The night before International Talk Like a Pirate Day, I had a party to celebrate the release of my novel, Adrift. I decided to dress up as Jaclyn Rousseau, who is a pirate and the protagonist of the book. So that Jaclyn wouldn’t be left out, I ran a dress-up contest to give away a … More Land ho! Adrift is released for International Talk Like a Pirate Day
The last month has been pretty busy for me. I travelled to New Zealand to meet my partner at Solarwyrm Press, Jax Goss, followed by a trip to Melbourne, Australia, for the Melbourne Writers Festival, which I hope to write about separately another time. Less than a week after returning to KL, I attended a … More One week until the release of Adrift (and another giveaway)
Getting to this point has been a long and sometimes emotionally difficult road. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel once I finally held my novel in my hands. Creating the ebook files was almost too easy for me, with my background in Internet Computing. It didn’t quite feel real then. And whilst … More Adrift is finally in my hands… and new ways to get it in yours!
One of the things that appealed to me about indie-publishing is that I’d get to have complete creative control over the finished product. When I was fifteen, I recorded 2 comedy CDs, which I put together entirely on my own. I design the cover, the CD labels, everything. I just love the DIY approach. When … More Developing the Cover of Adrift
This is the outfit that started me on my pursuit of a pirate character. My husband had surprised me with the beautiful burgundy velvet sleeves, laced with black ribbons, as a Valentine’s Day gift in 2011. I’m trying to be relatively modest in this photo because, rather than wearing a corset like I do now, … More Jaclyn Rousseau: Evolution of a Pirate Costume
The blurb It’s the 21st century, and Jaclyn Rousseau is not where she should be. 1661 disappeared before her eyes, and there’s no way home. That matters not to Jaclyn—she lost her lover, and everything else that meant anything to her, in the West Indies. In an adventure that crosses time and the Atlantic, a … More Cover Reveal for Adrift, crowdfunding on Indiegogo, and a Giveaway
As I’ve been getting closer to finishing Adrift and releasing it, I’ve been thinking more about how to summarise it for the blurb on the back of the book. I had a summary that I had written before I even finished the novel, but then as I was working on the book cover, I realised … More Why label LGBT/queer fiction?
When I finished writing Adrift in September last year, I had all these great expectations that I’d be able to knock out my editing in a month and be able to release it before Christmas. Then I started doubting myself. “What if it’s not as good as I think it is?” “What if people don’t … More Growing Past the Fear of Editing
This past weekend, I headed down to Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan with my family. I’d not been before and it’s one of the nearest beach locations to Kuala Lumpur. It takes about 90 minutes to get there. My purpose for travelling to Port Dickson was, primarily, because I wanted to take some new photos of … More Jaclyn Rousseau in Port Dickson
What would you do if you randomly saw a woman dressed like a pirate, walking around a tourist town, seeing no explanation as to why? In case you’re someone who isn’t a regular follower of mine, Jaclyn Rousseau is a character I’ve been developing roughly over the last two years. As she was first introduced … More Jaclyn Rousseau goes to Malacca