Jack of Spades - Author Notes

By Laurie Tom
Nov 11, 2019 · 311 words · 2 minutes


From the author: Jack of Spades is my new serialized novella being released specifically for Curious Fictions supporters. It's been a long time coming, and now I'm happy to share.


Hi everyone,

I've started serializing my novella Jack of Spades for subscribers, but the first part is free for everyone!  The seed of this story came to me years ago (in fact, a lot of the key details were part of a dream I had) and I was very happy with the draft I wrote at the time.  But eventually I ended up shelving it for a variety of reasons.

Part of it was my own insecurity, part of it was that I grew tremendously as a writer between now and when I originally wrote it.  And so it stayed shelved even though I always meant to get back to it.

Jack of Spades takes place on a space colony that has been taken over in a political coup that has cut it off from the rest of humanity.  And for five years its citizens have been isolated from the greater universe.

This is actually the second story in this setting, though reading the first is unnecessary.  At the time I had intended to make a series of shorts highlighting unrelated characters and their conflicts as they tried to survive and overthrow the regime they found themselves in, and this is the most developed out of the three.  (The third is in a similar space where it was drafted and then shelved.)

Jack of Spades has been heavily revised since its last draft and I think it better reflects my storytelling abilities now.  I'm releasing it to thank my subscribers for supporting me and to give them a taste of something new that has not been published anywhere else.  Each installment will come out every two weeks until the story is done.

I hope you enjoy, and if you are currently a free reader, I hope you like it enough to consider subscribing!


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Laurie Tom

Laurie Tom is a Chinese American author living in southern California. She likes books, video games, and anime.