Title: Aspect of Winter
Blurb: It’s hard enough being gay in high school, but Fay must also deal with hiding his magical ability—powers he barely understands and cannot possibly reveal. His best friend Sam is his only confidante, and even with her help, Fay’s life is barely tolerable.
Tom Early is currently a student at Tufts University who probably spends more time than is wise reading and writing instead of studying. More often than not, he can be found wrapped in a blanket on the couch forgetting most of the things he was supposed to do that day.
When not writing, Tom can be found either reading, gaming, drawing, scratching his dog, or bothering his friends. He also frequently forgets that it’s healthy to get more than six hours of sleep a night, and firmly believes that treating coffee as the most important food group makes up for this. If you show him a picture of your dog, he will probably make embarrassingly happy noises and then brag about his own dog. He’s always happy to talk about any of his previous or current writing projects, because people asking him about them reminds him that he should really be writing right now.
to stop pretending to be normal.
lot of fun to figure out how magic would work in a world that’s like our own
instead of someplace else entirely.
end. But beyond that I don’t know what’s going to happen with the story until
the characters show me. I put them in the world, and they show me how they go
about doing things.
– finding the flaws in what you’ve created is less so, though probably more
valuable. I’m especially fond of writing fight scenes and humorous dialogue.
writing even when I know they’re there. That makes editing an agonizingly slow
process with many drafts.
my close friends from high school and my own imagination. Most of my characters
are like more extreme versions of people I already knew. But beyond that it’s
just a matter of writing and seeing what comes out.
who’s been hiding his powers for years. He wants nothing more than to finally
feel like he belongs somewhere, and when a representative of Janus University
comes to his school, he takes the opportunity.
and willing to take charge of any situation placed in front of her. She’s
fierce and headstrong, and incredibly loyal. When it turns out that Fay isn’t
the only one who can go to Janus University, she leaps at the chance.
school. He wouldn’t be involved in any of this if one of Fay and Sam’s attempts
at magic hadn’t gone horribly awry. But Tyler has had a crush on Fay for
months, and he’s willing to deal with the weird if it means spending time with
in and all that, probably to be able to speak and read every language fluently.
There’s a lot this world has to offer, and English really isn’t enough.
than with people. It wouldn’t be a stretch, but I have my family and my
would you feed me?
cheese or we’re going to stare awkwardly at each other until one of us suggest
going out for dinner.
the invitation just to bother me, and Fay would probably prefer to stay as far
away from me as possible. Probably Sam.
darlings” concept. Characters need to grow, and putting challenges in front of
them is the best way to do that. So Sam would probably try to punch me.
read about it?
stuff. I’m here because I know it’s what I want
to do, and what I can do. Finding out about magic in the world was cool
enough when Fay showed me what he could do. Finding out that I could do it too?
Even cooler. Janus University might be a place full of psychos, but it’s the
only place I can go to learn more about all of this.”
him and Sam banter like they always do. Otherwise, I’d want to invite Kvothe,
from Patrick Rothfuss’ Name of the Wind. I’m sure having more than one
strong-willed, sarcastic magic-user at the table couldn’t possibly end badly.
write I tend to draw a little from all of them. Since I’m writing contemporary
fantasy, I sometimes try to match the tone of authors like Kevine Hearne, who
also write contemporary fantasy. For first person I often look to Patrick Rothfuss,
since his books are amazing. But for the most part I’d just like to figure out
what kind of writer I am, not how to be like someone else.
to have created any character other than my own. It’d be really cool to claim
credit for one of the characters that everyone knows, but I’d rather work up to
being able to make a character like that myself.
one off novels. Series are lots of fun, but I sometimes lose interest in an
idea before the series is done.
only project I’ve spent a lot of time on, just the first to be finished. More
books will be coming soon.