The 2017 Neuri Award Winner

The 2017 Neuri Award winner is m.a. nicholson!


BIO: m.a. nicholson is a writer of children’s literature and speculative fiction, producing stories that connect topics of magic, mental illness and animals with relevant social-political issues.

 

 

  1. First, tell us a little about yourself. What inspires you to do what you do?

I am inspired to do what I do, to write, because I truly believe storytelling is one of the most powerful forces for changing the world. Everything and everyone has a story, but it is up to us whether we listen and if we choose to participate in shifting the narratives we live by each day.

  1. Tell us about the book you are currently writing. How did it come about?

Currently, I am writing a book of science fiction about the apocalypse happening in the modern day. As worldwide devastation continues to be ever-present in news-media, rather than repeating tired clichés and tropes, this story is about characters who endure the crisis and do so with opposing interpretations of the events. This idea came about because there are so few depictions of dramatic social change occurring where, instead of violent dystopias, there are honest and beautiful transformations that arise.

  1. The Neuri Award wants to “cultivate literature from the margins about the margins.” What does that mean to you?

Cultivating literature from the margins about the margins means actively resisting the ideologies of capitalism, white supremacy and domination that coopt so much creativity and inspiration to help and acknowledge one another as inherently valuable. It means acknowledging complicated identities and relationships among us all while still striving for a new vision that empowers us all.

  1. How has writing affected your outlook on things? Has it made you take chances or see things in a different light?

Writing has changed my outlook quite a bit actually – previously, I had been far more involved in public activism and community organizing. But with my own chronic illness and general fatigue, I desperately needed a new outlet not only to continue with my efforts of helping others but a means of better articulating and sharing the possibilities I imagine. I see things differently only insofar that I believe a true metamorphosis of the human spirit is possible – not in politics, media or other institutions, but through recognizing ourselves in others, animals and the Earth. That mutual recognition happens most often in stories.

  1. Finally, do you have any advice and or tips for aspiring writers out there, especially disabled writers?

My humble advice for other aspiring writers would be to persevere with integrity. What I mean by that is find in life what makes your heart flutter and breath vanish, what excites you with chills, and work your hardest to capture that moment in a way that others can experience it too. Our time in life is forever uncertain, but finding a way to be really heard and cherished through what you have to say is probably one of the noblest achievements and gifts we can leave behind.

The World of Jangbahar: La’Nor

La’Nor

Population: 81,378

Language: Drakori and Jangba

Symbol/Flag: A flying dragon

La’Nor and Tirdrakor once made up the nation of Drakori. After the Border Wars, La’Nor was able to split off and form its own nation. Although they are loosely a territory of the Republic, the infertile lands and close proximity to the Wilds makes the land mostly uninhabited. Sparsely populated, the majority of its people are traveling merchants, dealing in trade routes for the Republic.

Fragile Chaos by Amber R. Duell Audiobook Edition Narrated by Bradley Pittman & Jaime Lee-Lewis

The wait is over! Fragile Chaos by Amber R. Duell’s audiobook edition in now available! Theodric is narrated by Bradley Pittman and Cassia by Jaime Lee-Lewis. You can learn more about the voice talent here. You can purchase your copy on Audible, Amazon or iTunes! Listen to the sample of the first two chapters on SoundCloud. New Audible listeners can also take advantage of a free audiobook!

Cover Reveal: Ignited (Dance of the Elements, #1) by A. M. Deese

Hardcover

ISBN-10: 1-946024-02-3

ISBN-13: 978-1-946024-02-2

Trade Paperback 

ISBN-10: 1-946024-12-0

ISBN-13: 978-1-946024-12-1

eBook (ePub Edition)

ISBN-10: 1-946024-13-9

ISBN-13: 978-1-946024-13-8

Audiobook Edition

ISBN-10: 1-946024-03-1

ISBN-13: 978-1-946024-03-9

ASIN: COMING SOON

AppleID: COMING SOON

BN ID: COMING SOON

Release Date: March 27, 2018 (February/April of 2018)

Synopsis:

A NOBLE DAUGHTER.

A FORMER SLAVE.

SCORCHED EARTH AND DANGEROUS GAMES.

“Jura imagined it sounded like rain.”

Juggling death is nothing new for seventeen-year-old Jura, daughter of the First of the Thirteen, successive rulers of the Republic of the Sand Sea. However, when a blood chain ensnares her father, she is thrust into the seat of power and forced to rule her elders.

To Tylak, water had never tasted sweeter.”

Jura must track down her father’s assassin and balance a country on the verge of collapse. To find the Prince of Shadows and uncover the truth, Jura puts her trust in Tylak, a former slave accused of stealing from the Everflame—a man she once condemned to death.

In a world where water is currency and enemies lurk around every corner, Jura will use her wits or risk igniting a world war.

Advance Praise:

Ignited is an amazing new fantasy where knowledge is power, but having dragons and shadow dancers on your side certainly doesn’t hurt” – Melody Greene, Goodreads Reviewer

“Defiantly recommend for anyone who loves fantasy. [I]f you read The Winner’s Curse trilogy and loved it…then you will love this book” – Fan-Girl-Tabulous

The World of Jangbahar: Tirdrakor

Tirdrakor

Population: 296,321

Language: Drakori and Jangba

Symbol/Flag: A golden sun setting behind a red mountain

Tirdrakor is a small territory just to the west of the Republic. The land is made up of rolling hills and streams with fertile soil. It is mostly a farming nation, with the majority of its crops traded to the Republic. Though once a small kingdom with its own monarchy, Tirdrakor was swallowed up by the Republic during the reign of Gregor the Great. Much of the histories of Tirdrakor were lost during the Border Wars and its people were forced to orally pass on their traditions. As such, little is known of the country’s origins and it seems the only piece of their culture they were able to hang on to is their language.