Failing to Fawn: How early experiences shaped my ‘fight’ reflex

An interesting article ran across my eyes this afternoon: "The Cowardice of White Women", by Louisa Leontiades. It discusses the tendency of white women to want to fit in, to receive our power secondhand from white men, and to ingratiate and adapt in order to survive, and how that learned behavior often makes us poor allies … Continue reading Failing to Fawn: How early experiences shaped my ‘fight’ reflex

Cover Reveal for FROM UNSEEN FIRE

It's here, it's here! At long, long last, I can reveal the cover for From Unseen Fire: Isn't it gorgeous? I'm totally in love with it. Thanks to artist Tran Nguyen, who really nailed a fantastic look, and to the whole team at DAW for getting this put together. And, thanks to Unbound Worlds for hosting … Continue reading Cover Reveal for FROM UNSEEN FIRE

Rooms of Our Own

I've found myself thinking quite a bit lately about writing communities -- and particularly about those which are composed entirely or primarily of women (and, in many cases, transgender individuals and enbies). As someone who was supposed to debut in 2017 and is now debuting in 2018, I belong to a few different groups of … Continue reading Rooms of Our Own

Wonder Woman, Historical Fiction, and Fantasy Fulfillment

A few days ago, I finally saw Wonder Woman, and it was as delightful as the internet had promised me it would be. I want more movies like this. I want sequels. I want prequels that just focus on the Amazons kicking ass thousands of years ago. I want spin-offs. And I want more heroines, all … Continue reading Wonder Woman, Historical Fiction, and Fantasy Fulfillment

“I witness to the times that brought them in”

Evolution means gaining something, but it almost always means losing something, too.

Constant Vigilance

The theatre I work for just closed a new play, Shakespeare's Sister by Emma Whipday, which explores the life of the hypothesized Judith. Whipday's concept came from Virginia Woolf and her style was heavily influenced by Shakespeare in Love. I'm not sure what I was expecting going in -- something lighter, more on the Shakespeare in Love side … Continue reading Constant Vigilance

In which Cass launches a Patreon

Cass Morris is creating epic fantasy novels and other SFF stories What's a Patreon? Excellent question! It's like a Kickstarter, except instead of funding a project, you fund an artist with a monthly pledge. You start getting rewards immediately and will continue to do so at the level of your pledge for as long as … Continue reading In which Cass launches a Patreon

A message from DAW

Those of you who have already pre-ordered From Unseen Fire might have gotten an email today letting you know that the publication date has changed. Not to worry! I'll now be debuting on January 2nd, 2018, and I'm terribly excited to have the chance to be "first out of the gate", as it were, in … Continue reading A message from DAW

Query Letter: A Success Story

what's super interesting is that, for as much as the book has changed over the past three years -- and boy howdy has it -- this query letter is still a fairly accurate description of the story...

A Title… Again!

I knew I wanted to go the traditional publishing route rather than self-publishing because I wanted a team.