I Did a Thing: My Author Newsletter + Other News

You guys, I did a thing today: I officially launched an author newsletter, and anything that has to do with the actual release of a new novel from me will be in it.

Reasons to Join My Newsletter (a.k.a. ‘The Club’)

If you’re already subscribed to this blog, you might be wondering, “Why would I need to subscribe to your newsletter? Won’t you be sharing the same things that I see on the blog?”

Well technically, you don’t need to do either—I won’t be holding the virtual gun to your head or threatening to have you sleepin’ with the fishes…this time—but you’re reading this for a reason (or two, or three…) and I actually won’t be sharing the same things on my newsletter as I will on the blog. One of the reasons you’ve been following me might include living to see the day that I finally publish my novel—in which case you might be highly interested in my newsletter over my blog, you see.

Why? Here’s why:

  • My newsletter will exclusively share snippets and full-length chapters from my novel beyond the typical previews you find on Amazon along with other cool exclusive-y content; my blog will not. 😦
  • My newsletter will give you the chance to read my book for free before the rest of the world because you like the idea of writing perfectly honest reviews about them; my blog will not. (Serious fans only!)
  • My newsletter self might solicit your opinion on things like, “Which book description sounds more exciting/interesting?” My blog self will not.
  • My newsletter will definitely let you peek at book cover designs before everyone else and give you access to special giveaways; my blog will make you wait a bit longer and have more limited giveaway opportunities. (Meanie!)
  • My newsletter will alert you whenever there’s a special promotion for my novels; my blog will just assume that you’re already obsessively checking my sales page(s) for these things when they go up.
  • My newsletter is basically like a sexy VIP speakeasy with 21st-century e-cigars and legal whiskey; the only thing required is your soul a secret password (a.k.a. an email address and name). I mean my blog is cool, too, but everyone hangs out there. Y’all are too hip to be square now.
  • Basically, my blog will continue to bemoan my writerly struggles—such as how I’ve been reworking the ending of my novel for like 2 weeks straight now; my newsletter will make it sound like I’m a #winning professional.

Not convincing enough? That’s alright, there’s still the good old blog. 😉 As for the rest of you believers…I got a pretty ochre button for you to get clicky-clicky with:




You can also subscribe to “The Club” later by visiting the blog and checking out the top-ish right corner of the page below my blog name—y’know, in case you have a change of heart and come to realize how desperately you need to see me publish The Perpetual Novel plus have the opportunity to yell at me via email until I do so. (I’m kidding about that last part, mostly.)Read More »


Blending Fantasy & Espionage + Revisions Update

The other day, I was Googling stuff about fantasy novels that have prominent espionage threads in them. (There really aren’t very many when compared to other genre mashups.) Anyway, I came upon this article entitled “An Uncoiled Spring: The Absence of Real-world Tensions,” which examines how some science fiction and fantasy stories go about incorporating “the devices and techniques of espionage fiction,” as put by author Chris Gerwel.

As a writer who’s been working on a novel that combines (science) fantasy conventions with espionage trappings, I find this highly interesting.Read More »

The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty | The Chandra Tribune

A Novel Aesthetic: The City of Brass

What do you get when you take everything you love about a book cover design and translate it into a home decor or interior design mood board? A whole new kind of novel aesthetics.

A Novel Aesthetic: The City of Brass | The Chandra Tribune

1. Gold Beaded Table Lamp | 2. Espresso Carved Arch Console Table
3. Marrakesh Kilim Pillow | 4. Pierced Moroccan Lantern
5. Bornova Side Table | 6. Oversized Moroccan Wool Pouf

7. Olhouser Chesterfield Chair | 8. Elliana Mirror
9. Square Embossed Accent Table | 10. Vintage Hamadan Medallion Distressed Rug

I got the idea a couple of weeks ago while sitting in my living room, a copy of S. A. Chakraborty’s debut fantasy novel The City of Brass sitting next to me. It’s been sitting there for some time now. Like weeks.

Why? Because the cover and interior book designs are just so freakin’ gorgeous.

You can’t tell in the digital photo, but all the brass color parts have a metallic sheen to them, and the title is also embossed. It’s just a really well-done design. (The only issue I have is the interior font itself; I find it too distracting and wouldn’t be able to read the whole novel with it. Luckily, I’ve already read the e-book version instead.)

So why create a mood board? Well, some of you may know that my background is in interior design. I used to work with clients and would create mood boards to give them an idea of what updating their homes could look like. I used a different kind of layout and format in that case, but the board I made for The City of Brass is a similar idea only less literal—this goes here and that goes there—and more conceptual. Also, this one is less a historically or culturally accurate interpretation and based more on a mood or feeling, hence the term “mood board.”

Anyway, I thought this would be a fun little exercise. It’s been a while since I made one of these. 🙂 I started with the rug (it’s one I actually have in my home now; highly recommended!) and branched off from there. You can check out the Pinterest board I started with, as well, if you’d like to see more furniture and home decor that’s in a similar vein to what’s on the board.

My living/dining room as gone through a lot of changes recently. | The Chandra Tribune
Living room and photograph by Yours Truly.

What are some of your favorite book cover designs?

Do you have books that you keep around just because they’re pretty? Also, would you like to see more of these kinds of boards? Let me know in the comments!