2020 Snapshot: Jamie Sands

Jamie grew up in Wellington and was a library devotee and constant reader of fiction from a very early age. Their fiction covers Romantic Comedy, Horror, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy and Cosy Mysteries. They published a Young Adult horror novel and have self-published a number of roleplaying games as well as queer romance under the pen names Jaxon Knight and Drake LaMarque. They live in Auckland with their wonderful wife and a cat called Mochi. Jamie has visited Japan three times and would like to move into Tokyo Disneyland.     

1. Tell us about your recent publications/projects?

I’ve got a couple of books coming out later this year which I’m very excited about – both of them urban fantasy set in Auckland, where I live. One of them is part of a New Zealand set shared universe project with a bunch of writers I really admire.

My recent publications this year have been queer paranormal romances under a pen name. The newest series features pirates, a vampire and a Lovecraftian cult, which is a ton of fun to write. I’m a big believer in fun when I’m writing.

2. What has been the best publishing or SF community experience of your career so far?

I’ve enjoyed the National sci-fi and fantasy cons, especially last year’s one in Rotorua. It’s always fun to hang out with other writers and learn and laugh together. Especially going out to dinner to a brilliant Japanese place, and then convincing people to join me at Cobb and Co for traffic light drinks.

This year’s highlight is being part of a little online community of spec fic writers, they’re all so lovely and supportive.

3. Which recent Australian/NZ work would you recommend to international fans interested in expanding their Antipodean spec fic knowledge?

The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A.J. Fitzwater. Just look at the premise: lesbian capybara pirate in space! So fantastically fun and sweet and strange.

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