About T. S. Beier

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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, two daughters, and two dogs.

 

I'm a huge sci-fi nerd. Of the 60+ 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). 

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. I am currently an entrepreneur and freelance editor. 

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Whispering Stories

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)

  • Gideon the Ninth (Tamsyn Muir)

My Five Favourite Movies:

  • Jurassic Park

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

  • Alien Versus Predator

  • Amelie

  • 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.  I also love the Aliens vs Predator 1990s book series by Steve Perry and S.D. Perry. 

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 my upcoming space opera, The Burnt Ship Trilogy. 

Why did I decide to self-publish?

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 when I first started (and I have learned so much). 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 book on Author Branding. Book Twitter is also, for the most part, a welcoming and helpful place. 

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.