The Cassie Tam Files Book 1
by Matt Doyle
Genre: SciFi, Crime Noir, Clean Lesfic
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Synopsis: When PI Cassie Tam is hired to investigate the death of a local virtual reality junkie, she thinks it will be easy money. In New Hopeland, VR junkies die every day, and the local PD already declared it an accidental overdose on synthetic stimulants. But the more she digs, the more that things don’t add up.
To make things even more complicated, her client, the deceased’s sister Lori, is a Tech Shifter – someone who uses a metal exoskeleton to roleplay as an animal – and Cassie has always been wary of that community. That wouldn’t be a problem if Lori wasn’t fast becoming the first person she’s been genuinely attracted to since splitting with her ex.
Easy money, huh? Yeah, right.
The Fox, The Dog and The King
The Cassie Tam Files Book 2
Synopsis: When PI Cassie Tam and her girlfriend Lori try to make up for their recent busy schedules with a night out at the theatre to watch the Tech Shift performer Kitsune, the last thing they expected was for Cassie to get a job offer. But some people are never off the clock, and by the end of the evening, Cassie has been drawn into a mundane but highly paid missing pet case. Unfortunately, in New Hopeland City, even something as simple as little lost dog can lead you down some dark paths.
Until now, Cassie wasn’t aware that there even was a rabbit hole, let alone how far down it goes.
The Cassie Tam Files Book 3
Synopsis: New Hopeland City may be the birthplace of Tech Shifter gear, but it isn’t the only place that likes to blend technology with folklore. Now, a new nightmare is stalking the streets…
When PI Cassie Tam is attacked on the way home one night, she expects the police to get involved. What she doesn’t expect is to be forced into acting as bait to lure out a lunatic in a tech-suit that’s literally out for blood. But past actions have consequences, and doing so may be the only way she can get a clean slate from the city’s law makers.
If only that didn’t mean having to face down a wannabe vampire.
Is Silence Golden?
Writers tend to fall broadly into two categories: those that need silence to write, and those that prefer to have some background noise. Me personally, I fall into the ‘needs noise’ category. See, I’ve tried to write in silence, but it just doesn’t work. Why? Because I’m easily distracted.
That probably sounds a little odd, right? I’m easily distracted, yet I need an auditory distraction to write. Here’s the thing though. My mind is naturally very busy. Whether I’m writing, cooking, cleaning, or pretty much anything else, it tends to wander. It’s like I can’t help but look for distractions no matter what I’m doing. So, when I tried writing in silence, I found that I’d manage a few lines, then start looking around the room and listening out for things going on outside. Then I’d get back to it, and after a few more lines, I’d start thinking about something completely unrelated. It was absolutely maddening.
Then I discovered how useful music was for me. With music playing in the background, my mind has a pre-made distraction running to focus on. With that in place, the worse that happens is that I end up acknowledging that music is playing and just carry on. That I can pick playlists of songs that fit with the feel of the scene that I’m writing is a great help too as it gets me into the right mood for the action on the page.
Now, this rarely works if the music is playing on the TV. Sometimes, if it’s a live performance that’s fairly stripped down, it won’t matter. If it’s a big show or a music video though, I get drawn to the visuals. As such, I tend to play the music in the background on the laptop, as the only visuals in front of me is then the slowly growing pile of words in front of me.
So there we go. I get distracted far too easily, so need to set up a singular distraction to distract me from getting distracted by other distractions, or I can’t write. Nothing like keeping it simple, eh?
Matt Doyle is a speculative fiction author from the UK and identifies as pansexual and genderfluid. Matt has spent a great deal of time chasing dreams, a habit which has led to success in a great number of fields. To date, this has included spending ten years as a professional wrestler, completing a range of cosplay projects, and publishing multiple works of fiction.
These days, Matt can be found working on multiple novels and stories, blogging about pop culture, and plotting and planning far too many projects.
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