Naomi

is creating Fiction and Botanical Alchemy

6

patrons

$99

per month
Welcome to a land of feathery felines and faerie wings, glimmering trees, and mushroom rings. I write about plant magic, and girls with fierce hearts. I hope you’ll join me for the journey.

WHO?

Hello, I’m Naomi. I'm working to finish my first novel, a YA fantasy with elements of botanical magic and faerie lore. I also run Unicorn Crate, a YA fantasy book box. I'm a lifetime student of storytelling, botanical perfumery, herbalism, and aromatherapy. I love crafting stories both with words and scent.

I also hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast, and am certified in The Art of Botanical Perfume from The New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. I currently live in New England with Leia, my familiar – a fluffy cat who completely owns my heart and runs my life.


WHY PATREON? (updated 8/18/19)

By day I’m a copy editor, and by night I run Unicorn Crate (now a bimonthly box instead of monthly), which is not always a guaranteed source of supplementary income – though I do love the community that’s evolved from it.

I’m working hard to save every penny I can for a car and a place to live after going through a divorce last year and I’m hoping Patreon can be a way to help me work toward both saving and my most important goal: writing.

With Patreon, my goal is to do a lot more writing and take you along for the journey as I create entire worlds and put my spin on a few retellings I have in the works! The dream is to turn these books in my head into actual things you can hold in your hands, and which will live with you forever.

So is this some sort of “quit your day job quick-fix?” Hardly! I see Patreon as another iron in the fire – a fun one where I get to connect with readers – and don’t have any intention of quitting my day job, which I only just started this year and feel blessed to have (and yes, I'm a millennial who greatly relates to this song). Writer's rarely make a livable wage from their writing alone, as you’re probably aware. Even if they’re a full-time published author. Having multiple irons in the fire IS a writer’s life.

So, with a little magic on Patreon, and all the other gears I’ve got turning, I'll be able to move out of the closet-sized room (with no closet) in my parents’ house that I moved back into. It's not quite the cupboard under the stairs, and I’m grateful for my family, but it's tight and Leia needs more room to run around and be a cat (other part of the house is off-limits due to their pets). And I need a place where I can actually live, work, write, and create.

Being backed on Patreon means I will have more time and space to do the work I am so excited to create for the YA fantasy community. For YOU. It will help me bring my current book, and hopefully many others, into the world for your enjoyment.


WHAT YOU'll GET

Every month, I will be creating behind the scenes updates, sharing exclusive snippets, previews, and chapter drafts of the project I’m working on (these need to be drafts, because otherwise the stories will be "published" once I share them, and I may lose First Publication rights). Some things I'll go on to publish, and some things will be just for patrons. I'm going to have fun with it. I'll also be posting about my inspirations, perhaps some mood boards, maps, and even recipes from the world of which I’m writing about. Thoughts and tips on the writing process. Plus cat pictures! You'll also get to see some behind the scenes when I venture through the publishing process. 

In addition, for those who like actual things in the post, if you sign up for the Faerie Treasure level, you’ll receive little perfumes, potions, and treasures from Eyela’s world. These things I will make and ship to you from my little perfumery / apothecary (I’ve carved out a small corner of a storage room downstairs and when I move I’ll have a much better space for this, too).

I could also offer limited spots to have me give feedback on YOUR work. Let me know if this is of interest (it would be a more expensive tier). I am experienced in all stages of the editing process and enjoy working on creative nonfiction and fiction. Recently I have been a proofreader and copy editor for lifestyle books and young adult novels published by an imprint of a "big five" publisher.  

If you just want to throw a couple of bucks in the jar to keep the mugs of tea coming as I write, that’s great, too! I am so grateful for anything you do to support me and my writing. Every penny will help.


CURRENT PROJECT

So, what IS my book about? Here’s a short synopsis of this WIP (work in progress):

Seventeen-year-old Eyela Tarryn has a secret – she has plant magic in a world that has been swept clean of it for nearly eight hundred years. But not even she yet understands what she truly is.

She has grown up on the streets fending for herself. At eight-years-old, she witnessed the murder of the woman who taught her how to survive as a thief and who was protecting her true identity. Eyela manages to escape the assassins and flees the northern island of Nyris for the mainland of Artoria, where she discovers her magic and a lonely new city. She lives by three rules: Stay hidden, trust no one, take only what you need.

Nine years later she has finally found a way of life for herself and her giant forest cat by running parcels for the Queen's post through the area's rugged mountain trails and glacial valleys. But her secret is getting harder to keep as her magic seems to be awakening more often. When she finds an otherworldly document on the trail it threatens to disrupt everything she has worked so hard for, including the roof over her head. Yet it also may hold answers to questions she never thought she'd get to ask. When she is reported for having magic by someone she thought she could trust, survival becomes paramount once again, and she embarks on a journey to find more than she could have ever imagined.


Thank you for your kindness, generosity, and support. Even if you aren't able to subscribe to a monthly tier but can share this with someone who may be interested, you are part of that journey. ❤

With love and magic,
- Naomi


*Please note that the levels specify a particular amount or more (up to but not including the next level). So if you feel that $2 is less than you want to contribute but the jump to $5 is too much, you can pick whatever amount works for you.

Tiers
Glimmer
$2 or more per month

Thank you! Seriously. You're supporting me, and my cat Leia, and feeding the faeries of Loriant! You get access to all locked posts on Patreon and my eternal gratitude. Every penny will help.

Gossamer
$3 or more per month

  

THANK YOU 2x! You’re support means so much to us! You get access to all locked posts on Patreon, PLUS a monthly cat photo 😊 Leia is already working on her poses for you.

Faerie Dust
$5 or more per month

You are seriously helping to make the magic happen! At least once per month, you'll be able to view a never-before-seen original piece of writing. Typically, this means chapter previews. You'll also get access to posts and cat pics. [*If the monthly patronage reaches over $1K, I’ll also make a monthly video that will unlock at this tier!]

Unicorn
$10 or more per month

You are pure magic! At this level of support, along with the above, you get access to extra writing each month and, once there are at least a handful at this tier and you have questions for me, I'll do a Q & A video based on your questions.

Faerie Treasure
$25 or more per month only 6 left

As a show of your amazing support I’ll send some magical mail your way! At this level, in addition to all the above, you’ll receive a small sample-size item from my botanical perfumery that is inspired by an actual perfume, elixir, or other odd alchemy from the fiction I’m writing (I am a certified botanical perfumer in addition to a writer, but these items may be a bit … peculiar. They are, after all, from a different realm). You may also occasionally find a little crystal in your package.

*my creations are made with the finest selection of plant essences, absolutes, and Co2 extracts. No synthetics and never tested on animals!

Goals
$99 of $1,000 per month
If the monthly patronage reaches over $1K, I’ll make a monthly video that will unlock at the Faerie Dust Tier! And I'll be able to replace my 21-year-old car which no longer runs. Woo!
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Welcome to a land of feathery felines and faerie wings, glimmering trees, and mushroom rings. I write about plant magic, and girls with fierce hearts. I hope you’ll join me for the journey.

WHO?

Hello, I’m Naomi. I'm working to finish my first novel, a YA fantasy with elements of botanical magic and faerie lore. I also run Unicorn Crate, a YA fantasy book box. I'm a lifetime student of storytelling, botanical perfumery, herbalism, and aromatherapy. I love crafting stories both with words and scent.

I also hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast, and am certified in The Art of Botanical Perfume from The New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. I currently live in New England with Leia, my familiar – a fluffy cat who completely owns my heart and runs my life.


WHY PATREON? (updated 8/18/19)

By day I’m a copy editor, and by night I run Unicorn Crate (now a bimonthly box instead of monthly), which is not always a guaranteed source of supplementary income – though I do love the community that’s evolved from it.

I’m working hard to save every penny I can for a car and a place to live after going through a divorce last year and I’m hoping Patreon can be a way to help me work toward both saving and my most important goal: writing.

With Patreon, my goal is to do a lot more writing and take you along for the journey as I create entire worlds and put my spin on a few retellings I have in the works! The dream is to turn these books in my head into actual things you can hold in your hands, and which will live with you forever.

So is this some sort of “quit your day job quick-fix?” Hardly! I see Patreon as another iron in the fire – a fun one where I get to connect with readers – and don’t have any intention of quitting my day job, which I only just started this year and feel blessed to have (and yes, I'm a millennial who greatly relates to this song). Writer's rarely make a livable wage from their writing alone, as you’re probably aware. Even if they’re a full-time published author. Having multiple irons in the fire IS a writer’s life.

So, with a little magic on Patreon, and all the other gears I’ve got turning, I'll be able to move out of the closet-sized room (with no closet) in my parents’ house that I moved back into. It's not quite the cupboard under the stairs, and I’m grateful for my family, but it's tight and Leia needs more room to run around and be a cat (other part of the house is off-limits due to their pets). And I need a place where I can actually live, work, write, and create.

Being backed on Patreon means I will have more time and space to do the work I am so excited to create for the YA fantasy community. For YOU. It will help me bring my current book, and hopefully many others, into the world for your enjoyment.


WHAT YOU'll GET

Every month, I will be creating behind the scenes updates, sharing exclusive snippets, previews, and chapter drafts of the project I’m working on (these need to be drafts, because otherwise the stories will be "published" once I share them, and I may lose First Publication rights). Some things I'll go on to publish, and some things will be just for patrons. I'm going to have fun with it. I'll also be posting about my inspirations, perhaps some mood boards, maps, and even recipes from the world of which I’m writing about. Thoughts and tips on the writing process. Plus cat pictures! You'll also get to see some behind the scenes when I venture through the publishing process. 

In addition, for those who like actual things in the post, if you sign up for the Faerie Treasure level, you’ll receive little perfumes, potions, and treasures from Eyela’s world. These things I will make and ship to you from my little perfumery / apothecary (I’ve carved out a small corner of a storage room downstairs and when I move I’ll have a much better space for this, too).

I could also offer limited spots to have me give feedback on YOUR work. Let me know if this is of interest (it would be a more expensive tier). I am experienced in all stages of the editing process and enjoy working on creative nonfiction and fiction. Recently I have been a proofreader and copy editor for lifestyle books and young adult novels published by an imprint of a "big five" publisher.  

If you just want to throw a couple of bucks in the jar to keep the mugs of tea coming as I write, that’s great, too! I am so grateful for anything you do to support me and my writing. Every penny will help.


CURRENT PROJECT

So, what IS my book about? Here’s a short synopsis of this WIP (work in progress):

Seventeen-year-old Eyela Tarryn has a secret – she has plant magic in a world that has been swept clean of it for nearly eight hundred years. But not even she yet understands what she truly is.

She has grown up on the streets fending for herself. At eight-years-old, she witnessed the murder of the woman who taught her how to survive as a thief and who was protecting her true identity. Eyela manages to escape the assassins and flees the northern island of Nyris for the mainland of Artoria, where she discovers her magic and a lonely new city. She lives by three rules: Stay hidden, trust no one, take only what you need.

Nine years later she has finally found a way of life for herself and her giant forest cat by running parcels for the Queen's post through the area's rugged mountain trails and glacial valleys. But her secret is getting harder to keep as her magic seems to be awakening more often. When she finds an otherworldly document on the trail it threatens to disrupt everything she has worked so hard for, including the roof over her head. Yet it also may hold answers to questions she never thought she'd get to ask. When she is reported for having magic by someone she thought she could trust, survival becomes paramount once again, and she embarks on a journey to find more than she could have ever imagined.


Thank you for your kindness, generosity, and support. Even if you aren't able to subscribe to a monthly tier but can share this with someone who may be interested, you are part of that journey. ❤

With love and magic,
- Naomi


*Please note that the levels specify a particular amount or more (up to but not including the next level). So if you feel that $2 is less than you want to contribute but the jump to $5 is too much, you can pick whatever amount works for you.

Recent posts by Naomi

Tiers
Glimmer
$2 or more per month

Thank you! Seriously. You're supporting me, and my cat Leia, and feeding the faeries of Loriant! You get access to all locked posts on Patreon and my eternal gratitude. Every penny will help.

Gossamer
$3 or more per month

  

THANK YOU 2x! You’re support means so much to us! You get access to all locked posts on Patreon, PLUS a monthly cat photo 😊 Leia is already working on her poses for you.

Faerie Dust
$5 or more per month

You are seriously helping to make the magic happen! At least once per month, you'll be able to view a never-before-seen original piece of writing. Typically, this means chapter previews. You'll also get access to posts and cat pics. [*If the monthly patronage reaches over $1K, I’ll also make a monthly video that will unlock at this tier!]

Unicorn
$10 or more per month

You are pure magic! At this level of support, along with the above, you get access to extra writing each month and, once there are at least a handful at this tier and you have questions for me, I'll do a Q & A video based on your questions.

Faerie Treasure
$25 or more per month only 6 left

As a show of your amazing support I’ll send some magical mail your way! At this level, in addition to all the above, you’ll receive a small sample-size item from my botanical perfumery that is inspired by an actual perfume, elixir, or other odd alchemy from the fiction I’m writing (I am a certified botanical perfumer in addition to a writer, but these items may be a bit … peculiar. They are, after all, from a different realm). You may also occasionally find a little crystal in your package.

*my creations are made with the finest selection of plant essences, absolutes, and Co2 extracts. No synthetics and never tested on animals!