First: Cherae is pronounced shuh-RAY/sher-AY. You can also call me C.L.


I usually write fantasy and science fiction. If you like: cities under occupation, anti-colonial magic, colonial linguistics lite, fire, and queer folks, I’ve got stories for you. You can check them out here.

I’m also working on a flintlock fantasy novel that was a finalist in the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Diverse Worlds/Writers contest. A juror called it “a densely plotted thriller with genuine stakes…a great hook…a depiction of colonialism that’s so insidious…. I love the sense of consequences, large and small, and the complexity of the characters.”

My agent is Mary C. Moore, at Kimberley Cameron and Associates.


I study post-colonial and war narratives inside and out of texts. Major research interests include violent women in fantasy, anti-colonial revolutions and their aftermaths, and the war narrative in the US fitness industry.

Conflict shapes narratives, and narratives in turn shape conflict; the questions are—who is doing the shaping, and how is that shaping us? I have a separate blog, Battlefields, where I consider this in more depth with occasional posts.


I’m an athlete and personal trainer, interested in how exercise and fitness shapes a person’s mental health. I especially enjoy tinkering with exercise and gender presentation and making sure I can survive a zombie apocalypse without destroying my knees.

Twitter: @C_L_Clark

Photo credit: Jovita McCleod

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  1. Have you done any research on the anti colonial revolution of Haiti? A lot of women of color hero’s/characters. The backlash and current impoverished state of the country since the revolution and the reasons behind that. Let me know if you decide to write or simply research in this. I’m in Boston by the way.

    1. I have, actually. It inspired a lot of my current novel and ideas for some new/later ones. I really liked a podcast series on it. The podcast is called Revolutions; it’s really cool. I’ve also done a lot of research on the island before full-on colonization for a pirate story, about the maybe-real Haitian-French pirate captain Jacquotte Delahaye. The Black Count, about Alexandre Dumas’s father, hits on the island’s history, too. Whenever I do end up publishing anything on it, it’ll go on the site, for sure.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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