My name is Julia. I'm an author of fantasy and science fiction, a lifelong gamer, and wannabe game designer. Writing is one of my great passions. While I do I think of myself as a storyteller more than specifically an author, writing fiction is one of the primary means by which I tell stories.
I have a few books out already, which can be found on Amazon and Smashwords.
WHAT IS THE WORK?
I'll publish works of fiction. Usually, they'll be small pieces posted over on my website. They'll be fantasy stories, science fiction, and I'm even dipping my toes into detective noir! Most of them will be short character pieces, but some might connect and form longer narratives if you read them in order. As a Patron, you'll have first notification every time I post one of these on my site! I may publish only one a month, or I may publish several a week, depending on how inspiration strikes.
Beyond that, I'm always working on bigger projects (I'll detail them down below). What your generous patronage really supports is the publication of these books. They're full sized novels, and they mean a lot to me. I've self-published before, but I want to take a far more serious approach from here on out. That means serious editing, beautiful covers, and lots of work. None of which is cheap, and so I turn here to my lovely patrons for support.
- Captain's Chair. I want to write about a Starship Captain, so I'm going to. It'll be set in a completely original science fiction setting, in which I want to push the limits of sci-fi technology. I want to really see what kind of society I can build when it's not just an analog for modern society. What happens when there are genuinely terrifying weapons instead of just laser guns? What does a society look like when it accepts all genders, sexuality, and lifestyles? How do things work when technology is so advanced that no one wants for anything? I really don't know if I'm qualified to ask these questions, and I certainly don't think I have any answers, but I want to try.
- Dixie Gray Novel. I am very fond of Dixie, Sadie, and the world I'm slowly building for them. I really want to write a full novel set in this dystopian noir retro-future, and I want it to be good. I've never written noir before now, and I've never written a mystery, so I'll need to get a handle on it. Part of that is going to be done with the Dixie Gray short stories published on my website. This will definitely only be one novel, because I don't like the idea of dragging a mystery out for multiple books, but if it turns out as well as I hope there could be other mysteries to solve.
- Dragon Slayer. I've had in my head an idea for a dragon slayer. Set in the Divine Lands, my personal fantasy setting, this would follow the life of a warrior who is sworn to serve an order of wizards. She does so, for years and years, until finally she gets sick of the fact that nothing ever happens. Who attacks a tower full of wizards? So she retires, and becomes a dragon slayer. It's pretty straightforward, and I think it would be a fun adventure. It'll probably only be one book, but if it turns out well enough that could spawn sequels with the same character.
- Modern Mage. Many people like the idea of wizards, magic, and magical creatures going about their adventures in the modern world. I'm one of them! I want to explore this from a different perspective, though. Rather than a simple narrative, I want to write a handbook, written by a mage for mages, giving tips and advice for utilizing modern technology to make wizarding a little easier. Many wizards tend to be fairly old, so this would be written by a young spellcaster who wanted to buck the ancient traditions. Most likely set in Seattle, of course.
- Unnamed Sci-Fi Epic. Take the life of an existing historical figure, and place them in space. Every city becomes a planet, every army unit becomes a starship, and regional geography becomes galactic phenomena. I'm going to retell the life of one of my favorite historical figures, but I'm going to change all of these details (as well as names), because I feel that the more of these I change, the more allegorical it becomes. You can read the life of someone whose story you already know, but divorced from context in this fashion you'll hopefully be able to look at their actions more than the known result. This project will likely involve a series of books.
- Wizard Story. Everyone who knows me personally knows how much I love wizards. So obviously I want to tell the life story of one. We'll follow her from childhood, through her apprenticeship and early study, to personal exploration of magic, and we'll see how her life goes. Will she survive long enough, and learn enough, to become an arch mage? Will she resort to using magic for evil? What will she do when faced with people who fear her power? Who knows! This will probably only be one book, but if it turns out well it could spawn sequels.
HOW'S RELEASE WORK?
My short stories will, as mentioned, happen entirely on my website. They'll be published whenever they're finished, often self-edited or with the generous help of some friends. Which could be frequently, or infrequently, depending on time and availability.
Bigger projects will take a lot longer. I'm going to be working on them diligently, but carefully. Especially for my sci-fi stories this means research (doubly so for the epic), development, read-through, redrafting, polish, rewriting, again and again until I get it right. Once each book is done, I'll make them available for sale on Smashwords and Amazon. Patrons who are at a certain level or higher will get a code that lets them buy my books for free!
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
To start with, the money I get will go directly toward paying the cost of my website. Once that is paid, any remaining money will go to paying editors and cover artists for their invaluable services. After that, if there's any money left after every editor and artist is fairly paid, it'll go to supporting me because I do have this habit of eating regularly.