<span class="vcard">Lena Brassard</span>
Lena Brassard

Society of Unlikable Heroines

Inspired by the millionth “heroines aren’t allowed to possess any of the less savory qualities people swoon over in heroes” discussion, I bashed my head against Photoshop for a while until a logo fell out. And then I put it on pretty much every item Redbubble has to offer, from acrylic blocks to zipper pouches. So if you’re fond of heroines deemed too proud, too cold, too tormented, too angry, too promiscuous, too cynical, too mercenary, too scary, too weird, too uncivil, or too otherwise “unrelatable,” check out the store for a dizzying array of apparel, beverage containers, home décor, …

Introducing My Serial: Grave Oversight

Today marks the launch of Kindle Vella, a serial fiction platform for stories delivered in “episodes” that readers unlock with tokens.  I had a partially written serial going to waste, so when Amazon announced this was on the horizon, I dusted off that story, revised what I had, and finished drafting to the end of the first arc (the equivalent of Book One in a series of novels). I’m typically far too cautious to be an early adopter, but “going to waste” makes this particular leap a low-risk venture. Grave Oversight  © 2021 Lena Brassard Categories: Paranormal, Mystery Tags: ghost, …

Trailer: Grave Oversight

As a reader, I’m unmoved by book trailers, but they’re kinda fun to make and free with Lumen5, so it’s a relatively painless promotional attempt, regardless of efficacy. Here’s one for my serial Grave Oversight, coming next week. (Music only; in-image text captioned for screen readers.) I will, of course, share more information when I have it. There’s a blog-to-email option in the right sidebar/bottom of your screen on mobile, I endure on Twitter, and the shiny new newsletter quivers in anticipation of its maiden voyage.

We Interrupt Your Scheduled Program with This Unimportant Announcement

The fantasy romance is on hold for a minute while I play the “no, really, a serial is a viable option” game again. I don’t quite have to start from scratch with that story, but it’s also not what you could call “finished” with a straight face, so I have some work to do before the platform opens up. Even if I can’t get the whole first arc of the story reader-ready by opening day, I’d like at least half of it immediately available and the rest needing just a prose polish so it can roll out in a timely …

KotSQ: Revision Update #4

I wanted to be here 10 days ago, but I’m in a high-stress situation that vacuums up most of the mental energy this job requires. Nevertheless, the first act is done (for this round of revision). Between cuts and additions, 39 pages of Old Draft is now 48 pages of New Draft. I talked a little about my typical naming process last time (“pinch of column A, pinch of column B, smoosh ’em together”). When that yields inadequate results, I use a trick from my merch tie-in gig: take a pinch of various words that apply to what’s being named …