My fiction usually blends magic or psychic powers with science fiction elements.
According to my first reader if you'd enjoy a lighter version of Philip K. Dick or China Millville then there's a good chance you'll enjoy the Cage universe.
Note: Becoming a Patron is for those of you who prefer to collect edited and polished books for your library. For the rest, I suggest patience and a signing up for a monthly update on my blog.
The central character of my primary universe is Cage, a planet-sized organism that never explains its identity or purpose to anyone. You'll experience its mystery through the eyes of assorted characters. Some you will meet again and again; while others will share only a brief story.
Marked Ones Collection:
None of the worlds can explain the Mark. After momentarily vanishing at birth a Marked child seems completely normal. Yet, upon reaching maturity they are yanked back and forth through a dangerous series of jumps between home and distant locations, then vanish entirely.
Their social groups must protect themselves from any emotional attachment to a Mark, since the process snatches attached individuals along to scatter and abandon them around the world. Very few of those connected to a Mark ever find their way home.
The Marked Ones never return.
Keys of Cage Collection:
Those who survive the process arrive in an enclosed system with no exit and no explanations. The survivors call themselves Keys and study their Cage in search of understanding.
Witness how Cage affects its symbiotic captives as they adapt to their new surroundings, build relationships, and learn to make the best of their new life.
- The stories on my site can easily be filtered by collection, universe, or character.
- Story Sample: Cursed Child "Perhaps the only person in the universe that even the gods could not protect was Child. She tried not to take it personally, but sometimes she couldn’t help it."
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Be warned! (also known as "what to expect from this author")
You'll encounter multiple LGBT+ characters from a variety of backgrounds and some non-traditional relationship structures as well. The romantic elements are subtle when they exist at all and some relationships don't work out.
Also, I'm a fan of extremely close friendships, experimental social structures, rule-breaking for the greater good, suffering as a quality of growth, and psychology in general.
There will be typos and structural flaws, especially since I will be making changes to characters and rules of the universe as I go. I'll try to let you know when it happens on purpose ... so you will know when to
Each collection will be cleaned and organized for continuity once I can afford a professional editor. Every active supporter during the final month of publication will receive a digital copy of the collection.
Once they're officially edited and ready to publish the raw drafts of my books will be removed from the site, except for a sample chapter or few from each world.
Reviews and comments (honest, above all, though I'll be thrilled if they're also positive) and fan art (ask if you want reference guidelines) are welcome. Mention @bykarenrenee when you post your image on Instagram & Facebook if you want me to see your take on my characters and worlds.
Updates from the Cage Universe will be most frequent, but you'll receive updates from several other collections as well.