Start writing blog posts, they said. It’s a good way to track your writing, they said. You might even hold yourself accountable to write more, they said.
And yet, it never happened.
Until today! Today, I am actually starting to blog about my writing – something I’ve wanted to do FOREVER. I mean, literally, since I was a nerdy teenager sitting dreaming about writing books one day. I’m 26 now. Only took about a decade, huh?
So! Who am I, and why should you care about my writing? Well, you don’t have to care about my writing at all if you don’t want to, but it would be nice if you did.
I’m Jase, 26, non-binary greyromantic asexual (or you can just call me queer). I use they/them pronouns. I’m chronically ill and disabled, which means I spend most of my time burrowed under an electric blanket on the sofa taking medicine and drinking copious amounts of hot chocolate. I live with my rather wonderful partner, Charlotte, in Nottingham, England, UK. She designed all the smatterings of art you might find on this site (like the header on this post), because she’s talented like that.
And I like to write! Specifically YA fantasy is my absolute favourite, though I’m not averse to a bit of NA romance too. Especially if it’s queer. Some of my favourite tropes include diverse characters, dragons, magical realism, high fantasy, well-developed platonic relationships (siblings! Give me siblings!) and more dragons. I’m a Theology graduate from Durham University and I love ancient myths and religions.
I’m currently working on my first novel, a YA Fantasy about a girl who can talk to the Sun God in her dreams. It’s going to be published in Spring 2022, which is really quite exciting.
I’ll be blogging here about my writing process (mostly crying while typing and eating a lot of crisps), the process of being published, what my experience of the querying trenches was like, and how I ended up writing anything in the first place. I’m particularly keen to de-mystify the whole publishing process, because it’s incredibly difficult to get our foot in the door, especially if we come from marginalised identities. I’ve been very lucky to have some help along the way, and I want to share that help if I can.
So stick around! Or don’t. It’s really up to you. But if you’re interested in writing and/or like the sound of what I do, then I hope there will be something here for you.