The very talented Chase Verity had a few seconds to answer some questions for us. She also has a book, My Heart Is Ready, coming out on December 15th, just in time for Christmas! Be sure to check her out!
1) For any of our readers who don’t know you, why don’t you give us a quick rundown of who you are and what you do?
Hi, I’m Chasia Lloyd, and I write under the pen name Chace Verity. I lived in United States for most of my life but immigrated to Canada a few years ago to be with my super Canadian husband, which is how I came to start being super serious about my writing again.
2) Your first book, Team Phison, came out in August this year. Can you give us a quick summary?
Team Phison is a funny, geeky romance M/M novella with a huge age-gap between the main couple who meet while playing video games. An age-gap isn’t their only problem–they also have around a thousand miles between them.
3) And you have another book coming out in December, can you tell us what that is about?
My Heart Is Ready is the first novella in a fantasy romance series, filled with queer characters! This particular book is a standalone story, and it revolves around a human woman with a secret magic and a self-proclaimed harpy king who are best friends with a lot of conflict between them as a quest is given to rob an agriculture school’s vault of some rare seeds.
4) You say you write “LGBTQIA+ as heck stories”, why are those stories in particular important to you?
I grew up reading LOTS of great books, but none of them had any queer characters (side note: I use “queer as heck” in my bio for almost every place except sites where that word gets flagged; it’s the word I personally prefer to use since acronyms still feel limiting, but I know queer is not a 100% accepted term for everyone). I knew I was interested in multiple genders at an early age, but I felt very isolated for a long time because I didn’t have any stories around me with characters who shared my interests. No one should feel isolated.
5) Having two books coming out so close together is a bit unusual. What’s your writing process like?
Haha, I only have two coming out so close to each other because they’re shorter works and cheaper to publish while I save up cash for the big stuff. But it’s still hard work! I’ll draft something, send to CPs for feedback, and then leave it alone for several months before going back to revising it. There’s always a different project to jump into. I released Team Phison about a year after I first drafted it, and MHIR is getting released about 7 months after being drafted. I like to take long breaks between projects so I’m more willing to cut what doesn’t work and do major overhauls. I draft quickly, but it takes a long time to reach the final product.
6) What kind of books do you like to read? Any recommendations?
I love reading fantasy and contemporary romances in both adult and YA age categories. My current amazing reads are Courtney Milan’s HOLD ME (trans Latina heroine and bi Thai/Chinese hero!!) and Jenn Bennett’s ALEX, APPROXIMATELY. Both deal with characters who are enemies IRL but BFFs/in love online. I love online relationships, as you can tell from Team Phison.
7) Is there any book that’s coming out that you’re excited for?
Amanda Foody’s ACE OF SHADES comes out in early 2018 that looks amazing, Six of Crows meets Spirited Away. I have no idea if it’s going to be a queer book or not? Books I know for sure are gonna be queer as heck are Diana Hurlburt’s SKIN DIVE and Audrey Coulthurst’s INKMISTRESS, both coming out in spring 2018. Also stoked for Candice Montgomery’s HOME AND AWAY, releasing sometime in 2018.
8) Any authors, indie or otherwise, you would like to recommend?
SOOOO MANY. Aside from the people mentioned in other questions, I’m also a huge fan of Dahlia Adler, Alyssa Cole, Julia Ember, Jason Reynolds, Tanya Chris, and Xen Sanders. They write amazing stuff, and they’re really pleasant to follow on Twitter, too. It helps a lot knowing your fave books are written by good people.
9) All-time favorite book? Favorite author?
My all-time fave book is Charles Dickens’ A TALE OF TWO CITIES. It was the first book to really capture my heart and has never left me. My all-time favorite author is either a toss-up between Alyssa Cole or Courtney Milan. Everything they write touches me so deeply.
10) Anything, besides your book in December, we should keep our eyes out for?
I release short stories every month on the Patreon I’m a part of! Some are freebies, so please browse https://www.patreon.com/crystalqueer! Other than that, I’m hoping to release the next book in the fantasy series by late spring or early summer.