What’s Going On…

NJ Nielsen’s plans for March….

N.J. Nielsen /Saddington

WIPSI’m not going to go into the woes that is currently my life… A) because I don’t really want to talk about it… and B) You don’t really want to hear about it. So instead I thought I would talk about my writing and what the hell I’m going to do to catch up on everything that needs doing for the rest of 2016…
Right now I’m working on these two and hoping to have them mostly finished by the end of March.

Moon Runners 2:I Won’t Let You Go


Lancaster’s Way 3:Pre- Loved

I will do as many of the Penny Brandon Writing Challenge books… they will all or mostly be written and subbed, but may be in waiting lists to be released. I’ve change it up some so that I’m only working on already contracted series

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A Culture Addicted to FREE—How FREE is Poisoning the Internet & Killing the Creatives

A great article, and well worth the read for everyone, regardless of whether they read or not.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Image used with permission from the creator Ira Gelb. Image “Not for Sale” used with permission from the creator Ira Gelb who’s an activist in stopping Human Trafficking but authorized this image for use outside.

It’s funny, at various junctures I’ve felt propelled to tackle certain topics, even when that made me very unpopular. My biggest leviathan to date has been this notion of artists being expected to work for free, and I believe the reason that this topic is weighing so heavily on me is that, for the first time in years I’m no longer enthusiastic about our future.

In fact, I’m downright frightened, because of THIS.

I Feel Sick

Yesterday morning on my Facebook, a friend shared this open letter to Oprah Winfrey from a local performer in the Bay Area, Revolva, whose act caught the attention of mega-icon Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah was holding The Life You Want conference and the producers contacted Revolva to see if she…

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Creating Nonbinary Characters

A great article on writing non-binary characters, editor decisions, and non-human characters

The Home of Author Loren Rhoads

IMG_3905When I started creating the characters for the Templar novels, I knew I wanted the crew of the Veracity to include a variety of different sorts of people. Mykah, the human captain with his topiary facial hair, came to me first. His blue-furred Haru girlfriend came easily, too. The other two characters — Haoun and Vezali – were inspired by an iguana and an coconut octopus at the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.  One of the things I wanted to do with my nonhuman characters was to defy expectations.

In The Dangerous Type, Vezali’s translator has a metal-inflected voice. The other crew members on the Veracity use female pronouns to refer to Vezali, so Raena does, too. In the second book, Raena comments on the high-pitched girlish voice of Vezali’s new translator.

The new translator gave her a high-pitched girlish voice, which Raena guessed must be pleasing to Vezali’s auditory system…

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About Me

My reading habits are extremely varied, with my favourites being science fiction, speculative fiction, futuristic, fantasy, and paranormal. And anything about dragons (thanks Anne McCaffrey!). However, if you put a book in front of me, no matter the genre, it is almost certain I’ll at least take a look at the blurb.


Although I’ve been a voracious reader from childhood, I discovered a talent for editing when my health prevented me from working on a regular, scheduled basis. Since May 2010, I have have worked as an Editor, Editor in Chief, and Acquisitions Editor, and currently work as an editor (content/body and line/copy) both for Fireborn Publishing and on a freelance basis. I also write for Top 2 Bottom reviews in an attempt to give back to the industry (and lower my monthly book expenditure), which is probably far too high. As well as meeting up regularly with fellow MM readers and writers in Melbourne, I am a semi-active part of AQRM (Australasian Queer Romance Meets).


I live with my sister and her two cats in a small flat in Victoria, Australia, and feel very lucky to have fallen into the career I have. I love a good cuppa (tea or coffee, thanks to my favourite barista), good food, and good company (both my own and that of other people). I tend to be a little crafty, although I have a plethora of unfinished projects laying around. Most of my movie watching tends to be because I’m at my computer and my sister’s watching something (I usually end up seeing movies in bits because of that), and own a lot of animated movies (Footrot Flats, Shrek, and Over the Hedge being among my favourites). And I tend to think of myself as a cynical optimist.