This is me in Ireland. It was awesome. 

This is me in Ireland. It was awesome. 

I know what you're thinking.

You're thinking "who's this guy trying to sell me books?" Well, everyone needs a hobby. And, like most people, I hope one day that my hobby will liberate me from my mind-numbing day job. I chose writing. Not one of the easier ones. I chose it at the tender age of 14, churning out terrible science fiction novels that heaped on the cliches and barely hidden tropes of all space operas. Thankfully, those creations reside in the prison of an old Commodore 64 hard drive and several 3.5" disks (kids, ask your parents) in a landfill somewhere. And, let me be clear, the world is better for it.  

Along the way, I kept writing. Through college. Through grad school. Through the beginning of my career, such as it is. I like to believe I picked up skills. I wanted to write novels that had things I wanted to see. Fantasy novels that showed magic as a perverse abstraction of the forces of nature and as a weapon of mass destruction, producing action sequences that dive deeply into the surreal. And also contain references to Immanuel Kant, but that's just because I'm obsessed with Immanuel Kant. Because he's awesome. But I digress. I also wanted to write novels that did more genre-blending. For instance, in Hand of Chaos, my debut novel, I smoosh together elements of a spy thriller and a police procedural with dark fantasy. And it's set in present day. Try explaining that in a query letter. I also wanted to write more genre novels that have characters brimming with personal problems, professional problems, and that had lots of sex. Sure, novels that do this exist. I'm not trying to say they don't, I just think too few of them are out there and I intend to do my personal best to increase their numbers. 

Hand of Chaos is an urban fantasy novel I scribbled during NaNoWriMo that grew into something much more complex and rich, with more to follow in the fictional universe it occupies. I encourage you to read it if any of the above didn't completely lose you.

Scarred Earth is an altogether different beast. A Tumblr novel, unspooling weekly to tell the story of an alien invasion of Earth in flash fiction fragments. It's very much a work in progress and another effort to reheat NaNoWriMo leftovers. 

I also do other things, like obsess over podcasts, review binge-watchings of shows on Netflix and Hulu, and reblog gifs. You can find that sort of thing by following my main blog on tumblr. I also make snarky comments about news stories, because I'm an unrepentant and cynical news junkie. You can find that by following me on twitter.

Thanks for reading. 

Diantha Jones