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.
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