What Kind of Fantasy Heroine Do You Like?

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Isolte and Saroya

I’ve got a guest post up today on the Heroines of Fantasy blog, run by a fine posse of Hadley Rille press authors, several of whom also happen to be Viable Paradise alumni.

The kick-ass heroine is very popular these days. But there’s another kind of heroine I wanted to talk about. Have a look!

A big thank you to Heroines of Fantasy for hosting me today.

KatrinaWhat Kind of Fantasy Heroine Do You Like?

The Non-Specialist

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I found this column online at The Guardian about specialists vs. non-specialists. It hit home for me given the themes in Untalented, and how I have personally experienced the pressure to specialize.

I particularly liked the point that not everyone is suited to specialization, and how freeing it is if you are a generalist to just accept that and find ways to be productive and contribute when surrounded by specialists.

If you’ve got a kid you suspect is a generalist, let them know it’s OK to not try to fit in a single rigid box. There’s untold value in exploration and the interconnection of ideas and skills.

KatrinaThe Non-Specialist

A Book! A Book!

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Isolte and Saroya

Untalented front smallA book! A book! A BOOK! ABOOKABOOKABOOKABOOKABOOK!

(What, you expected me to be calm? And waste an opportunity for a full Kermit flail?)

Untalented is out in the world. You can buy it from me, you can buy it from Amazon, or you can buy it from many of your favourite online retailers in the U.S. The Kindle version is also out. Epub is available from me, and will be on iTunes as soon as Apple finishes their review.

I’m still proofing the Commonwealth edition, but if you can’t wait for the extra “u”s, it looks like you may be able to get the U.S. version from Amazon.ca and Amazon.co.uk.

Complete details on where to buy are on the Untalented book page. As soon as the Commonwealth and iTunes versions are approved I’ll update the links.

Should you buy the book and enjoy it, I would be much obliged if you left a review, either on Ganache Media, on Amazon, or on Goodreads.

It’s been a long road. Thank you for all your support. You know who you are.

KatrinaA Book! A Book!

So, This Is Happening

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I’ve been sitting on this for a while because there were lots of little details to wrap up, but the wait is over.

Here’s my squee-filled cover for Untalented, created by the lovely and extremely patient Heather McDougal (http://cabinet-of-wonders.blogspot.com and http://www.heathermcdougal.com)

Fun facts about this cover:

For the front cover, we found a model who’s closer to how I picture Saroya in my head than I’d thought possible. I couldn’t find the old computer-generated sketches of her that I got from an online character generator a long time ago, but the resemblance is eerie.

The canal scene on the back cover is from one of my own pictures of Venice. Heather tied it fantastically well into the world of the story, and it wound up representing an actual scene in the book.

I have too much squee. The book itself will be coming out some time this summer. Stay tuned!

KatrinaSo, This Is Happening