YA SF/F - to save her skin, a burglar must pretend to be a noblewoman (& not strangle her waltz teacher) Six of Crows x My Fair Lady
I’m Nicole and I love stories: reading them, writing them, pulling them apart and putting them back together… I just love everything about a story. I’m a concept artist in a video game company by day, and I spend most of my evenings writing and drawing comics. And now novels too! When I’m not writing or drawing, I’m probably playing videogames. If you look into a mirror and repeat “Bloodborne, Dark Souls, Dragon Age” three times, I WILL appear beside you and start talking your ear off, it’s a fact.
I have always loved fantasy and scifi; it’s almost the only thing I read nowadays. But I also some historical fiction, romance & some spy thriller/heist stuff too. I’m mostly a YA & adult reader.
I tend to like strong voice, wit and humor, characters with soft hearts and strong backbones, found families, mysterious worlds, crunchy details, witches, AI/android/robot characters, fairy tale retellings, slow burn romance and non-douchebag love interests.
Current fave authors include Naomi Novik, Sabaa Tahir, Claudia Gray, Roshani Chokshi, Rae Carson & Cindy Pon.
I am probably not your gal for contemporary, especially if it’s a drama. This isn’t a hard no, but it’s not a genre that I read a lot for fun.
Trope-wise, I’m really not a fan of grimdark, torture/misery porn, or books where all the characters are unrepentant, irredeemable a-holes in an uncaring hellscape world. I really need to care about the people I read about.
The hardest no’s for me are sexual violence as a plot point, misogyny, bigotry going unchallenged, etc.
Port Casparus was sort of a dump, even by Shattersky standards, just a rocky nothing of an island floating in skies halfway to nowhere. Clustered around and under its airship port, the town clung like lichen to the stone, with streets in shaky zigzags up the cliff face, separated from the endless skies only by rope fences and common sense. The port’s location in the middle of a major shipping lane was the only reason anyone bothered with the place. That, and it was also a good place for crooks and smugglers to do their business.
A business Severine Thorne knew well.
Sev had always been a thief, her old man had made sure of that. She wasn’t his roof-runner anymore— she made a point of not belonging to anybody nowadays— but tonight, she was here for him. Or, more accurately, for his debts.
They’d already ruined his hands, now they were threatening his legs. No matter what she thought of the old bastard, or how much of this was his own damn fault, Sev couldn’t just let them break him.
So she’d taken the job: in and out of Webster Shipping and Trading Co.’s headquarters with the contents of the safe and their client list—the unofficial one— then up the docks and onto the next airship out of port before anyone knew she’d been there. All in all, nothing she hadn’t done countless times before.
Evening crept in, the last shafts of sunlight knifing up through the cloud sea far below her feet. Airships trundled through the lanes, sunset glinting red off their metal hulls. Slowly, they faded in the darkening sky, until only their signal lights and the blue glow of their reactors stood out against the night. Perched on a support strut above the lowest levels of the docks, above the rooftops of the skunkworks and grimy warehouses, Sev cased her mark.
I write and draw two online comics (Fey Winds, a high fantasy comedy and Shattered Starlight, a story about retired magical girls with anger issues) and I’ve done a couple of short comics for a few anthologies.
My future/someday projects include:
- A YA space opera with an android protagonist & a found family that comes together when they’re all framed for a political murder.
- A YA fantasy about sad kids and giant magic mecha
- A whole bunch of fantasy comics and SFF fairytale retellings.
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