An Origin Story, written by Kelsey Clifton
I grew up in Houston, where I might have been kidnapped by bridge trolls and sewer alligators and then traded back for control of local water interests. As a teenager I won my familiar (a cantankerous grey cat) in a contest with a Faerie Queen (although to be honest, she was sick of him hogging all the covers anyway). At the tender age of 119 I began writing my first novel, which has since disappeared into the bowels of my closet, never to be seen again. After college I sold my services to a witch, and we spent four years living in Italy, righting wrongs and drinking too much espresso. Eventually I moved back to Houston and started selling off organs to support a ridiculous life decision: Becoming a full-time novelist.
In all semi-seriousness, I’ve been putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards) since I was a kid, but my writing career started in earnest on August 26, 2018 when I released my debut novel, A Day Out of Time. I spent years trying to go down the traditional route, and now I’m enjoying the creative control that comes with being an indie author – but not the instability. So if irreverent science fiction is your jam, give my work a try. If you like what you read, be sure to tell your friends, families, and mortal enemies about it, because my latte-and-book fund is getting low
“Before you read A Day Out of Time you should be warned: you’re in for fast paced fun and laughs. Several times I found myself laughing out loud as I read. The unique cast of characters have depth and individuality, while the sci-fi concept is both intelligent and well researched. It’s smart, witty, and a blast. It’s a indie gem.” Ryan Meier, Worldhoppers Guild
Cat Fiyero is no stranger to chaos. Once a year the world fractures into rifts, allowing modern New Yorkers to walk side-by-side with dinosaurs, killer mermaids, and beings from distant stars. The cleanup falls to people like Cat and the brilliant but damaged members of Gamma team, who all know from personal experience that their job has a way of haunting anyone who gets close.
Nothing about a Day is ever simple, and if this band of misfits wants to make it through the next twenty-four hours unscathed, their only choice is to stick together. The rules are simple: Identify and relocate subjects. Clear and close rifts. Don’t cause trouble.
Too bad Cat and her team aren’t much for rules.
Book 2 – A Day Out of Time
When Mia Islington joined Charlie Team, she expected danger. Even in the volatile world of the Dogs, rift-hopping isn’t for the faint of heart; there’s always the risk that when you cross over, you might not cross back.
She also expected to find herself in some undignified situations. Trussed up like a spider’s dinner, covered in Horlanan slime, being chased by a beaver the size of a bear – nothing is too extreme for a Watchdog.
But what Mia didn’t expect was that knowledge – of the future, of her impact, of her own limitations – would end up being the heaviest burden of all. When every decision might mean the unraveling of Time itself, how do you make the right one?