#writeLGBTQ #StrikingBalanceNovel This week’s theme is limit. Limitless. Limited time. Limited range. Limited… sight? Yes, sight, the unique ability to see into the future or into the past. It runs in my family, but my own is limited to the occasional spirit voice and dreaming of family deaths before they happen. Those dreams are accurate enough to be quite depressing, if not frightening, and my main character in Striking Balance, Ben, has the exact same problem. His thoughts on the matter are mine as well.


Having the sight and it being limited to family deaths is a curse, so much so that I refuse to further dwell on the subject.

                                                – Benjamin Schnell

Striking Balance is a side tale in the #AppalachianElementals series, the backstory of two characters you meet in Keeping House. This is their story, their romance, how they came to be together, and, yes, it’s most certainly a queer tale no matter how it looks on the surface. Striking Balance is set in the late 18th century in Northeast Tennessee along the Nolichucky River.

The entire Appalachian Elementals series, both the main series and side tales, focus on Appalachian traditions and culture, family of making, family of choice, fey, and contain a healthy dose of elemental folk magic, witchcraft, and magic realism. It’s an interweaving series that takes place over the course of 3000 years, though I’ve only seriously explored just over 400 years thus far.

I have a heap of story fodder to pick from, so you can expect new stories for the foreseeable future.

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