at least take the time to experience my art and see if it makes you feel something. We all can change the world if we invest ourselves fully in the process.
Peace and love to all of you.