A little bit late announcing these, but I’m thrilled to be involved in two exciting new projects, with two fabulous — and fabulously different — groups of people.
First, I’m working with Blind Eye Books on a new short story series set in 19th century Britain. The series follows Constable Simon Pearce as he solves strange cases in London, Edinburgh and Cornwall. A locked room murder, a family curse, a mysterious big, black dog, and an exploding mummy…. But the strangest, and most inconvenient case of all, as Pearce will find, is the human heart.
Next, I’m co-editing the next Alternative Truths anthology with Bob Brown, for B Cubed Press. For anyone unfamiliar with the anthology series, the stories take a speculative look into possible future consequences of our current political choices. Sometimes humorous, sometimes sobering, always well written. You can have a look at the current books in the series here.
And, of course, still doing the balancing act of family, day job, and immigrant life. You can catch me most days lurking around my favorite Edinburgh cafes, or goofing off at FB.
Elm Books is pleased to announce that we now have a lineup for our new anthology, Death by Cupcake. This exciting collection of cozy mystery short stories will feature quite a few new faces, along with some of your Elm Books favorites like Gay Kinman and Mark Hague. Production to start soon, so be on the lookout for this exciting new anthology!
I’m pleased to announce that Elm Books now has a lineup for our upcoming steampunk anthology. Behold, seven smashing stories from seven talented authors:
A sleuthing rabbi, a clockwork golem, and a tale of revenge, in Beneath the Holy City by Edward Stasheff
A dominatrix who builds difference engines and solves crimes in her spare time, in Mrs. McAdams’s Establishments by Yvette Franklin
Amid sabotage and vendettas, a good man tries to keep the peace between feuding solar farms on a distant planet, in Borderman 49 by Darren Todd
A lady sharpshooter and her automaton governess solve a murder in the weird old west, in A Frame Most Fearful by Emily Baird
A dentist and an eccentric sleuth become involved in international intrigue–and one another– when a murder takes place during the maiden voyage of the Megalodon, a luxury submersible. The Megalodon by Jack Bates.
Vampire forensics solve a murder in Blood in Peking by JL Boekestein.
Some time ago, I was tasked with putting together an anthology for Elm Books–a collection of steampunk short stories with a supernatural twist, which would be called Undeath and the Age of Steam. Unfortunately, we received so few usable submissions, that the anthology went into suspended animation for two years. When the publisher asked me to revive it, I was dubious. However, I’ve recently received enough submissions–really, really good submissions–to start putting something together. I still need a few more, but the current hoard is very encouraging. I think folks are going to really like this one. But we’re still looking for a few good stories, so if you have one–steampunk with a supernatural twist–please send it to us!
It’s been a long time since I’ve updated, and a lot has happened. First, of course, was my book release with Helen Angove and Rachel Green. It’s a trio of mystery and suspense novellas, involving the women of a small Cornish village, over the course of three centuries. The collection is called Blades of Justice. It’s fantastic, and it’s available now from Blind Eye Books. I can’t tell you what a wonderful experience it has been to work with such talented co-authors. And a big thank-you to Nicole Kimberling, for approaching me to do a project with Blind Eye in the first place. I am so, so proud of this anthology. If you haven’t checked it out, you’re in for a treat.
At the same time, my family and I have spent the last 9 months planning our emigration to Scotland, and it has finally happened! We’ve been in Edinburgh for two weeks, now, and have managed to figure things out pretty well. I’m particularly impressed with the bus system. For a former Angeleno, it’s mind-blowing that we haven’t felt the need for a car even once in our two weeks here. The municipal health club is impressive, too. It’s amazing what a government can do when it uses tax money for what people actually want, rather than to give tax breaks to billionaires. I’ve also been looking for work. Looks like the gig-teaching-economy is in full swing here. I have one online writing course scheduled for September (information as it becomes available) and am looking into other opportunities to teach writing and martial arts around the city and around the web. I have a work permit, and I know how to use it!
The third piece of news is that I tested for, and received, my third degree in Tae Kwon Do in May. “Instructor Jess”! I promise to only use my powers for good. And perhaps for occasional entertainment.
Volume 5 of the MCB Quarterly, featuring my story Glow Bunny is out! You can find it here in all ebook formats. Glow Bunny is the story of a veterinarian, a lawyer, and a little bunny with a price on its head. Cheaper than a fancy espresso drink, and twice as entertaining.
To celebrate my first release in too, too long, I’ll be tweeting pictures of Bunnies I Have Known at @jessfaraday. Come join the fun =)
I’m absolutely over the moon to report that Fool’s Gold has won a Rainbow Award for Best Gay Historical, and is a runner-up for Best Gay Novel of 2015!
The Rainbow Awards are the brainchild of Elisa Rolle, author of Days of Love, a retrospective of LGBTQ love through the ages. Every year, Elisa single-handedly wrangles books, judges, charitable donations, communications, and promotions, which is quite a job. This year, for example, there were over 450 books, nearly 170 judges, and a total of $17,300 raised for numerous charities around the world. I’m honored by my award, but if anyone deserves a medal, it’s Elisa.
Some excellent news today–Fool’s Gold has received an honorable mention in the Rainbow Awards! An Honorable Mention means that the book has received a minimum of 35 out of 40 points from the judges. Winners will be announced on December 8. *flailing happy dance*
Here are what the judges had to say:
So good – an exciting page turner. Innovative in using both Victorian London and the pioneering days of America. Well drawn – interesting to have a black man in such an important role, but he was just accepted. Quite a lot of characters with in depth relationships between them which gave the book depth. This book was the third in a series, but I didn’t find it a problem. It was an exciting and fast moving plot with lots of intricacy, although there was some reliance on coincidence (acknowledged in the story). I liked the adventure taking more time than the relationship. Well written, good description, vocabulary and grammar made for an excellent read.
Taut, intriguing, companionable—three words to describe the reader experience of Fool’s Gold. In this beautifully written story, we find, as we always do, that all that sparkles is not gold. What we lose in the discovery makes Faraday’s theme of what we gain in the recovery all the more satisfying.
I read the series for context before tackling this one as it was on my tbr pile anyway. I found this final book a little less satisfying than the first two – which would have been solid 40s. Maybe the switch of the London characters to the Wild West didn’t work, because I never felt the setting fit the characters very well, while well described. However, the main character, Ira Adler, develops throughout this series from a kept boy into a strong, moral, inspirational man. The side characters are equally as familiar and very well described and fleshed out. The plot slowed a bit midway (only a little), but it was enough to mark it down by a point. I’d happily read anything by Jess Faraday now, however, because ze can obviously write very good historical mystery fiction.
Thank you judges!
You can check out Fool’s Gold and the other Ira Adler books here, and my standalone novels here.