About T. S. Beier
My two mutts: Denny and Ruger
The T. in T. S. Beier stands for Tina. Only those I trust know what the S. stands for. I live in Ontario, Canada, with my partner, daughter, two dogs, and another daughter on the way.
I'm a huge sci-fi nerd. Of the 50+ books I read a year, over half are sci-fi, though I also have a fondness for Victorian Domestic Fiction and experimental fiction.
I love boating, skiing, paddle-boarding, travel, coffee, cooking, podcasts, craft beer, tattoos, and video games (my favourites being Fallout 3/New Vegas, Minecraft, and Mass Effect). My personal Instagram features a lot of these activities and is public, if you'd like to follow me.
I have a B.A. (Hons) in English, a Certificate in Publishing, a Certificate in Interior Decorating, and a Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing. I was an editor for five years with a further five in the legal publishing industry as a project coordinator. If you're interested in my professional life, you can visit my Other Works page.
My Five Favorite Sci-Fi Books:
Valor's Trial (Tanya Huff)
City of Saints and Madmen (Jeff Vandermeer)
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Becky Chambers)
Jade D'Arcy duology (Stephen Goldin/Mary Mason)
The Fall of the Towers (Samuel Delaney)
My Five Favorite Books/Series (not sci-fi):
The Sound and the Fury (William Faulkner)
The Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov)
Fingersmith (Sarah Waters)
The Broken Earth trilogy (N.K. Jemisin)
House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
My Five Favourite Movies:
Mad Max: Fury Road
Alien Versus Predator
Pride and Prejudice (Kiera Knightley)
I also love Star Wars (including the shows) and Star Trek.
Other authors I love: Alan Dean Foster, Kameron Hurley, Joe Abercrombie, Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Cunningham, A.S. Byatt, Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell. And poet W.H. Auden.
My Writing Journey
I've been writing since I was thirteen-years-old. My first project was an egregious Game of Thrones fan-fic/rip-off called The Cost of Freedom. It exists in hardcopy only, as any floppy disks I once had are long gone (this is probably for the best).
Since then, I have written dozens of short stories (a lot of fan fiction, which I would argue is a great place for beginning writers to practice), a fantasy epic, What Branches Grow, a sci-fi action, a hard sci-fi drama, and I am working on a pulp space opera trilogy. Despite having a "full life" (9-5 job, a toddler, a partner, a house that has undergone as many renovations as it has rooms, and two rambunctious pets) I've always made time for writing.
Why did I decide to self-publish What Branches Grow?
The publishing industry is a hard one to break into, especially in Canada where the market leans towards the esoteric. I've read Stephen King's On Writing, as well as other self-help writing works, but sometimes persistence just doesn't pay off. To quote Benny from Fallout New Vegas, sometimes it feels like "the game was rigged from the start". I sent out query letters and cold-submissions to dozens of agents and publishers, and, quite frankly, I was sick and tired of waiting. So, I decided to publish it myself.
Self-publishing is definitely time-consuming and 100% terrifying. To put your work out there, without a publisher backing you up, is scary. And the learning curve is immense if you're not coming from a background in marketing. I had no idea if I was making the right choices. I'm indebted to the 2020 Women In Publishing Summit, two books in particular (Self-Published Millionaire (Joseph Alexander and Tim Pettingale) and Online Marketing for Busy Authors (Fauzia Burke)) and Shayla Raquel's Curiouser Author Network and book on Author Branding. To help others, I'm providing some free guides and videos about self-publishing (as well as paid services, which you can find here).
Overall, I'm so glad I did it. Delia and Gennero's story has been with me for so long it was hard to let it go, but I'm glad they're out in the world. I hope you like their tale too.