Thank You for Export Duty’s Great Release Week!

Thank you all for the absolutely fantastic release week! Export Duty is getting so much love ❤

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Freddy is pleased.

I started what I hope will be a new tradition with this release—reading it along with everyone. It was such fun to revisit these characters I love so much and to think about where they’re heading! Continue reading “Thank You for Export Duty’s Great Release Week!”

Cat Treats

(Apologies to those who saw a sneak peek of this in their email a bit ago. I hit the wrong button! 🙂 )

Have you ever had a cat who was obsessed with cat treats?

I have. It can get kinda scary.

My family had tons of pets throughout my childhood. One of them was a Siamese cat named Chloe. I’d like to take a few moments to tell you a bit about Chloe.

The Siamese cats I’ve encountered have been on one far end of three spectrums. They were either extremely intelligent or dumb as a rock (oh, my sweet Sammie cat, how I miss you), really vocal or very quiet (okay, I don’t so much miss the mraking in the middle of the night), and super sweet or…evil incarnate.

Guess which one Chloe was with that last spectrum?

I have scars. Like, on-my-body scars.

She was quiet. She was smart. She would lie in wait for me before attacking. Continue reading “Cat Treats”

Finding Value

One of the best parts of being a writer is those moments of discovery, when a character reveals something about themselves or their world that you didn’t see coming. I learned a ton about the Coalition of Planets while writing Export Duty.

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I brought my own preconceptions to the novella when I started to write it. One of those is that I hold medical personnel in high esteem. Doctors, nurses, physical therapists, psychologists—anyone who has devoted their life and career to helping others.

The most surprising revelation Rin brought to me (though, in retrospect, I should have expected it), was the low social position that medical personnel hold in the Coalition. Continue reading “Finding Value”