After ten years of writing, ten years of envisioning characters and wondering what they would look/sound like in real life, I’ve finally gotten an answer. Allow me to introduce you to Detective Riley Parra (Marem Hassler) and Dr. Gillian Hunt (Liz Vassey). Anyone who has ever written a novel will know how this feels. It’s surreal and it’s cool and it’s so, so amazing. I suppose there was a chance that it could’ve gone off the rails, but the casting is so good that I feel like I was writing the characters specifically for them (even though Gillian’s hair in the books was red… a minor detail that I am ABSOLUTELY FINE with surrendering ::g::)

If I ever write more stories in the Riley Parra universe, know that I’m doing it with these two in mind. They are Riley and Gillian, and that’s all there is to it. 😀

Riley and Gillian



This isn’t the thing I want to blog about today. Hopefully that will happen later. But this is just an observation about something that I wanted to share to the world at large (or the world that wanders across my blog) and an attempt to increase the number of people who come across my blog. This is also in honor of Bowie’s death which was almost exactly one year ago. RIP Starman.

It involves two David Bowie songs written 30 years apart – neither particularly well known – which I believe are connected. It makes both songs a little sadder, but also enriches the experience. The first is “Conversation Piece,” written in 1969. I prefer the later version that was included as a bonus track on the Heathen album. The middle verse is:

“I live above the grocer’s store
Owned by an Austrian
He often calls me down to eat
And he jokes about his broken English
Tries to be a friend to me
But for all my years of reading conversation
I stand without a word to say.”

The song is about the narrator’s depression and melancholy (which is one reason I like the newer version better… Bowie just sounds like someone who has been through hell because… well, he has.

The other song is “Algeria Touchshriek,” from the 1995 album Outside. This is a weird album, and the songs all have connective tissue between them. But this one in particular feels like it ties back the “Conversation Piece” from the point of view of the Austrian who owns the grocer’s store.

“I’m thinking of leasing the room above my shop
To a Mr. Walloff Domburg
A reject from the world wide Internet
He’s a broken man
I’m also a broken man
It would be nice to have company
We could have great conversations!”

The re-use of the word ‘broken’ and ‘conversation,’ the idea that “Mr Walloff Domburg” is a “reject” fits with the original song’s narrator saying ‘my essays lying scattered on the floor/fulfill their needs just by being there.” No one thinks about him, no one knows him, no one will remember him. He’s a broken man. And the idea that his grocer is another broken man who is just trying to reach out and maybe give him some peace just makes it even sadder when the narrator just walks away.

Anyway! This has been a pointless exercise in analyzing two songs by one of the greatest songwriters ever. And if this makes you check out either album or just the songs, then I’ll consider it time well spent.



Welcome to the year of Riley Parra!

Big things are happening this year, including filming of the webseries beginning later this month! We’re within weeks of the show actually getting on the road. I can’t wait to see these amazing people bringing my characters to life. I was already blown away by Marem reading Riley’s lines, and that was before she dove in with both feet preparing to become the character. So I can only imagine what she’ll be bringing to the table when the cameras start rolling.

Here’s hoping everyone has a fun, safe, exciting 2017!

Riley Parra Cast

CONNOR TRINNEER – Samael
LIZ VASSEY – Gillian Hunt
KARL E LANDER – Marchosias
CONNOR KELLY-EIDING – Sweet Kara
MAREM HASSLER – RILEY!
LUIS KELLY-DUARTE – Muse Skaggs
MAEVE QUINLAN – Nina Hathaway
PAUL EIDING – Father Jacob
WHITNEY MIXTER – Wilma



And that’s a year.

What happened this year… not a whole lot! I released the second Radiation Canary novel, “Greatest Hits.” Publisher’s Weekly liked Trafalgar & Boone’s second outing and called it “aggressively feminist,” which I took as a compliment (as one should). But the most important thing is that Riley Parra came to life in a BIG way! In February, I was introduced to the woman who would bring Riley to life: Marem Hassler. She is so good, and so dedicated to the character, and so eager to get it right. It’s like Ryan Reynolds with Deadpool. Just the absolute right person combined with the heart and determination to do justice to the character. And the rest of the cast? Maeve Quinlan was in 3Way, the first lesbian webseries I ever saw, and Liz Vassey! I’ve been a fan of Liz Vassey for a long, long time, and the idea of having her in something I wrote still needs to sink in. Correction: I’m still grappling with the fact she knows who I am, and she’s been following me on Twitter for a good while now. 😉 The Riley Parra crowdfunding went AMAZING, and gained me a lot of new readers who have fallen in love with the books.

In personal news, my father died earlier this month. He had cancer, and toward the end he needed hospice and a lot of round-the-clock care, so I was doing that instead of writing. Now that he’s passed on (and the memorial and everything has been taken care of) I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things with the new year.

I hope everyone has a safe, happy new year!



One of the first shows I was ever a huge fan of was Star Trek TNG. There was a guest star in one episode, a young woman played by Liz Vassey who had been hurt in a Holodeck accident. Then I was a fan of Wings. Liz showed up there, too. And in Quantum Leap, Early Edition, CSI, Castle. Even shows that critics foolishly ignored like Maximum Bob, The Tick, or Push Nevada (Push would totally have been a huge hit in the Internet age, BTW). She’s like the Stan Lee cameo of shows I thought were great. She’s Nikki in Nikki & Nora! She’s Fury Leika in Dr Horrible!

SHE’S GILLIAN HUNT IN RILEY PARRA.

This woman I’ve been a fan of almost as long as I’ve been a fan of television is going to bring to life one of my characters, and I’m just completely over the moon freaking out about it. I knew when we got Marem we ran the risk of Gillian not being quite amazing enough to match her, but I can let go of that fear.

I always wondered what it would be like to see one of my couples brought to life. So far the Riley Parra casting exceeds even my wildest imaginings. And this brings me closer to becoming Joss Whedon, who also had a webseries featuring Liz. But I made her a main character AND gave her lines. Suck it, Joss! 😉

We’re 83% funded but there’s still time to help out!

Marem Hassler Liz Vassey Maeve Quinlan Karl E Lander

Marem Hassler
Liz Vassey
Maeve Quinlan
Karl E Lander



The crowdfunding has begun! We’re at 60% and there’s 25 days left, so plenty of time to get your pledge in to help bring this show to life. The campaign page has a concept trailer which shows ACTUAL FOOTAGE of my characters! (Side note: the other woman in the video is NOT Gillian. It looks like it could be her, but it’s not). They’ve also announced three cast members: Marem Hassler as Riley Parra (which we’ve known for a long while), Karl E Lander as Marchosias, and Maeve Quinlan as Nina Hathaway. Hopefully we can announce a lot more cast members very soon! ::fingers crossed::

If you want to help out, donate here! If you can’t, that’s fine! Help us spread the word as far and wide as possible!



On November 1, 2006, I started writing a novel I conceived specifically for NaNoWriMo. I didn’t expect anything from it, but I posted each chapter online as I finished them. When the novel was finished, the archivist of the site I was using emailed me and said it was a great story and if I ever considered publishing it, she worked as a cover artist for a small company who might want it. That’s the dream, right? So I agreed to submit the novel to them. I didn’t even bother to edit it very much before I sent it in. But on December 19, they replied and said they wanted it! They wanted to publish my book! I was going to be a published author!

That book – On the Air – came out in 2007. I followed that with a novel called Gemini, for which I won a Golden Crown Literary Society Award (a prestigious award for lesbian fiction which no man had ever won before). After that, there was no stopping me. Tilting at Windmills, which was the start of a five book series. World on Fire. The Following Sea. My publisher went out of business after releasing five of my novels, but my friend had just started a company of her own and wanted to use me as an established author just to get off the ground, so I already had a safe haven. The books didn’t slow down.

It’s been ten years since that Halloween night I sat staring at the clock, waiting for it to tick over to midnight so I could officially begin NaNoWriMo. I had the first line ready to go for weeks ahead of time (that line ended up getting edited out of the finished product, naturally). In the years since, I’ve received TWO Golden Crown Awards (still the only man to ever win, as far as I know). I’ve signed up with MGM and Fandemonium novels to write fiction based on Stargate SG-1 (one novel, Two Roads, and two short stories). One of my novels, Trafalgar & Boone, received a starred Kirkus review and was named one of their best indie novels of 2015. And, most amazing of all, one of my novels (Riley Parra) is being turned into a webseries for Tello Films! An actress is in prep right now to play a character I created, and it’s so amazing seeing her post on social media about how much she loves the character. It starts filming in January (you can find out more on Twitter or Tumblr!), and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

I don’t know what I would’ve been doing in November 2006 if it wasn’t for NaNo. I may have eventually written that exact same novel at some point, I probably would have posted it on that site, and everything might have gotten rolling the same way it did in real life. But who knows when that might have happened? NaNo set me off, NaNo got me in a chair and writing, and by that time the following year, I had a published paperback novel in my hand.

Being a writer doesn’t start out with a publishing contract. It doesn’t start with a crash of lightning and a declaration that “THIS will be the ONE…!” It starts with a story, just like it always does, and one line written on a blank page.



The second novel in the Trafalgar & Boone series is now available in ebook and hardcover! In honor of all the love the first one has gotten (Kirkus starred review, one of their best indie books of 2015, plus all the love from readers) I’m giving away a copy of the second one! All you have to do is respond to this post on my Facebook with your favorite novel of mine and you’re entered! (also, if you want to like the page, that’s fine too ;D).

Happy reading!



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Coming September 1! Trafalgar & Boone in the Drowned Necropolis, the sequel to the novel Kirkus Reviews named one of the best Indie books of 2015!

Last year, readers met Lady Dorothy Boone and her rival Miss Trafalgar, two rival explorers forced to join forces against an enemy who wished them both dead. The bond forged during that adventure remained strong enough that the two women decided to join forces. Now, a year later, their partnership has grown beyond its shaky first steps and has begun showing signs of a union that may be the only thing that stands between the world as they know it and whatever horrors the future may hold.

Return to the world of Trafalgar & Boone, a London recovering from a Great War fought with magic and only now beginning to see the consequences of what has been set loose. The cracks of the world are beginning to show. The ancient evils long thought extinct are gaining strength. Trafalgar and Dorothy, along with Dorothy’s majordomo and lover Beatrice Sek and a host of other allies, must put aside their bickering and petty differences to discover where the threats are coming from, how they were stopped, and how to prevent the end of civilization.

PRAISE FOR TRAFALGAR & BOONE


    “An imaginatively wrought, steampunk-influenced feminist adventure.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    “This was everything I wanted from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, only with lesbians. Wildly inventive, delightfully romantic, and sneakily thought-provoking, Geonn Cannon’s Trafalgar & Boone takes readers on a whirlwind adventure that never fails to satisfy. Steampunk fantasy of the highest quality!” – Melissa Scott, author of the Astreiant series

    “What a wonderful, fun read. Lady Boone is the lesbian Indiana Jones!” – Myra Swintz

    “Part science, part historical fiction, part fantasy, part mystery, this tale is filled with adventure and bravery. I don’t want to leave these characters just yet. I want to know more about them, their lives, and their adventures in the future. And I cannot wait for the next installment in this series.” – Mehek Naresh, The Rainbow Hub

    “Romantic scenes are classy and erotic without descending into excessive detail. It is nice to see characters who are more diverse than the traditional white, male, heterosexual, wealthy Englishman, who was formerly a mainstay of these genre of novels.” – Jo Frankel

    “I would recommend this to any who enjoys steampunk or just a good plot mystery!” – Rhayne, Inked Rainbow Reads

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    Non-Amazon link



    Well, it’s come to an end, folks. There was laughter and tears. Rivalries formed. Friends became enemies and enemies became friends. Nothing will ever be the same again. Not because of the Storybundle, but just… in general. It’s been a really busy couple of weeks around here.

    But the hordes of readers did respond to our call and we managed to hit our goal!

    Yippee

    That means Heather Rose Jones and I have to make good on our promises! She’s already close to giving away all her copies, so if you haven’t snatched one up yet go comment! As for my offer, be one of the first five commenters on this post who bought the Storybundle (honor system!) and you’ll get your very own ebook copy of “Trafalgar & Boone in the Drowned Necropolis”! It’s the sequel to the Trafalgar & Boone novel in the bundle, and it’s not available for purchase until September 1! That’s right, for helping support the Storybundle and authors and getting young girls interested in writing, you get to read the book before anyone else! How awesome is that? So comment! Let me know how to get in touch with you so we can work out the delivery details!

    And lastly… thank you!

    EDIT: Four left!