rachelmanija: (Naruto: Super-energized!)
( Nov. 15th, 2012 04:21 pm)
"The Beast," to Mike Allen at Mythic Delirium.
I am delighted to announce that Stranger, the post-apocalyptic YA novel that I co-wrote with Sherwood Smith, will be published by Viking (Penguin Group) in Winter 2014.

The acquiring editor is Sharyn November. I have wanted to work with her ever since we met twelve years ago, at World Fantasy Con in Corpus Christi, Texas. She said that she was reprinting classic children's fantasies. I grabbed her by the shoulder and said, no doubt with a mad gleam in my eye, "Lloyd Alexander's Westmark! Elizabeth Wein's The Winter Prince! Patricia McKillip's The Changeling Sea" She smiled and said, "We're doing all three. Got any other suggestions?" Sharyn, thank you so much for championing our book.

Also, thank you very much, Eddie Gamarra and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein of the Gotham Group!

Yes, it's the Yes Gay YA book. Here's a little more about it:

Many generations ago, a mysterious cataclysm struck the world. Governments collapsed and people scattered, to rebuild where they could. A mutation, "the Change,” arose, granting some people unique powers. Though the area once called Los Angeles retains its cultural diversity, its technological marvels have faded into legend. "Las Anclas" now resembles a Wild West frontier town… where the Sheriff possesses superhuman strength, the doctor can warp time to heal his patients, and the distant ruins of an ancient city bristle with deadly crystalline trees that take their jewel-like colors from the clothes of the people they killed.

Teenage prospector Ross Juarez’s best find ever – an ancient book he doesn’t know how to read – nearly costs him his life when a bounty hunter is set on him to kill him and steal the book. Ross barely makes it to Las Anclas, bringing with him a precious artifact, a power no one has ever had before, and a whole lot of trouble.

There are five main characters. One is Ross, who knows all about prospecting, fighting, and desert survival, but hasn't had to interact with other human beings on a regular basis since he was twelve. The others are teenagers from Las Anclas: Mia Lee, introverted genius and town oddball, who can design six different weapons before breakfast; Yuki Nakamura, an aspiring prospector who is dying to get out of his small town and explore the rest of the world; Jennie Riley, Changed telekinetic and over-achiever, who must choose between becoming the teacher of the one-room schoolhouse or joining the elite military Rangers; and Felicite Wolfe, the Mayor's narcissistic daughter, who likes to spy on people with the help of her pet mutant rat.

And yes. Yuki is still gay. So is his boyfriend, Paco Diaz, the drummer in the town band. And Brisa Preciado, who has the power to make rocks explode, is still dating shy Becky Callahan, who works after school waiting tables at the saloon. As you can see, this isn't so much a "gay book" or a "straight book" as an ensemble book.

Sherwood and I wanted to write something fun and exciting, with adventure and romance and mutant powers and martial arts and a vivid sense of place. And we wanted it to be about the people who are so often left out of those sorts of books: Latinos and African-Americans, Jews and Asian-Americans, gay boys and lesbian girls, multiracial teenagers and teenagers with physical and mental disabilities. We didn't do this to fulfill some imaginary quota, but because we wanted to write about teenagers like the real ones we know, the real ones in Los Angeles, the real ones we were.

We hope that, however flawed it may be, our novel will make even a few of those teenagers happy.

This is a very personal project for me. People often ask me if I'm ever going to write about coming back to America, after spending most of my childhood in an ashram in India. In a metaphoric sense, this is that book. To tell the story of what it was like for Ross to come to Las Anclas, I drew upon my own experiences of stumbling into an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar rules, beset by memories I couldn't bear to recall and reactions I didn't understand, longing for connection but with no idea of how to relate to people.

Stranger is a post-apocalyptic adventure, not an issue novel. But all stories have their genesis somewhere, and for me, it was my wish to say, "It's okay. You're okay. You'll get better. You'll make friends. You'll fall in love. You can be a hero." I hope it finds its way to the people to whom it will speak.

If you would like to be notified when the book actually comes out, please comment to this post to say so. I will reply to your comment when the book is published, and you should get an email notification. Or you can leave your email address in a comment. (I can copy the address, then delete or screen the comment.) If you're not on LJ/DW, you can comment anonymously (or email me) with an email address where I can reach you.

Incidentally, I am putting out an e-book anthology of my short stories and poetry in a couple months. If you'd like to be notified when that's available, please comment to say so.

If you're interested in reading our book, you may also be interested in this list of YA science fiction and fantasy with major LGBTQ characters. And here's a list of YA fantasy and science fiction with protagonists who aren't white..

I would be happy to answer any questions you might have, about the novel or anything else.

Finally, please feel free to Tweet, link to, or otherwise promulgate this post. Lots of people mentioned during Yes Gay YA that they would like to know what happened to this book, but the vast majority probably don't read my blog.
rachelmanija: (Naruto: Super-energized!)
( Aug. 6th, 2012 11:47 am)
My golem poem "A New Word" sold to Expanded Horizons.

I have been a total flake about submitting anything since I started grad school, but hopefully this sale will herald a new trend.
rachelmanija: (Naruto: Super-energized!)
( Jun. 4th, 2011 09:09 am)
A poem, "The Unkindness of Ravens," to Mythic Delirium.

First sale of the year! In June. Actually, I did get a lot of writing done this year, but most of was on novels rather than shorter, easier-to-sell pieces.
rachelmanija: (Gundam Wing: Quatre listens)
( Jul. 20th, 2010 11:34 am)
The sale was made earlier, but I was waiting to make sure the editor liked it, as it was by invitation to an anthology.

"Steel Rider," a longish short story (6000 words), to JoSelle Vanderhooft's as-yet-untitled lesbian steampunk anthology.

It's set in an alternate American Old West, in which only women - and only the ones who have the right stuff - can ride mecha of mysterious origin. (Gundam West!)
rachelmanija: (Naruto: Super-energized!)
( Jul. 20th, 2010 09:57 am)
My prose poem "Divination by Dragon," to Cabinet des Fees.
rachelmanija: (Naruto: Super-energized!)
( Jul. 4th, 2010 01:11 pm)
"A Cup of Smoke," a fairytale-ish story inspired by a mysterious fox shrine I found in Kyoto, to Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.

ETA: The story of the shrine... and an update, with notes in the comments.
rachelmanija: (Default)
( Mar. 7th, 2010 01:10 pm)
"River of Silk," a Mahabharata poem, to Mike Allen for Mythic Delirium.
rachelmanija: (Mahabharata: Krishna with wheel)
( Mar. 7th, 2010 01:09 pm)
"River of Silk," a Mahabharata poem, to Mike Allen for Mythic Delirium.
rachelmanija: (Heroes: Save the world)
( Feb. 5th, 2010 11:19 am)
The original short story "The Labyrinth and the Knight," commissioned by [livejournal.com profile] tool_of_satan for [livejournal.com profile] care_faith_hope, has been SOLD to Cabinet des Fees, and will appear in their May 2010 issue. Proceeds will be donated to the same cause.

Thanks again for the excellent prompt!
rachelmanija: (Naruto: Super-energized!)
( Dec. 8th, 2009 01:31 pm)
"My Amphibious Love: Ponyo's re-envisioning of 'The Little Mermaid,'" to The Internet Review of Science Fiction.
rachelmanija: (Naruto: Super-energized!)
( Nov. 14th, 2009 10:44 am)
My poem "Minotaur Noir" to Goblin Fruit, guest-edited by Mike Allen.
rachelmanija: (Naruto: Super-energized!)
( Sep. 13th, 2009 04:52 pm)
"Nine Views of the Oracle," to Abyss and Apex.

Second poetry sale ever!
rachelmanija: (Naruto: Super-energized!)
( Jun. 21st, 2009 11:40 am)
I sold a prose poem, "Three Letters to the Prince of Falling Leaves," to the Star*Line prose poetry volume.

Specifically, I sold it to Bruce Boston, the grandmaster of sf poetry, which is kind of mind-boggling. He said it was a beautiful poem and he invites me to submit "regular poetry" to Star*Line.

...I guess that means I should probably learn how to write some.


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