Author’s First Kickstarter: The Empress of Timbra

Ten years ago, BFF Robyn and I wrote a book about two half-siblings who meet for the first time in the palace of the Empress of Timbra.

Taver is a village boy who thought he was the biological son of the fisherman who raised him until disaster struck and his mother revealed his true origin as the bastard son of a nobleman. Elaku is his younger sister, the cherished daughter of that same nobleman and his beloved mistress. When the two meet, they have little notion that they’re about to be drawn into conspiracy, treachery and war that threatens to destroy their homeland.

The book was always super fun, but last year, we rewrote it, aided by our twenty years of cumulative experience, into something we’re truly proud of. It’s an unusual sell for a publisher – not middle grade, not young adult, not adult fantasy – but we think there are definitely readers who won’t care about those categories and will like it a great deal.

We’re self-publishing, and we’ve launched a Kickstarter to raise the funds to do it right. We already have twenty backers and are nearly 20% of the way to our goal!


If you want to check it out, and support us by funding, or by sharing the link, we’d be very grateful!



I went to Postmodern Jukebox last night, and had a sore throat when I got home. I hoped that I’d just cheered myself hoarse, but alas, it was a genuine sore throat, which is right now turning into a head cold.

This seems an appropriate time for a comparison.

Sick as a teacher:

  • Ignore it for the first two days in the hope that this will make me magically better while also taking meds in the hope that this will make me scientifically better.
  • Work in increasing pain and haze, until a student, keeping their distance, asks, “Are you sick, Miss?”
  • Reluctantly ask for a day off, always immediately and sympathetically granted.
  • Inform head of faculty, deputy heads, and teachers I might have been working with, who all tell me to go home and get better.
  • Write up to five periods of relief lessons, UGH RELIEF, which takes roughly twice as long when I have to focus around a headache or stuffed nose, with detailed instructions for lessons. Include resources. Place in the special relief zone.
  • Spend miserable day in bed, occasionally checking Google Classroom to see if students are keeping up with the assigned work.
  • Come back to school, where colleagues ask how I am feeling.
  • Deal with aftermath of relief lessons, which, depending on the class and the lesson, can go from “everything done, proceed with the unit” to “yeah, not sure what happened here, repeat the lesson with variations.”
  • I’m still sick, of course, but I’ll be better in a week or so.

Sick as a currently full-time writer:

  • Wake up, take meds, sleep some more.
  • Write in bed.
  • Netflix.