Tuesday, May 7, 2019

"99 Erics" – an update about my forthcoming novel!

Over the last few years, I have been writing silly, surreal, sex-positive fiction centered on a character named Kat Cataclysm. Back in 2016, I published the chapbook you see here, full of short pieces that were supposedly penned by her. And this fall, my/her debut novel – 99 Erics: a Kat Cataclysm faux novel – will be released!
[Note: it has since been released, read more at the link!]

99 Erics will be published on Switch Hitter Press in October, 2019 early 2020. A description of the book, plus links to excerpts, are below. More info (including cover art) will be made available once it is complete.

If you are a writer or media outlet interested in reviewing 99 Erics, or interviewing me about the book, please contact me, and I'd be happy to get you a review copy as soon as they are available!

In the meantime, here is a brief description...

Kat Cataclysm is an ethically non-monogamous bisexual woman and absurdist short fiction writer. 99 Erics is a humorous account of Kat’s experiences writing a book called 99 Erics, which is about her experiences dating ninety-nine different people named Eric. It is more surreal than slutty. Not that there is anything wrong with slutty.

The book is largely comprised of humorous anecdotes from Kat’s dates with various Erics; satirical takes on relationships, sexual conventions, language, the writing process, book publishing, online media, and tech culture; and Kat’s smart yet silly digressions on a variety of topics, including the distorted nature of memories, hipsters, sex toys, sabermetrics, YA dystopian fiction, trendy restaurants, Freudian slips, banana slug mating practices, lucid dreaming, the internet of things, and Prince lyrics, to name but a few. These more fanciful passages are seamlessly interwoven with more serious and mundane matters, such as navigating the world as a woman and sexual minority, being an outcast who doesn’t really fit in, struggling to make ends meet, and reconciling one’s past with the present. The end result is a fun and fast read that tackles meaty subjects and contemporary issues along the way.

Here is the mandatory “Out of Africa meets Pretty Woman” description:
99 Erics is kinda sorta like a Michelle Tea novel meets Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Except that none of it takes place in outer space.

Here are a few excerpts from 99 Erics – more will be added as they become available...

a live reading from the chapter "Posers" – Kat Cataclysm shares her views on queer identity and her experiences coming out as so-called "baby dyke" way back when...

a live reading from the chapter "Publishers Clearing House" (originally called "Poetry Slammed" in her chapbook) – a send-up of slam poetry, YA fiction, and searching for a publisher.

Three additional chapters (Eric Number One, Fucking Expectations, and Shopping Carts, Part One) have been made exclusively available to Julia’s Patreon supporters.