Updated Map of the World

You know, I don’t know what the “Dragolothian universe” is actually called. Suggestions? Maybe I will have a “name the universe” contest. That would be cool.

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10% off the AoWD series – now until Monday!

School starts Monday for many … and so does the desperate need to escape from homework assignments and boring classes! Therefore I am offering the entire Age of Waking Death Series for 10% off each until Monday at midnight.

These books are classic cover, mass market paperback size, white paper. They are available on Lulu.com. If you are international and having trouble ordering from Lulu.com, don’t be afraid to reach out to me at writeme@cn-faust.com and we will work it out!

Links below – just click on the pictures! Happy reading!

The Dragon’s Disciples, 10.99, 9.89      The Heretic Priest, 6.99, 6.29               The Hollow Living, 6.99, 6.29

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Why do I write LGBTQA fiction?

So, let’s talk for a minute about how … instead of writing my book … I’m going to write this blog post instead. #procrastination

I just wanted to talk about how / why I write for the LGBTQ community… and what I think some of the assumptions about my writing might be when people discover this.

First of all, I am part of the LGBTQ community. As both a trans male and an identifying pansexual, I have grown accustomed to both having to defend my identity and explaining it to those who are not familiar with my lifestyle. This is one reason that many of the characters (I think it’s safe to say… a good 96%) are either gay or bisexual, to boil it down to the simplest of terms. As the series continues and the characters evolve, a few of them have become more and more gender ambiguous as well. I also think this is important. Who wants cisgendered heterosexual characters ALL of the time?

I write for characters that are gay, bisexual, gender queer, gender fluid, asexual, transgendered, etc because I am ready for these characters to STOP becoming a novelty. They are not plot twists, they are not overbearing stereotypes, they do not exist as taboos. I’m tired of reading books where openly gay characters are flamboyant and lisping, almost always elves, almost always some sort of minstrel or assassin. Fantasy characters, just like people in real life, come in all shapes, sizes, colors, professions, and personalities. That is why Shrukian, the tall, broad, masculine soldier, exists alongside his slender, foppish, snarky brother Pharun. They both have very similar sexualities (Pharun has a preference towards men, but can enjoy a powerful woman. And Shrukian is the opposite). (Oh, by the way, maybe a spoiler alert). But guess what? Their sexuality is not the focal point of the books. That leads into my next point …

I want to see LGBTQ characters become more mainstream, and I want them to be as normal in fantasy as hetero cisgenders. As a teenager I would have loved to read the books that I am writing now. I wanted more characters with flexible sexualities and gender performances. Even in a frighteningly misogynistic society like Dragoloth, men are not looked down upon for bathing and wearing perfume. Meanwhile, I want to also include more pro-female societies. But while I am on my way to accomplishing this, I am  quickly inserting more powerful female characters into the Age of Waking Death series (see Nerissa as my prime example, I love her to death).

People might assume that because I write gay fiction I might just have a lot of poorly written sex and romance scenes. But honestly, a lot of my sex happens off-camera, because I am much more interested in the political intrigue and family dynamics. My work is based on how people interact with each other and how societies can be changed when a single head falls.

I don’t write these books to be shocking or different, I write them because they are a reflection of my soul and my journey, and I always hope that there is someone out there who will be able to read between the lines and relate.

Bigger, better newsletter!

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It is finished!

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Hello my darlings,

I know, no one is surprised that Cy has not updated in a blue billion years. Don’t everyone gasp at once. It has been busy around here! School, wedding plans, novel projects, and life are getting in the way of consistent blogging.

HOWEVER, there is some good news to be had! I finished the Hollow Living! It is now in the editing process, and I have the release date set for a tentative “soon”. I am actually supposed to be doing homework now so I can start on it later tonight, but I decided to catch up on some … important author business instead. (Hence the blog post).

The Hollow Living came out to be about the same word count / size as The Heretic Priest. This surprised me, because I thought it would be much longer, but it insisted upon being fast-paced and easier to read and would not let me linger on the delicate rose that was crushed upon the street. That just means that I will be able to follow through with my plan and begin The Bitch King for NaNoWriMo (if I can indeed wait that long to start writing it!)

In other news, I have had the opportunity to donate a few books to the Greenville, NC Witches’ Ball raffle. This, coupled by the success met by my first Goodreads giveaway, makes me think I should do a more generous giveaway on this blog / my Facebook page come Christmas time. This is the kind of stuff that would be in it. Plus maybe The Hollow Living and some extra swag. We will see. What do you think of that idea?

It has been a pretty fulfilling, if busy, week. I will update more later, I’m off to get that Greek homework out of the way (ugh).

Your most adored,

C.N.F.

One day at a time.

Hello my darlings,

This is me, preparing to catch up in The Hollow Living (I am running behind schedule. Why does school always manage to get in the way?) I am attempting to defrag my brain by addressing envelopes to send out bookmarks (anyone who has requested one from me, I am sending them out tomorrow! If you want one but haven’t said anything, it’s not too late!) and listening to The Fratellis on a continuous loop. Sometimes I suppose I don’t know when it is better to just let me brain rest. Part of me thinks that if I can just manage at least a couple thousand words each night, I should be in tip-top shape. But like I said … I am behind schedule.

My print books have been a hit thus far (I have 9 copies to put in the mail at some point. There are 8 books sitting in the campus bookstore, and there are 10 more I have to send off for further consignment). Problem is … until the books that are on consignment start selling, I am hard-pressed to keep buying to keep up with the demand. (Over 20 books is high demand in this house, apparently). I am trying to come up with more cost-efficient ways of dealing with things. I’ve tried setting up another crowdfunding campaign, but I think at this point I am just going to start taking paypal donations from anyone who would like to contribute and use whatever might come in to pay for these shipping costs until the series starts really selling.

Don’t get me wrong, however. I am very pleased that I am sending out more print copies. The paperbacks are gorgeous (in my opinion) and when it comes to earning the loyalty of a reader there is nothing better than a nice, solid book that they can pick up and thumb through as often as they’d like. Not that I am rebelling against the ebook movement, mind, but I feel like I am starting to drown in all of the marketing avenues for ebook exposure. I feel (personally) desensitized to a lot of ebook posts I see lately, mostly because I see them so often and in such abundance. Better to start with a homegrown approach, at least that is my new strategy. I would love to see a boom in print sales come Christmas. But that will probably depend on how well I plan for things.

In the meantime, here I sit, trying my best to make sales and scribbling down the latest chapter of my magnum opus. Sometimes I want to ask Anne Rice her secrets, and then I remember that the Vampire Chronicles didn’t seem a boom in popularity until a while after it was first published.

Patience, patience. I was never very good with patience.

Your most adored,

C.N.F.

Read and Review?

Hello my darlings!

So as I continue on my promoting spree, I would love to have some more reviews pop up for The Dragon’s Disciples and The Heretic Priest. (I have many lovely and wonderful readers, but not so many reviews!). SO if you are interested in reading and reviewing one or both books and posting the reviews onto Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads, and B&N then get in touch with me! Email me at cnfaust@outlook.com or comment here. I will be happy to send you eBook copies for whatever format (EPUB, MOBI, or the evergreen PDF)! If you would love to review but you prefer a print copy, let me know and I will see what we can work out. There is a limit to how many print copies I can send out, but I am willing to send out an abundance ebooks!

In return I will grant you my eternal thanks and send out packages of some swag goodies!

Your most adored,

C.N.F.