Category Archives: City of Spires

A Week in Asexual Characters – Brune

Claudie Arseneault/ October 26, 2017/ Characters, City of Spires, Projects, Writing/ 0 comments

So by now I have written characters that feel naturally ace, characters that counter ace-related tropes, and a lot of smaller incidental ace characters that are fun and remind me I exist everywhere. But. What I have yet to do is properly reclaim some of the nastiest tropes. Or, well, it would be more accurate to say I have not

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A Week in Asexual Characters – Cal

Claudie Arseneault/ October 24, 2017/ Characters, City of Spires, Community, Writing/ 0 comments

Unlike Henry and Nevian, Cal is a character I decided to make aroace. Isandor has existed for a long time, and there were multiple instances of me stopping, looking at my cast, and considering how I could make it more diverse. What could I change? What would it affect and how would it ripple out? How did it modify backstory,

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City of Betrayal Cover Reveal

Claudie Arseneault/ September 8, 2017/ Books, City of Spires, Publication, Writing/ 0 comments

It’s time! Patreon and newsletter subscribers have had the privilege of seeing this cover earlier than anyone else, but here it is, the full wrap-around cover! Have you basked it its glory yet? Appreciated the incendiary sky and the ridiculous amount of (hand-drawn) details on the main building? I am, it is needless to say, all heart-eyes over this second

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Summer Sale!

Claudie Arseneault/ May 21, 2017/ Books, City of Spires, Publication, Viral Airwaves, Wings of Renewal/ 0 comments

Hey all! It’s May 22nd, 2017, and everything I have written is on sale! All of it, no exception, until the end of the month! Viral Airwaves – $1.99 (Kindle) / $0.99 (all others) Asexual MC, enemies-to-lovers plotline between a gay captain and a bisexual rebel leader, established couples being <3 at each other, government conspiracies! Henry Schmitt loves his noodles and would

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Gritty Stories, Humanizing Villains, and Narrative Consequences

Claudie Arseneault/ May 18, 2017/ Characters, City of Spires, Worldbuilding, Writing/ 0 comments

For as long as I remember, I have loved villains. It’s not really a surprise. Main characters usually are pretty bland and have telegraphed romances, while villains have rich motives, a lot of drive, and are so often coded as queer (and heck, often more precisely as aromantic and asexual). I lived for Redemption Arcs and absolutely loved novels who

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The Dive – An Exclusive Jaeger/Diel Isandor Short Story

Claudie Arseneault/ February 8, 2017/ Books, City of Spires, Publication, Writing/ 0 comments

It feels like these days, my blog is full of cool announcements. That’s good, it’s how I like it! So what is today’s? Simple: I have written a bonus short story to go along with City of Strife, featuring the two very gay elves at the heart of House Dathirii. More specifically, how they (Diel and Jaeger) met and fell in

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A Grey-Scale Cover

Claudie Arseneault/ February 5, 2017/ Books, City of Spires, Projects, Publication/ 0 comments

This is going to be quick. Unforeseen circumstances have added some solid delays to my cover reveal. As in, closer to publication than I am comfortable with waiting. It sucks, but that is life, there’s no real way around it. So while I will not have a cover finished in all of its glory for a while, I do have a

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Announcing… The Kraken Collective!

Claudie Arseneault/ February 1, 2017/ Books, City of Spires, Community, Projects, Publication/ 0 comments

Are you ready for exciting news? I hope you’re ready for them.  I have been sitting on this one for such a long time, and it might be my biggest project of the coming year(s). Hopefully it will be. It’s The Kraken Collective! The Kraken Collective is an alliance of indie authors who have pooled resources to publish high-quality fiction while

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